- Smart Expertise - Welsh Government: £54,121.72
Funder Project Reference(s)
|Effective start/end date||01 Nov 2017 → 31 Jan 2019|
SMARTsilage is a project consortium aiming to improve silage efficiency and reduce ensiling losses.
All partners are leading names in agricultural feed technology and have a strong desire to drive innovation in silage production through research and technology development.
With 5.4m tonnes grass ensiled in Wales annually, valued at £162m/annum, current ensiling losses of 25% result in £40 million loss to the welsh livestock industry
The project aims to find solutions through collaboration & develop technologies to improve silage efficiency and reduce overall ensiling losses from 25% down to 20%
Losses occur during the ensiling process due to forage particle loss from the system and microbial deterioration.
With present losses of £40 million, reducing losses down to 20% will result in savings of £8 million per annum
Reducing ensiling losses will Improve silage quality and lead to improved production & animal health.
The project consortium will:
bring together silage expertise and find solutions through collaboration
exploit new and existing technologies to improve silage efficiency
aim to reduce overall ensiling losses by 20%
On farm implications
When ensiling 500 t DM, reducing losses from 25% to 20% leads to:
additional 25 t DM silage available
additional silage valued at £3,750 (2017 data)
Reducing losses will:
improve silage quality
improve herd health