Silage Insights eNewsletter title Silage Insights eNewsletter: tractor, cows, silage, sheep

Spring 2008

As the new silage season approaches, many farmers are wondering how to get the most value from silage in 2008, particularly in light of the difficult season we experienced last year. Adverse weather and difficult climate conditions have had a significant impact on the farming community over the past years. Alongside this, livestock farmers are asked to contribute to the global fight against warming by reducing CO2 emissions from their operations.

In this issue of Silage Insights, you will find useful insights and testimonials on how baling can be an important tool to help farmers cope with unpredictable weather and how farmers can have a positive impact on these issues by following best practice on silage production. We also look at some recent research that Dow Europe GmbH (Dow) commissioned in Poland and feeding requirements for horses and calves.

Finally, I would like to encourage you to take a few minutes to contribute to our survey  - your feedback will help us to better respond to your specific needs.

On behalf of the Dow silage team, I wish you a successful silage season.

Norbert Schulze
Silage Marketing Manager
Dow Europe GmbH

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Dealing with the weather lottery in silage making
Farmers have always had a challenging relationship with the weather, as the elements play such a decisive role in the fortunes of farms. The weather is becoming more extreme and unpredictable, affecting forage harvesting in particular. Read more.

Improving silage quality and reducing CO2 emissions
Whilst everyone talks about ecological footprint and emissions of greenhouse gas, this article explains how the farming community can also reduce its impact on the environment by improving silage quality at the same time. Read more.

Determining dairy cow herd performance and health with in calf feeding
The metabolic change from lactation to pregnancy and then back to lactating constitutes one of the greatest health - infectious and metabolic - risk for dairy cows. Read more.

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New research study: 'Comparing the effects of the number of wrap layers applied to bales on silage preservation, losses and nutrient quality'
The new research commissioned by Dow and conducted by the Falenty Institute (IMUZ) in Poland confirms previous research studies on the positive effects of increasing the number of wrap layers on silage bales on fermentation, dry matter losses, quality and nutritive value of silage. Read more.

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Silage production in wet weather and tough markets
Maurice Jones, owner of a dairy farm of 1000 hectares in Montgomeryshire, in Mid-Wales (UK), shares best practices on how he copes with unpredictable weather conditions and how to produce best quality silage and make a decent profit. Read more.

Bale silage for horses - a good feeding alternative
Peter Imholze, agricultural contractor from Schwaförden in Lower Saxony (Germany) shares his tips for producing quality bale silage for horse feeding. Read more.

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News from Dow:

Silage Insights Survey: help us to better help you
Since 2004, we have tried to offer an informative and thought provoking resource on bale silage. Please take a few minutes to fill-in our survey to help us shape the next issues of Silage Insights to better respond to your needs. Take the survey now or anytime before end of July '08.

Dow reinforces its dedication to the Polish market
As part of its long-term programme in the European silage market, Dow reinforced its participation in the Polish market by becoming member of the National Association of Village Chairmen ( Among other joint educational activities, a one day seminar on bale silage best practices will be organised for dairy and beef farmers at the Regional Dairy Cooperative in Koło on May 26, 2008.

Dow at Grassland & Muck Show, United Kingdom, May 21-22
Dow will be participating at the 2008 Grassland event along with BPI (British Polythene Industries) and IGER (Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research). Come visit us at the BPI stand 409   to see how you can improve your potential return from silage and benefit from the Economic Benefit Tool from IGER to help you compare the value from feeding bales compared to clamp silage. For more information on the show, visit

Dow sponsors European Grassland Federation Conference, Sweden, June 9-12
Held biannually, the conference attracts researchers, advisors, decision-makers and industry with interest in grassland use and conservation. This year's theme is "Biodiversity and animal feed - future challenges for grassland production". For more information on the conference, visit

Industry news:

New stretch film by BPI.Formipac - A longer-length, lower thickness silage stretch film - SilotitePRO, has been developed for combi-machines. The film manufacturer claims that the thinner gauges of film is the result of advances in technology and raw materials, providing high oxygen permeability, strength and tear resistance while less plastic is needed per bale. For more information, visit:

Latest news from machinery manufacturers

  • UK's First New Holland FR9090 at Grassland - New Holland will showcase the FR9090 forage harvester, the largest model in the range and the only example in the United Kingdom for 2008, at the Grassland exhibition. For more information, visit
  • Latest Round Balers from Case IH at Grassland - Grassland 2008 visitors will also be able to see Case IH's latest RBX344, RBX454 and RBX464 round balers at the company's stand. For more information, visit
  • New Vicon bale wrapper launched in Poland - Vicon launched its new fixed chamber balers for green-forage in the Polish market: RF 2121, RF 2125, RF 2235 and baler-wrapper RF 2235 BalePack which combines one-man baling and wrapping operations. For more information, visit
  • Krone round baler awarded at Agritechnica - The new Krone optimised round baler, Comprima F 155 / F 155 XC, was awarded the gold medal for innovation by a jury composed of independent experts at the last Agritechnica exhibition in Hanover. For more information, visit:

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