Prizes worth £5,000 are up for grabs for the best silage produced in Scotland.
After a bumper year of grass growth, the organisers of AgriScot’s annual silage competition have called on dairy, beef and sheep farmers to get samples from their bales and pits analysed to be in with a chance of a reward.
Organiser Andrew Best, pointed out many farm pits and bale stacks are full to overflowing this autumn, but he added it was important for producers to have their 2019 crop analysed.
“It is an unfortunate fact that quantity can sometimes dilute quality, especially when we have had such rapid growth rates and heavy wet crops to contend with,” he said.
“In such circumstances, it is important to know exactly what livestock nutrition can be provided from silage stocks.
Armed with a chemical analysis, it is then easy to enter our silage competition by simply emailing me the report.”
Fresh samples from the top farms will be analysed and the winners announced at the AgriScot event on November 20.
Classes include dairy and beef/sheep clamp silages and big bale silage. Entries can be from any cut of silage, and there is a special young farmers class for those aged under 26.
Last year’s winners included the beef and sheep clamp silage prize to Jamie McIntyre, Milton of Cullerlie, Echt, while Graeme Mather of Shandford, Brechin won the big bale section. For details visit https://agriscot.co.uk/