The Wider PictureWith costs of inputs such as fertiliser and fuel showing only an upward trend, it is more and more important that the value of our resources is realised. The whole system from the production of silage to feeding out from the clamp or bale, needs control in order to gain maximum benefit from this source of feed.
Forage analysis is a key part of this – it provides information on how well a forage has ensiled as well as detailed information on the nutrition captured within that silage.
The FAA Group members analyse over 70,000 samples per year of silages in the UK and Ireland. Taking part in the PT scheme provides assurance to farmer and feed adviser customers that the information in their forage analysis reports can be relied on when making decisions on feed rations and on environmental impacts.
The PT scheme data contributes to improvements in understanding of analysis too and development of new methods.