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Save Slurry for Silage Fields

Christy Watson, Teagasc drystock advisor, Co. Kildare, has good advice here in this article and video on recycling slurry from the farm back onto the silage fields in planning for next winter's fodder. Slurry can provide much of the Phosphorus and Potassium requirements for silage and reduce costs

While grazing grass for livestock is important, so too is ensuring sufficient silage for next winter.  In planning next winter’s fodder it is critical to take soils samples & ensure that slurry recycled onto silage fields at the correct rate to ensure adequate yields.  While it may seem attractive to spread slurry on grazing ground, the simple fact is that silage fields have the greatest demand and are responsible for providing next winter’s fodder so must be given priority. 

Recycle to silage fields based on soil sample results.

Slurry can provide alot of this phosphorus and potassium requirement

Use LESS if possible, this will increase the amount of nitrogen captured from slurry

Get it out early in good growing conditions

Top up with Nitrogen to bring up to 80 units

Key message - by targeting slurry ideally using a trailing shoe / band spreader onto our silage lands a good quality silage crop can be grown with a modest level of chemical fertiliser a far better return than spreading on grazing ground.

S – S – S Save your slurry for your silage fields

Christy Watson, Teagasc Advisor explains more in the video clip below

Find out more about Fertliser for silage  Food and Feed Security and about the advice for Grassland Farmers 

See more advice for drystock farmers - Food and Fodder Security