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Maximising the value of home-grown forage

Good quality silage has been made on many units this year. Early first-cut analyses, in particular, show high energy content, with MELK 997 and an excellent D-value of 71.2. Later first cuts have not quite met this grade, with a MELK of 957 and a higher fibre content in comparison to early cuts, with low crude protein and lower true digestible protein.

Winter is forecast to be a challenging one for producers in several ways. Feed prices are likely to remain higher than previous years. The current trend on milk price is positive, which will lift some pressure on margins, but commodity prices are low and farmgate price may need to adjust during the winter to compensate. So maximising milk produced from home-grown forage and feeds is key to controlling some of these pressures. 

But what should producers do to maximise milk production from their silages? ForFarmers’ RumaxX is a feed additive that impacts rumen condition and will help producers make the most of this year’s forages. It improves the efficiency of rumen microbes, which reduces rumen-protein degradation, and, in turn, increases intestinal protein digestibility. This results in better forage utilisation and more milk – and butterfat.

Proven results

RumaxX is only available from ForFarmers in the UK and Europe. Trials with the additive have been carried out at ForFarmers’ Nutrition Innovation Centre. 

  Control RumaxX Difference
Milk yield (kg) 33.3 34.2 0.9
Fat (g/d) 1,442 1,542 100
Protein (g) 1,199 1,232 33
Fat % 4.42 4.53 0.11
Protein % 3.65 3.62 -0.03
FPCM (kg) 35.6 36.9 1.3
Urea (mg/100g) 18.0 18.6 0.6

UK trials on dairy units, managed on TMR-fed and grazing systems, are ongoing. ForFarmers customers will not only benefit from the higher milk quality and yield, but also the higher feed conversion efficiency. RumaxX provides leads to lower CO2 emission – a measurement producers are under increasing pressure to reduce.

For more information

For more details about RumaxX, improving your feed efficiency or for feeding advice, please contact your local account manager or send us an online enquiry:

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