The Maize Growers Association figures for the maize crop this year indicate that a 43t /ha crop will be costing about £29 per tonne fresh weight to grow - a lower yield will inevitably push this figure up.
This could be an unfortunate but likely scenario for many after a dry summer.
Waste in silage clamps can be as high as 20% or as low as 5% in well managed and covered clamps.
But how much of your silage will be affected by your choice of sheeting?
See - https://dairy.ahdb.org.uk/…/do-yo...u-have-too-much-waste-in…/…
'For clamps, the vulnerable zone is 0.5m from the side wall or the top sheet of the clamp. Many producers disregard this portion of the clamp as being the ‘bits around the side’ but these evaluations show a significant proportion (on average 27 per cent of the volume and 21 per cent of the fresh weight) of all the silage is in these vulnerable zones. For the clamps assessed, the average cost of filling the clamp was around £21,000, which means on average over £4,000 worth of silage is in the vulnerable zone'.
When you are considering your silage clamps and covers - don’t cut corners come to ARK Agriculture and we will give you all the advice and products you need to keep clamps waste in single figures.
This includes Oxygen Barrier silage sheets (no more cling film!) , netting gravel bags and our gravel bag fixing system.
You can read more about the range here or give us a call!
Farm safety is something that the industry is going to great efforts to improve and one way you can make your farm a safer place to work is to ensure your staff wear hi-visibility clothing.
This might mean having to wear fluorescent vests over work clothes - hi-vis vests can be forgotten, dirty and uncomfortable when they are worn for long periods in tractor cabs.
ARK Agriculture, better known for their innovation in silage clamps and silage clamp covering, have the solution with their unique range of extremely highly quality, high visibility work shirts.
‘We took our time to find the right partner to supply us the best possible hard wearing and comfortable shirts on the market and the Swedish company Blakladers range ticked those boxes,’ Says ARK Director Will Wilson.
The shirts have the same ‘built in’ visibility requirements as conventional florescent jackets ; High Vis class 1 requirements, and EN ISO 20471- the shirts marked UV also meet the requirements EN1356-2 (UPF 40+) – sun protection
They are made out of polyester and/or cotton which have been treated to create a breathable, tough and comfortable material that can easily be worn all day.
‘Having taken these shirts for a road test ourselves and after some awesome feedback from customers we can safel
y say these are a perfect safety solution for anyone working on a farm in the UK’
The shirts can be branded with your own farm logo and ARK welcomes all enquiries for large and small volume orders.
Call ARK now on 01787220560, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the advantages you might want to consider from ARK Safety Shirts.
For the employer
Never have staff on site without wearing the appropriate high-vis (no more leaving mucky high vis vests in tractor cabs)
Easily identify the people on your farm, if they aren’t wearing your shirts, they shouldn’t be there
Invest in your staffs presentation and your farms image
Give your staff the right clothing from day one that will last well and they will want to wear
Reduce the risk of staff being injured on your farm
For the employee
A sense of team unity on the farm
Reduces the chance of serious injury to staff at night and working in low visibility areas
Easy to clean, the shirts will not shrink after multiple washes
Hard wearing double stitched seams and wicking material that reduces sweating and odour during long work days
Less personal cost for clothing, more hygienic as shirts can be laundered ‘on farm’
ARK Agriculture Ltd will be exhibiting this year at the UK AD & World Biogas Expo at the NEC in Birmingham from 11-12th July.
Our stand number is L409 - if you're thinking of building silage clamps for your AD plant or you need silage sheets for the upcoming maize harvest, feel free to stop by and have a chat with the team, we are always happy to help!
We will also be displaying a new range of spill containment products and enzymes that are used to increase biogas production.
We look forward to seeing you at the NEC on the 11 and 12th July.
- ARK Agriculture Ltd
Did you know...."60% of all silage pits are more than 10 years old and many of them don’t comply with the latest rules and regulations."
Clamp design and keeping in line with the latest regulations is paramount if you are looking at building a new silage clamp.
This article from Farmer's Weekly offers some great advice on building a new clamp, the current regulations and design tips to help you get the most out of your new silage clamp.
ARK Agriculture Ltd
Farmers are being urged to assess their silage clamps before this year’s maize harvest to ensure they are sound, safe to use and compliant with UK regulations.
This is the message from William Wilson, Business Development Director from sloping walled silage clamp supplier ARK Agriculture.
‘Our recent research into the silage clamp market in the UK carried out by Cambridge University, showed that 70% of silage clamps are more than 40 years old,’ says Mr Wilson, ‘the clamp will likely be the oldest, unchanged item on your farm’.
‘Is your silage clamp truly fit for purpose? We are seeing more and more clamps filled far too high, overloading walls, leaking, and putting operators safety at risk - rarely in this environment can good quality silage be achieved’.
Regulations and Pollution
Silage leachate is a by-product of silage making and is extremely corrosive. It can be highly polluting leading to legal action by the environment agency if it not contained and treated safely.
‘Silage leachate has a similar risk profile to raw sewage and can cause the same damage to the environment if absorbed into groundwater.’ Says Mr Wilson.
The current regulations on the design of new silage clamps is the SSAFO regs which can easily be found online. Although these regulations apply to clamps after 1990, older clamps which pollute will still fall foul of the EA.
‘At the end of the day if you are doing something on the farm which causes a pollution incident, regardless of how it happens, you are liable – so it’s worth reading and understanding the rules as they contain some handy well thought out advice’ .
ARK Agriculture now supply a range of spill containment products including IBC bunds, spill or sump pallets, spill trays, drum bunds and drum pallets.
CLICK HERE to download our Spill Containment brochure
- ARK Agriculture Ltd
On 14th May the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association (ADBA) is holding a free operator workshop in partnership with the Environment Agency and National Farmers Union.
ARK Agriculture will be speaking at the event discussing silage clamp compliance and how to enhance the performance of your clamps to produce the highest quality silage for your AD plant.
The day will provide useful, practical advice on how to improve plant performance, including:
The event is being held at the Environment Agency's Brampton Office, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, PE28 4NE and will run from approx. 10am to 4pm and will include lunch.
You can read more about the workshop here:
We look forward to seeing you there.
ARK Agriculture is attending Grassland UK 2018 at the Bath & West Showground on May 10th. If you are attending feel free to stop by and say hello.
If you are thinking of building new silage clamps then ARK Agriculture are the people to speak to - stop by our stand for a friendly chat about silage clamps or anything else silage related!
From the Bath & West website:
"Held on a working farm in Somerset, Grassland UK covers every aspect of forage production, from seeds to feeds, with machinery demonstrations, a technical advice area, seminars, silage clamp demonstrations and trade stands from all sectors of the industry.
The one-day triennial event attracts more than 8000 visitors from across the UK and beyond, showcasing a vast array of machinery demonstrations over the 100-acre site.
Visitors are able to see the latest equipment in action, learn about new grass varieties and technology, and speak to experts on any related topic."
We look forward to seeing you there!
Will, Francis and Oliver
Farmers in the South west should be looking at their silage clamps now, before spring, to ensure they are compliant with Environment Agency rules.
This is the message from Will Wilson, Business Development Director at silage clamp specialists ARK Agriculture.
‘We have had a surge of enquiries about the options for silage clamp systems in the South West’, Says Mr Wilson, ‘this is the result of focus from the Environment Agency who are now paying very close attention to clamps’.
Some farmers have found that their clamps have been condemned, which will be a major issue in the spring when they need to find alternative storage arrangements.