About 10ha (25 acres) of Apache maize being harvested on Monday at Chris Danks Barwick Farm, Tregony, Cornwall. He estimates dry matter content at between 25% and 28% and was pleased with its cob content. A few tonnes were clamped separately for immediate feeding to his 60 milkers and the silage will be started within a week. In normal years cows would be grazing now. To compensate for lost growth, the field cleared of Apache has been rotavated and sown to Italian and Westerwolds ryegrasses which Mr Danks hopes can be zero-grazed by Christmas. Short-chopped wheat straw was mixed with the maize as it was clamped. One big bale was mixed with each load of maize to provide extra bulk and soak up effluent.