DeLaval Feedtech™ users win big at 2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge
The 2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge was another great year for DeLaval customers using the company’s Feedtech silage inoculants. First place entries in the standard corn silage and brown midrib (BMR) corn silage categories were inoculated with DeLaval Feedtech Custom Chop Plus, featuring the exclusive MiLab 393 bacterial strain designed to inhibit the growth of yeasts and molds in forages.
The contest accepted samples harvested in 2012 and was comprised of three categories: alfalfa hay, standard corn silage, and BMR corn silage. Of the more than 90 silage entries received from 11 Western states, three DeLaval Feedtech customers came up winners based on forage lab analyses and a visual evaluation by experts in dairy nutrition and forage production:
Corn Silage BMR
1st Place – Jake and Gary Bosma, Bosma Milk Co., Tipton, Calif.
Corn Silage Standard
1st Place - Dino Giacomazzi, Giacomazzi Dairy, Hanford, Calif.
3rd Place - Bert Weststeyn, Weststeyn Dairy, Linden, Calif.
Gary Bosma of Bosma Milk Co. attributed his business’ win to a detail-oriented approach.
“For us, the key to good silage is attention to detail,” Bosma said. “There are many different variables we deal with each year. Once we find something that works we stick with it. We have used other inoculants in the past, but with DeLaval Feedtech we can see the difference.”
Giacomazzi Dairy has experimented with different soil conservation till strategies, but inoculants help insure its investment in feed.
“We have used several different brands of inoculants over the years,” said dairy owner Dino Giacomazzi. “For the past two we have used DeLaval Feedtech and are happy with the results. Nearly 70 percent of our milk-cow ration is home-grown haylage, earlage, corn and wheat silage. I consider DeLaval Feedtech to be valuable crop insurance.”
DeLaval Feedtech Custom Chop Plus controls fermentation within 24 hours helping to minimize decomposition and nutrient loss. It also works by stabilizing the feed so it stays fresh at feed out.
This is the second year in a row a DeLaval customer has won first place in the BMR corn silage category at the World Ag Expo Forage Challenge. This annual event is held in conjunction with the world’s largest agricultural tradeshow each February in Tulare, Calif.