Maize (LINK)

Project details

The use of maize silage fed with grass silage, or as a buffer feed with high protein spring grass, can reduce methane production and nitrogen pollution  High fibre diets tend to produce higher methane outputs compared with high starch diets (e.g. those based on maize silage). Maize has also been shown to improve the utilisation of feed N in the rumen, and to lead to reductions in the total N and readily available N content of excreta.  

All rationing systems rely on accurate estimates of the nutrient content of forage feeds produced on farm. Poor predictions lead to variable animal performance and inefficient use of nutrients, resulting in reduced economic return and increased environmental pollution. 

The overall objective was to develop reliable NIRS-based prediction equations of the energy content and degradability characteristics of maize silage for use by the UK farming industry. 

Completion Date
April 2012

Other Delivery Partners
University of Reading, Bioparametrics Ltd, Feed into Milk, EBLEX, DairyCo, Maize Growers Association, AB Agri Ltd, Ecosyl products Ltd, Biotal Ltd, Richard Keenan & Co, David Bright Ltd, Syngenta Seeds Ltd, FAA group

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The information gathered should improve the prediction of nutrient and energy content of maize silage, increase accuracy of diet formulation and reduce nutrient wastage. The Feeding+ programme promotes feed efficiency for yield, quality and profit.

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