The winter of 2012/13 has clearly highlighted the importance of silage feed quality. The poor harvesting conditions during 2012 and rising concentrate prices has clearly shown that good quality grass silage is very valuable on farm. Making top quality pit and round bale grass silage will increase animal performance while at the same time reducing the level of concentrate supplementation required. With the costs of silage production increasing, identifying management practices to increase your return on investment are more critical than ever.
The Irish Grassland Association will host two regional events in early March focusing on making top quality silage. The events will be sponsored by Yara and are being held in the North East (Ballyhaise College) and in the West (Westport). Commenting on these events Eva Ross Area Manager for Yara said “We are delighted to be associated with this event organised by the Irish Grassland Association. Considering the tough year farming has been through it is important for farmers to be aware of how to get the best results from their land, time and inputs.”
These events will focus on:
Speakers will include Dr. Padraig O’Kiely, Teagasc Grange, Dr. Tim Keady, Teagasc Athenry, David Colbourne, Teagasc, Ballyhaise and Austin Callaghan, Teagasc, Claremorris. This is an important event for all beef, dairy and sheep farmers and silage contractors.
The first event will take place at Ballyhaise College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan on Friday 1st March at 11am, and the second event will take place on the farm of Philip and Martin Lyons, Westport, Co. Mayo on Friday 8th March at 2pm. Each event will last approximately two hours. All are welcome and admission is free.
Dr. Padraig O’Kiely – Speaking at both events
Dr. Tim Keady – Speaking at both events