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Whole-crop: a profitable alternative to grass silage?

A comparison of the advantages and limitations of wholecrop cereals and a comparison of yields and costs compared to grass and maize silage.

Year of Publication2009

Whole-crop cereals are replacing forage crops for silage on many dairy farms because they can give an increased yield at a lower cost and may improve milk yields. Winter wheat is the cereal of choice but undersown spring barley is a suitable alternative in a grass/cereal rotation.

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animal nutritioncereal agronomy
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