Nutrition

Nutrition

The bulk of UK maize and wholecrop cereal crops are fed to livestock.  MGA nutrition information aims to make the most of this feed in the production of high quality milk and meat at a low cost.  MGA Nutritionist advice is free to members.

 
 

Resources: Nutrition

MGA Conference - LG: Maximising feeding performance

Friday, March 16, 2012

Tim Richmond from Limagrain UK Ltd talks about improving the energy content of maize.

Maize Quality Analysis - LINK Project on maize quality

Friday, March 2, 2012

Jonathan Blake explains the progress with the LINK project looking at measuring maize silage quality.

Feeding ruminants - Have we got it wrong?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Andrew Holland from Ontrak Nutrition has some interesting points to make, when it comes to feeding the dairy cow.

Maize within my low cost milk production system

Friday, March 2, 2012

Gavin Fowler ( 2011 Dairy Farmer of the Year, Farmers Weekly)  explains his farming system and how maize continues to play an important role on his North Devon farm.

How is your maize feeding?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Chris Savery discusses the ways to make the best of this years maize silage.

Starlings/Winter Feed Presentation - Steve Turner

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Vet Steve Turner reviewed the practical and financial impact of starling infestations at the recent MGA Birds and Maize Meeting held in Somerset. 

 

Birds and Maize meeting Paddy Gordon

Monday, November 7, 2011

Paddy Gordons, Vet with the Shepton Vet Group, presentation to the Birds and Maize meeting November 2011

Maize Ready to Go?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Maize harvest is upon us, some MGA members have already harvested this year's maize crop, but many farmers are still waiting for the cobs to ripen.  Chris Savery gives members some excellent advice on dry matter, clamping and sheeting down the maize to get the best from what has been a difficult year for many maize growers. 

2011 Maize Variety Booklet/List

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Guidance on variety choice including MGA Variety selector.

MGA Harvest Guide 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

An updated guide to maize harvesting in 2011  Includes: Dry matter at harvest, chop length, additives, salt, filling and sheeting the pit, post harvest cultivations, mycotoxins and control of eyespot, biogas maize, grain maize and corn cob mix.

Crimped maize

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chris Savery, MGA Nutritionist explains in detail the harvesting and storing of crimped maize, including additives, storing methods and feed values.

Cutting feed costs with intensive beef finishing

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Simon Marsh, senior lecturer from Harper Adams University College discusses the research results for cutting the costs of finishing intensive beef cattle.

High price protein

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chris Savery, MGA Nutritionist discusses the high price of protein and what alternatives are available.  In particular the choices and protein value in home grown crops

MGA Conference Papers 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Full copy of the 2011 MGA conference held at Harper Adams University College in February 2011

  • Crimped maize grain for finishing beef cattle - Simon Marsh
  • Grain maize opportunities - Alistair House
  • MGA Research results - Simon Draper - Cultivation, starter fertiliser, drilling dates,seed size and dressings, variety type, slurry, nitrogen, foliar feeds, herbicides, pastic
  • Maize growing in Germany
  • Anaerobic digestion on my farm - Stephen Temple

 

Rat Problems in Maize

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Members will we hope, remember a recent request to take part on what is thought to be the first ever national study focusing on rat problems associated with maize. The study coordinated via BASF Pest Control Solutions has come up with both expected and surprising conclusions. 

Chop length of forages - What are you trying to achieve?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chris Savery talks about chop length of forages.

Maize and Wholecrop through the summer

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chris Savery looks ahead to feeding options this summer and suggests thinking about wholecrop if feed stocks look like being short this summer and autumn.

Is your maize feeding as planned?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Chris Savery asks us if maize is performing as it should and what can be done to keep milk yields up.

Heat stress in Dairy cows

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Excellent advice on heat stress in dairy cows.

Protein Supplementation

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What protein supplements are available this autumn.

Summer feeding and looking ahead

Friday, May 1, 2009

Chris Savery talks about clamp management, wholecrop silage and avoiding waste.

Mature or Immature maize to feed?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A very topical technical note by Chris Savery about feeding maize this winter.

Feed prices - Where now?

Thursday, May 1, 2008

A very useful note from Chris Savery on feed prices.

Maize and Wholecrop for beef cattle

Friday, February 1, 2008

Chris Savery reviews trial work for feeding maize and wholecrop to beef animals

Feeding this years maize silage

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Chris Savery advises us how best to use this years variable maize silage.

Feeding this years maize silage

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Chris Savery advises us how best to use this years variable maize silage.

What chop length for maize?

Friday, August 31, 2007

Chris Savery explains the different results from chopping maize at different lengths and the advantages and disadvantages.

Wholecrop cereals - Value in the Diet

Monday, June 25, 2007

Chris Savery reviews the options for wholecrop silage and their value in diets.

Grass Silage - What''s required?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Chris Savery gives timely advice on how to produce good grass silage.

Milking performance Autumn 2006

Friday, December 1, 2006

Chris Savery reviews the winter feeding problems for dairy cows this year.

Understanding Silage Analyses

Friday, December 1, 2006

Very Useful guide to what the silage analysis results mean.

Don't wate precious stocks and how much have you got?

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Useful tips on looking after this years silage stocks and how to measure the amount available.

Buffer feeding this Autumn

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

After this erratic summer weather, good advice from Chris on feeding cows this autumn.

Protein Supplements

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Chris Savery gives members some timely advice for feeding protein supplements.

Protein Supplements

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Chris Savery gives members some timely advice for feeding protein supplements.

A review of maize and wholecrop stocks

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Chris Savery gives advice on what do do with last winters left over feed.

Spring calvers - Place for maize & wholecrop?

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Chris Savery asks "Is there a place for maize and wholecrop in spring calving herds"?

Should certain health problems be associated with maize & wholecrop?

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Chris looks at diets and health problems such as displaced abomasums.

Feeding dairy youngstock and beef

Friday, October 21, 2005

Benefits of feeding maize silage to youngstock.

MGA Minerals

Monday, September 5, 2005

MGA mineral specifications for Dairy cow, dry cow and youngstock requirements when feeding a high maize diet.

Beef Trial - Technical bulletin No. 1 Introduction.

Monday, August 1, 2005

Beef trial conducted at CEDAR studying maize diets for beef.

Using maize & wholecrop in dairy diets

Monday, August 1, 2005

Forage planning and getting the balance right.

Buffer feeding on Autumn grass

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Useful tips for Summer feeding with buffer forages.

Cross compliance issues

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Maize & wholecrop cross compliance

Maize & wholecrop feeding at turnout

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Chris Savery advises on feeding cows at turnout.

Maize feeding well under way?

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Technical note by Chris Savery.

Chop length of forages - What are you trying to achieve?

Sunday, August 1, 2004

Chris Savery talks about chop length of forages.

Sourcing Protein

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Chris Savery details protein options for the coming winter

Protein Supplementation in maize based diets

Friday, August 1, 2003

Which protein option is best for you?

Summer Maize Feeding

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Chris Savery's tips on feed out in the summer