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Archive Article: 1996/06/14

14 June 1996

Lucerne harvested last week at CEDAR, University of Reading yielded an estimated 6.7t of dry matter a hectare (2.7t/acre). The 5ha (12-acre) crop is a CEDAR/Volac sponsored trial examining harvesting techniques, chopped and non-chopped bales, and biological additive use. Lucerne was mowed and conditioned then left to wilt for 36 hours, before three rows were put into one for baling 12 hours later. The crop was over 40% dry matter at harvest. Bales were wrapped with six layers of plastic. CEDARs Prof David Beever (inset) is convinced lucerne is worth considering as a home-grown source of protein and the farm has sown another 4.8ha (12 acres).

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Archive Article: 1996/06/14

14 June 1996

£100,000 gets this Dammann-Trac self-propelled sprayer which Amazone is now marketing in the UK following an agreement with Dammann. Based on a Unimog, tank capacity can be up to 5000 litres and booms as wide as 42m. Both 165hp and 210hp versions are available each with mechanical drive and a ground clearance of 90cm (35in). Details of Amazones new Dammann-built demounts for JCB Fastrac and Fendt Xylon tractors can be found on page 70.

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Archive Article: 1996/06/14

14 June 1996

OPEN DAY QUOTES

"High merit cows are like greyhounds – thin, lean and hungry looking – but by God they can produce milk…" Seamus Crosse

"If grass intake and pasture use could be increased, feed costs could be reduced by £50 a cow…" Kevin OFarrell

"No point having high merit cows if you are not going to feed them properly and they are going to fall down in the system…" Pat Dillon

"If you have created leafy pastures by correct grazing in May and June, ensure you offer enough of that leafy pasture from mid-June onwards…" Gearoid Skalelum

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Archive Article: 1996/06/14

14 June 1996

CORRECTION

CYO Seeds correct phone number for its Kent business is 01304-366039 or mobile 0378-645 981, not as published in our Cereals 96 Supplement (May 31, pS14).

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