Efficient concepts for basic feed protection

Feed conservation with concept

Due to the extreme weather conditions, mould can often be found in the silage

AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG has continued to grow conceptually in the area of feed conservation. New topics have been introduced, processed and solutions and products for the farmer have been developed. Whereas in the past the focus was more on ensiling and grain preservation, today hay or straw preservation and the targeted fermentation of by-products are also integrated.

The term "feed conservation with concept" now includes all the columns of an efficient feed conservation system. "Feed conservation with system" combines plant and animal production. Only with the help of high-performance conservation is it possible to bring the maximum possible amount of what has grown in the field to the trough. This means producing the best basic forage, taking into account the objectives for quality and quantity. It is also important to keep an eye on losses and costs. The last seasons have shown this again. Due to the prolonged drought, forage became scarces. The central task of many farms was to quickly secure the best forage, both in quantity and quality.

This only worked with the help of efficient methods of feed conservation. In order for these methods to reach their full potential, powerful silage additives and preservatives should always be used. AGRAVIS offers well-founded concepts and a wide range of effective product. For example, the silage additives Siloferm and BioCool are already an integrated part of the silage production process on many farms. However our new products RaicoSil Hay und Proferm HC FL are also attracting increased attention. In addition to the use of the products, efficient feed conservation also means regularly checking the internal processes on the farm, for example by targeting silo control at the clamp. There is still potential here in many farms. Many farmers still know too little about the amount of feed produced, costs and in particular process related losses. This also explains why the losses in the grass silage production process are still far too high. On average for all farms, the total loss during the first cut is estimated at around 20 percent. On average, however, this also means that there are farms that have even higher losses.

The smell of the silage gives important information about the quality.

Losses of 20 percent are equivalent to a minus of almost 10.000 MJ NEL per hectare. That is about 3.200 litres of milk - considerable quantities in times of scarce feed resources. Many farmers are still too unaware of these dimensions. They only see the individual wheelbarrows being moved around, but not the total loss. The only thing that helps here is a concrete quantity survey: What grass was ensiled and how much was removed?

Good farms show how it works. That's why they also manage to reduce the total loss in grass silage production to below 8 percent. This means that of what has grown in the field, an extra 2.000 litres of milk arrives in the trough. The situation is similar for maize and CCM. Here too, there are still considerable resources. The same applies to cereals and hay or straw, which can only be fed to a limited extent due to a lack of good hygiene status. As a result, feed intake and animal performance decrease, the animals become sick and veterinary costs increase.

All these reserves must be sustainably developed and existing resources protected. In concrete terms, this means working more carefully, identifying and eliminating deficits in management, and controlling conservation or ensiling in a targeted manner with the help of suitable products. AGRAVIS offers these solutions in the form of well-founded concepts paired with high-performance products that are used individually for each farm. Because one thing is a fact: The performance from the basic forage ultimately determines the profit or loss on the farm.

Further information is available from Dr. Sabine Rahn, Product Manager silage fermentation. Telephone: +49 251 . 682-2289, sabine.rahn@agravis.de.

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