Simon and Ross Dorrington from Dunsby, near Bourne cut 10 hectares of LGAN Quality Silage on May 4, reporting the biggest crop they’ve ever cut this early.
First cut silage is normally taken at least a week later and can be in to mid-May on this 300-cow dairy unit but the mild winter and a new grass seed mixture led to a bulky crop that grew all winter.
“It grew amazingly well, considering how cold the spring has been,” said Simon, who is trying out the LGAN mixture for its good agronomic qualities that have been combined with high ME, digestible fibre and sugars. “This will boost home grown forage supplies and give us a quality feed. It’s a good start to the season,” he adds, encouraged too by warmer temperatures this week that will encourage good regrowth for the second cut.