Assess forage costings with new guide

Livestock farmers wanting to assess which forage crops to grow this season now have all they need at their finger tips thanks to a new forage costings booklet.

Kingshay’s Forage Costings 2013 report offers a breakdown of forage crop growing costs, yields, likely crop analysis and general tips.

It also gives a relative value for each crop based on likely energy and protein values and the cost to buy that in wheat and soya. The total production cost in £/tonne of dry matter and on a pence/litre of milk produced basis, over a range of crop yields is also included.

Report author Peter Shipton comments: “The crops covered include grass and clovers – grazed and conserved, as well as maize, crimped maize, whole-crops and a range of summer catch crops.

“We also summarise the costs of typical concentrates, so it really does offer a chance to review the forage crop policy on dairy farms.”

The report has been compiled following a thorough review of crop management and nutrition requirements, using genuine costs, which have been benchmarked against real farm management accounts. It will be updated annually.

For a copy of Forage Costings 2013, costing £80 for non-members and free to members, contact Kingshay on 01458 851555 or e-mail

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