22 November 1996

ABIGHELP TO BUYERS

THE Forage Additives Approvals Scheme is a source of useful information for anyone with a good background knowledge of silage additives.

So says Tim Keady Northern Irelands Agricultural Research Institute, Hillsborough. "Used correctly it can aid buying decisions," he says.

He is concerned, however, that the scheme gives no indication of ensiling conditions under which trials were carried out.

"This is critical – as is information on how many trials were undertaken." For example, if a company carries out 10 trials it need submit only the good results for assessment and quite legitimately conceal the bad results. Clearly a large company carrying out more trials was likely to gain more approvals more quickly than smaller companies.n

Dr Tim Keady "Used correctly it can aid buying decisions."