Silage intake prediction
GRASS silage analysis results from all leading UK labs will now include a standardised intake prediction for use in this winters rations, allowing more accurate rationing.
This new industry standard is the culmination of two years of collaborative research in the LINK, Feed into Milk Project. This is funded by MAFF, the Scottish Office, Milk Development Council and over 30 feed companies and advisory bodies. The projects aim is to develop a new dairy cow rationing system over the next two years.
The Feed into Milk intake prediction integrates SAC and Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland systems that were previously being used.
It will also make intake predictions available from labs that were not previously able to offer the service, according to SAC researcher Nick Offer. Analytical equipment at all leading labs has now been calibrated to ensure consistent results.
lFull details next week. *