30 August 1996

Simply the best silage?

Prizes

All first-round entrants will be entered into a draw. Three winners will receive five bags each of LG21/85.

Midland Bank will present the four regional finalists with a £50-cash prize. The overall winner will receive £500 cash and enough Goldstore inoculant to treat 500t of silage; the runners-up sufficient for 200t. Presentations will be made at the annual MGA conference at Harper Adams College, Shropshire on Feb 27, 1997.

Rules

1. Entries are eligible from ALL maize growers in Scotland, England and Wales.

2. Silage entered for the competition must be from maize grown on the farm.

3. Silage must have been made in the same year it is entered for local competition.

4. Only one clamp entry a farm is permitted – there must be sufficient quantity to ensure availability for final judging in early February. Other pits will be taken into consideration in the final judging.

5. Entrants must be prepared to give production and costing details relevant to stock classes fed on maize silage.

6. Regional winners are excluded from entry the next year.

7. Members of the MGA Executive and FW staff are not eligible for entry.

What you need to know

In the first round, entrants will be judged at a local level. Just fill in the application form.

First-round winners will then compete in one of the five regional rounds. A proportion of the marks will be allocated on the silage analysis.

Regional winners will be visited by judges in early Feb 1997.

Closing date for entries is Nov 1, 1996.

WANT to test your ability to make top quality maize silage? Then enter the Maize Growers Associations annual silage competition, run in association with FARMERS WEEKLY. Just read the rules, fill in the coupon and send it off to the MGA. You could win £500 and enough additive to treat 500t of next years silage.

Forage maize has a proven ability to improve animal performance – be it milk yields and quality or liveweight gain. But to maximise its potential, maize must be cut at the correct maturity, and subsequent harvesting and ensiling management is crucial to how the crop feeds.

This competition aims to give credit to those who demonstrate the highest standards in all aspects of their maize silage production.

Other sponsors for the award, which also places emphasis on feeding and animal performance from maize, are Midland Bank, Biotal, Force Limagrain, and Nutrition Control Services.

NATIONAL MAIZE SILAGE COMPETITION ENTRY FORM

Name…………………………………………………..Tel No………………………

Address………………………………………………………………………………..

……………………………………………………….Postcode……………………..

MGA Member? (YES/NO)………………….

Acreage

Total acres………Arable acres………Grass acres………Other acres……..

Stock Numbers

Dairy cows………Followers…………Beef……….Sheep……….Pigs………..

Aspect

Soil type…………………..Rainfall…………Height above sea level………….

Maize silage production

Acres 96………………….Acres 95………………….

Varieties 96………………………………….Sowing date 96………………….

Maize silage conservation

Cutting date……………………….Tonnes of maize ensiled…………………..

Additive used…………………………………………………………………………

Send to: Priston Mill, Priston, Bath, BA2 9EO.

(Tel 01225-337566; Fax 01225-337560)