Open afternoon planned for dairy discussion group

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The winner of this year’s Silage clamp competition Joe Welford has arranged for an open afternoon for all Whitby Dairy Discussion Group members and sponsors at Marsh Farm, Scaling, on Monday 15 February.

The open afternoon event runs from noon onwards and if you would like to attend please contact 07733 615650 as soon as possible.

The awards ceremony for the Silage Competition took place during the January meeting at The Stables, Whitby.

Prizes were awarded by the lead judge Dr Johnny Bax, international technical support manager of Lallemand Animal Nutrition UK Limited.

Dr Bax and and co-judge Chris Stockdale, last year’s winner from Pickering, agreed the standards were again very high with little to choose between the winners.

Dr Bax reinforced his views on the need for high quality silage in his presentation, prior to awarding the prizes. This resulted in a lively debate, with the main message being “providing your cows with good quality, palatable forage and a healthy rumen that will efficiently convert it to energy are key to profitable milk production.”

This message was reinforced by Dr Bax in creating a new award, sponsored by his company ,for the farmer who achieved the best result in milk production from forage, with this farmer’s results putting him in the top 0.5 percent of the milk producers in the country – an outstanding achievement for Stuart Brown, member of the Whitby Dairy Discussion Group.

Silage Clamp Awards

1st Prize & Shardlow Trophy – J Welford, Scaling, prize donated by Genus; 2nd Prize – M Chapman, Ugthorpe, prize donated by Moorside Farm Supplies; 3rd prize – S Brown, Ugthorpe, prize donated by D. Hill, Agricultural Contractor. Silage Bale Awards: 1st Prize & Fairbairn Shield – P. Miller, Loftus, prize donated by Moorside Farm Supplies; 2nd Prize – C Foster, Lealholm, prize donated by J.W. Motimer Ltd; 3rd Prize – S Brown, Ugthorpe.

HSBC Plate for the most promising young farmer – C. Foster, Lealholm.

New award “Forage Utilisation” – S Brown, Ugthorpe – prize donated by Biotal (part of Lallemand).