Need for proper roughage
We've learned from experience that the quality of the roughage fed by cattle farmers is diverse. Dairy farms are also getting larger, thus increasing the need for high quality roughage. This growing demand is causing the prices of roughage to go up, so dairy farmers have an ever increasing need to generate good feed on their own land, and as much as possible.
Land is the guiding principle
We focus our green fodder crop policy on the optimum performance of the land. Our guiding principle here is the crop's requirement.
By giving advice on improving the soil structure, grass and corn strains, as well as on the proper fertilisation, mowing and harvesting times, we strive to improve the quality and the quantity of the roughage crop. In short, we want to realise optimum quality and quantity of your roughage, which results in healthier cows and lower feed costs. The focus of our advice includes the following themes:
- Soil structure and soil quality
- Grass composition
- Fertilisation (what type and when?)
- Corn strains
- Fertiliser (what type?)
- Mowing time
How does the green fodder crop process work
Assistance with the green fodder crop coincides with the feed assistance. The two reinforce each other. You can see this in the work method. For the green fodder crop advice, we proceed just as for the feed advice with farm visits. You are also actively supported from headquarters via emails and online support. The visits to your farm coincide in part with feed visits, but two annual visits, one in the spring and one in the fall, are scheduled for green fodder crops alone.
We work through the year using an advice cycle:
We draw up an agricultural fertilisation plan with you in the spring. That means that we discuss the results of the cycle indicator of the previous year. We also set the targets for the coming year. We naturally also use the feed input here as well. How much and what quality feed do you require for your dairy cattle? We use this information to draw up the agricultural fertilisation plan.
In the spring and summer you do the fertilising, seeding, mowing on the basis of the fertilisation plan. We actively examine the grassland in the spring using grassland scores.
We receive all silo information in the fall. We analyse and index this information. As a result of this we look for where possible problems in the ration could occur. We can take proactive action in order to come to an optimum ration using the right products.
4. CONCLUDING THE YEAR
The theme of this is updating and processing of:
- Mineral management
- Manure processing
- Building plan
- General order on the extent to which an activity is land-bound, land-based, or land-dependent
All this serves as input for drawing up the cycle indicator over the previous year.
Want to know more?
Contact Eelke Sikkema at +31 (0)592 614 265 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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