Farmers will have to identify key priorities
The choice of feed to fill the gap will depend on several factors, including your current winter feed supply, quota position, access to grazing area designated for second cut silage and the cost of additional feed.
Each farmer has to identify their key priority. Is it the current feed deficit now or the winter feed deficit?
The decision to use winter feed supplies will depend on the extent of the feed shortage on individual farms. If winter feed is a major priority, then it may be more suitable to feed concentrate now instead of silage.
However, feeding home-grown round bale silage suits many farms as it is cheaper than meal, especially where winter feed supply is ok and the farm is currently over quota. Remember, concentrate prices are projected to fall in the autumn.
For many farms, the solution will be a combination of:
1.Surplus stock disposal;
2.Feeding some round bale silage made from surplus grass;
3.Feeding additional meal.