Project number:                    74605

Lead contractor:                   Kingshay Farming and Conservation Ltd

Partners:                                   EBLEX

Start & end date:                   October 2009 – January 2010

Actual end date:                    19 May 2010

 

The Problem:

Homegrown forage crops provide enormous potential for farmers to reduce their feed costs, but achieving the benefits from these crops depends on being able to achieve good yields and manage crop rotations wisely to ensure enough of the required types of forages are valuable to meet livestock requirements.

 

Project Aims:

To report the potential of a selection of grazed and conserved crops to optimise the overall forage production and feed quality within livestock systems.

 

Approach:

This report considers the range of crops available to farmers and how they might best fit within a rotation to provide the required supply of nutrients whilst at the same time considering the agronomic factors that will affect yield and therefore cost per tonne DM.

 

Results: 

The final report includes:

  • Presentation of key crop factors and costs
  • Examples of crop rotations
  • Stock feed requirements guide
  • Summary sheet

 

Planned activity:

The final report is available on the web and the forage information will be available as factsheets in due course.  The information will also be useful for in briefings, top tips and other industry communications and events.