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!