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TAS Country : September 23rd 2010
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 24, 2010 Ad feature Hay and silage season 2008524-100924 Demo McHale V660 Baler for immediate delivery drop floor- heavy duty chains- and frame McHale 991T Twin Dispenser Wrappers .Self loading - fully auto - Film break sensor- side tip Used Round Balers for sale New Holland 650 with String & Nett New Holland 650 String with wide pick up New Holland BR 740A Nett wide pick up: workshop checked New Holland BR740 Nett wide pick up: workshop checked New Holland BR740 as new 3000 bales John Deere 592 hi flow Class 180 Nett & String wide pick up $8800.00 Feroboli $3000.00 Square Baler Case IH 490 Small squares Case IH 331 Large Squares Case IH 8570 Large Squares SALES ANDREW SCHMIDT 0429 673 084 COL BUCKBY 0417 377 554 TREVOR SHIPTON 0428 142 041 HARVEST TIME: Feed testing is far more accurate than smell, colour or taste. One thing everyone has learnt from the drought is how important quality is for hay and silage. Crop of tips for hay quality MANY farmers --- sheep and beef, as well as dairy --- have commented how well their stock performed last summer and autumn on relatively small amounts of hay. This was due to the very high ME (metabolisable energy) and low NDF (neu- tral detergent fibre) of last year's hay and silage. ME and NDF are two important tests underta- ken when hay and silage is feed tested. Feed testing is essential for monitoring hay and silage quality, and is far more accurate than smell, colour or taste. ME should be 11.0 + MJ/ kg dm with an NDF less than 50 per cent. There are three secrets to high quality fodder: Cut at the right time. Wilt quickly. Ensure all leaf is green. Cereals must be cut as soon as they come to head. The ME of cereals is relatively stable at about 11MJ ME/kg dm (or high- er) until ear emergence. After this point, the qual- ity declines quickly, and ME levels may be as low as 9.5 MJ/kg of dry matter (DM) within two to three weeks. With wheat and barley, quality will again increase slightly at the dough stage, but theME will never be as high as at early ear emerg- ence, and cutting at the dough stage will also en- courage mice damage to stacked hay. Applying N fertiliser early in the season, and avoiding excessive N ferti- liser use, can avoid bitter- ness and unpalatability in hay. For silage, sugar content will also be highest at early ear emergence. This is important, as good quality silage re- quires lactic acid, and lac- tic acid requires sugar. High sugar levels mean low pH silage, which in turn means long lasting silage, with minimal spoil- age and good palatability. Early cutting usually means the crop is more difficult to wilt. Silage should be wilted to target DM contents (35 per cent DM for pits or bunkers, 50 per cent for round bales and 60 per cent for square bales) within 24 to 36 hours. Hay should be wilted to 85-90 per cent DM within seven to 10 days. Fast wilting means less bacterial spoilage for silage, and higher lactic acid concentration during fermentation, while for hay, fast wilting means less energy losses due to respiration, less fungi/bac- terial spoilage, and less chance of rain damage. Have you ever thought why hay made in dry districts is better quality than hay from high rain- fall districts or in seasons with good springs? The difference is largely in curing times. Hay from the dry districts can often be cured in seven to 10 days. Also in drought years, much of the sugar stays in the stems and leaves rath- er than being translocated to the grain. Another reason to cut early. To wilt fast, use a super conditioner for crops. If no conditioner is available, then use a tedder. If tedding, do it immedi- ately following the mower. Tedding more than two hours after mowing is of little use, as plant stomata (pores) have already clo- sed, thus greatly reducing rate of moisture loss from leaves. In terms of green leaf, take time to look at leaves at the bottom of the plant. Self-sown, or very early sown crops rarely make good hay as many of the bottom leaves are already dead at the time of cutting. Inspect hay crops for weeds and insects. FINANCE p.a. DEPOSIT/TRADE IN 6 MONTHS IN 12 MONTHS FINANCE p.a. DEPOSIT/TRADE IN 12 MONTHS IN 24 MONTHS 0.0% www.claas.com First fodder,first class finance. Purchase a new CLAAS mower, tedder, or rake and we ll make it easy with 2 great finance offers. To find out how you can afford the best, contact your local CLAAS dealer, Landpower Tasmania on 03 6425 7191 or visit www.landpower.com.au *To approved purchasers. Conditions and certain models apply 26 Trevor Street, Ulverstone, Tas 7315 Phone 6425 7191 Fax 6425 7193 Scott Smith 0418 139 527 Anthony Maynard 0417 527 243 2074337-33 6.25% 91 Bass Hwy, Somerset 7322 Phone 6435 1104 Fax 6435 2634 4 Carins Street, Longford 7310 Phone 6391 2600 Fax 6391 2633 www.gaffneymachinery.com.au 5468-PA/G Sales Service & Spares available at
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