3 March 2000

Best polythene for best clamp

BUYING top notch polythene could help make a better maize clamp and reduce wastage.

This was one of ruminant nutritionist Gordon Newmans conclusions from this years MGA milk and meat from maize silage competition.

Speaking at the MGAs annual conference at Stoneleigh he said that using 1000 gauge polythene helped create a better clamp by excluding more air. "It is worth spending extra money on this. Thin polythene is not airtight and two sheets of thin polythene is no better either."

He said the competition had reinforced his view that maize and wheat remains a first class rotation.

Fellow judge Keith Blenkiron, last years winner and a north Yorks beef farmer, said that he was impressed by the dairy units in the final but was surprised by their lack of innovation, especially in terms of maize varieties grown.

Mr Blenkiron felt more use could have been made of early maize varieties or high yielding hybrids. &#42