Silage Science Workshop

Date: 9 December 2014 Start time:


Cirencester, Gloucestershire


worth 10 DairyPro points


The cost of making poor quality silage is usually no more than producing a high quality one, but small differences in practice at harvest and storage will have a big effect on the final feed value. Great advances have been made both in growing top quality forage for ensiling and in using that silage in the feed ration, but the microbiological and biochemical processes  that are crucial to the ensiling process are still a mystery to most .

Led by Dr Dave Davies, this workshop will look at the processes and potential for ensiling grass, forage legumes, whole crops such as maize and crimped cereals. The aim of the two days is to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge to reduce losses and increase silage quality on the farm. Leading researchers and industry representatives will talk you through how to identify problems in the ensiling process and how to resolve these problems.


  • Assessing On farm assessment of silage quality—Dr Dave Davies
  • Big Bale silage—Rhun Fuchan
  • Visit Gamage Hall Farm led by Dr Dave Davies/ Paul Westaway

DAY TWO will focus on the fermentation process and look at how this and the use of protein-rich forages affect intake, rumen fermentation and animal performance:

  • Silage fermentation, intake and rumen fermentation—Dr Dave Davies
  • Ensiling Protein Rich Forages—Rhun Fychan
  • Ensiling crimped Grain—Andy Strzelecki
  • Practical assessment of silage—put what you have learnt to the test.

Fee £400 or £160 if you are eligible for a bursary

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