Beef Round-up: How are your silage supplies this winter?


Do you know how to calculate the silage requirements for your farm? Check out this week's Beef Round-Up.

Beef Round-up: How are your silage supplies this winter?

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Do you know how to calculate the silage requirements for your farm? Check out this week's Beef Round-Up.

In this week’s Beef round-Up, we are turning our attention to silage supplies. Do you know how to calculate your silage requirements? Use the guidelines below to draft an estimate for your farm and livestock.

We are singling out the different age groupings in order to determine their total requirements.

For a suckler cow

No of cows x No of months x Tonnes per month = Total Required

Example,

20 cows x 3 months (Turnout 1st April) x 1.4 tonnes = 84 tonnes of silage required.

For Weanlings

No of weanlings x No of months x Tonnes per month = Total Required

Example,

25 weanlings x 3 months (Turnout 1st April) x 0.7 tonnes= 52.5 tonnes of silage required.

No of animals x No of months x Tonnes per month = Total Required

Example,

10 cattle x 3 months (Turnout 1st April) x 1.3 tonnes = 39 tonnes of silage required.

Remaining

We need to see how much is left in the silage pit or in the bales or both for consumption.

For the silage pit you need to measure the length, height, and width, in metres, then do the following calculation:

Length(m) x height(m) x width(m)

1.4 = Amount left in tonnes

For baled silage the following calculation will work out the tonnes of silage available to you:

No. of bales x 600kg (or 700kg for well-packed bales) = amount left in tonnes


Solutions

A number of options can be considered if supplies dwindle on your farm:

1. Increase concentrates – Reduces the need for extra silage.

2. Purchase more silage.

3. Sell stock.

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