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8 steps to making cheaper silage this year

From getting the basics right on mowing to laying on a meal, Derek Casey looks at how farmers can cut the costs of their 2020 silage-making bills

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Checklist: Walk ground to check for fencing posts or other objects before allowing machinery in

Checklist: Walk ground to check for fencing posts or other objects before allowing machinery in

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Checklist: Walk ground to check for fencing posts or other objects before allowing machinery in

Machines all over the country are roaring into action with the 2020 silage campaign kicking off.

An unexpected downpour of rain leading to botched quality silage, poor wilting practice, or a harvester breakdown thanks to a 'UFO' (unidentified field object), are just three examples of what can go wrong to push up your silage making bill.

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Wilting the grass properly allows for better formed bales with higher dry matter digestability.

Wilting the grass properly allows for better formed bales with higher dry matter digestability.

Wilting the grass properly allows for better formed bales with higher dry matter digestability.

Ahead of your local contractor mowing that first field, we've come up with the following eight ways to keep your silage making bill as low as possible.