Winter forage will invariably be required on dairy farms to supplement dairy cattle when grass growth rate declines in early winter.The early planning of the winter feed budget is a key component in estimating the quantity of winter forage required on the individual farm.
A fodder budgeting worksheet is available to help calculate your winter forage requirement:
- Fodder Budgeting Worksheet(Excel Format)
Other useful documents:
- Bale size(PDF) for various types of bales commonly used to feed livestock during the winter
- MakingSilage(PDF) - Chapter 36 of the 亚博体育官网无法取款Teagasc Dairy Manual
- RoundBales(PDF) - Chapter 38 of 亚博体育官网无法取款Teagasc Dairy Manual
- Guideline onto theVisualAsessmentofSilage2012Vol6No2(PDF)
Guideline supplementary feeding levels for varying quality silages are found at Chapter 34 in 亚博体育官网无法取款Teagasc Dairy Manual:
The principles of managing your grass are explained in Chapter 37 of 亚博体育官网无法取款Teagasc Dairy Manual:
Forage crops grazedin situprovide an option for some farmers on dry land to reduce winter feed costs.Yield and efficient utilisation will have a major impact on any potential cost saving with these crops.Issues to consider include variability in yield,quality and cross compliance.
Give the low yields of rape,min-till or no-till options may be more cost effective than ploughing:
- More information onAlternative (forage) Options for Dairying(PDF,1.5MB)