Comments from judge Dave Huggins:
The overall winner was from Wendy Whelan with her entry from Paddock 16 – Rye Silage.
The ryegrass silage was the best entry that the show received and was a clear winner in the event. The silage tested as follows;
- Energy 10.3 ME (MJ/kgDM)
- NDF 53.7%
-Crude Protein 22%
The silage was within acceptable limits for DM/Moisture levels to ensure that good fermentation could take place, the lignin content was below 4% with an ADF of 33% which meant that good compaction would result and a fast fermentation would occur without a lot of DM loss. The energy value calculated at 10.3 ME (MJ/kgDM), which is very good and the silage had a relatively high crude protein content of 22%. All of these attributes resulted in a worthy winner of the Foster Show silage competition for 2021.
Many thanks for your participation from all of our entrants.