Frank Mickan's - Silage and Hay Reports

With acknowledgement and appreciation to Mr Frank Mickan (Pasture and Fodder Conservation Specialist), AFIA is pleased to make available a range of silage and hay reports from Frank’s extensive work in these areas over many years.

We have attempted to categorize Frank’s reports into thirteen (13) classifications, as per the list below but this is subjective and we recommend you review the report titles contained within each classification in order to determine what report you are seeking (the reports titles are listed below under each of the thirteen classifications).

Copies of reports can then be requested via emailing AFIA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and stating the report title that you are seeking to obtain a copy of.  Reports can either be emailed or obtained in hard copy form via the post. Copies of reports will be made available free-of-charge to all AFIA members.  Non AFIA members can also request copies of reports but a small administrative fee will apply of $5 (inc. GST) per report for hard copies.

 

Frank Mickan’s Silage and Hay Report Categories

Canola Forage Reports (1 Report)

  • Canola forage Making and Feeding to Livestock

Forage Cereals (7 Reports)

  • Conserving Whole Crop Cereals
  • Forage Cereals: Storage of Wholecrop Cereal Silage
  • Forage Cereals: When to cut for Whole-crop Cereal Silage
  • Forage Cereals: Harvesting Whole-crop Cereal Silage
  • Grazing Winter and Forage Cereals
  • Growing and Harvesting Cereal Mixes
  • Whole-crop Cereal Silage

General Hay and Silage Reports (8 Reports)

  • Are you really ready for harvest this year?
  • Be alive and healthy after harvest
  • Costing Silage and Hay
  • Costing Silage and Hay Dry Matter
  • Costing Silage and Hay Energy
  • Costing Silage and Hay Protein
  • Costing standing feed
  • Salvaging stem frosted cereal crops

Hay (21 Reports)

  • Bales aint bales
  • Can I ensile rain-affected hay?
  • Cooked hay
  • Floods can lead to haystack fires
  • Get smarter when buying hay
  • Hay balers: a hidden fire danger
  • Hay competition re-enforces weighing and testing bales
  • Hay preservatives may reduce haystack fires
  • Hay preservatives: the faces
  • Hay preservatives
  • Hay stack fires (spontaneous combustion)
  • Hay: the good, bad and mouldy
  • How heavy is that bale?
  • Managing baled hay around rain events
  • Managing rectangular baled hay around rain events
  • Salvaging stem frosted cereal crops
  • The full story about mouldy hay
  • Watch for heating hay stacks
  • What affects the rate of hay curing?
  • What happens to hay when it heats?
  • Why does hay heat?

Haylage (2 Reports)

  • Haylage: be careful
  • Haylage: Don’t cut corners

Shredlage (1 Report)

  • Kernel processed maize: now Shredlage

Silage Additives (7 Reports)

  • Importance of mixing inoculants and cleaning applicators
  • Improving silage additive coverage
  • Silage additives: the facts
  • Some things to consider when buying silage inoculants
  • What about silage inoculants?
  • What are aerobic spoilage inhibitors?
  • When to use aerobic spoilage inhibitors

Silage Contractors (2 Reports)

  • Minimise disagreements between contractors and yourselves
  • Work with Contractors

Silage Harvesting (20 Reports)

  • Baled silage success or failure after six months storage
  • Be alive and healthy after harvest
  • Do you harvest silage too late?
  • Drought storage of silage for sheep and beef
  • FAQ about silage
  • Five basic rules to look after your silage and environment
  • Harvesting whole-crop cereal silage
  • High quality silage for sheep and cattle production
  • How to reduce losses during silage harvest
  • Making cheaper round baled silage
  • Making silage after a very wet winter
  • Making silage in rainy weather
  • Morning versus afternoon cutting for silage and hay
  • Reducing silage waste in wrapped bales
  • Salvaging stem frosted cereal crops
  • Silage and animal health
  • Smelly silage and neighbours don’t mix
  • Some problems when making cereal silage
  • When to cut whole-crop cereal silage
  • When to move silage bales after wrapping

Silage Maize (1 Report)

  • Kernel processed maize, now shredlage

Silage Problems (5 Reports)

  • Did your silage undergo a good or poor fermentation?
  • Hot silage is bad silage
  • Smelly silage and neighbours don’t mix
  • Some problems when making cereal silage
  • Why is my baled silage crappy?

Silage Quality (13 Reports)

  • Did your silage undergo a good or poor fermentation?
  • Dry matter content representative sampling
  • FAQ about silage
  • Getting high quality silage into the bale or stack
  • How to reduce losses during silage harvest
  • Measurement of Dry Matter Content (DM)
  • Quicker the wilt, better the silage
  • Silage and animal health
  • Silage and quantity or quality
  • Start early and finish well for high quality silage
  • Stretch wrap films aint stretch films
  • What can silage smell tell you?
  • When can I have my silage tested?

Silage Storage (10 Reports)

  • Baled silage success or failure after six months storage
  • Drought storage and silage for sheep and beef
  • Five basic rules to look after your silage and environment
  • Large square baled silage mould problems in modules
  • Large square baled silage storage systems
  • Large square baled silage storage
  • Storage of whole-crop cereal silage
  • What does your baled silage tell you after six months of storage?
  • When can I open my silage?
  • Wrapping silage bales is becoming confusing

 

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