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UK farmers harvest profit from haylage


e-newsletter Silage Insights publishes experts’ advices on benefits in growing market

Horgen, Switzerland - December 07, 2005, Turning grass into haylage to feed Europe’s eight million horses is one of the major new business opportunities being explored by farmers in the UK, who are keen to diversify from traditional agricultural sources of income.

In the northern climates the forage fed to horses has by tradition been hay, however, recent developments show that the use of haylage as a feed for horses is growing as horse owners and breeders begin to see its advantages in relation to hay.

This market gap is one of the main topics explored by experts in the latest edition of Silage Insights, the e-newsletter published by DOWLEX™ Polyethylene (PE) Resins manufacturer Dow, is now available on

This bi-annual newsletter provides practical advice, market trends, latest research, and industry news on bale silage. It is aimed at the farming community - from film converters and distributors to contractors, farmers and agricultural cooperatives, machinery manufacturers and dealers, as well as consultants, advisers and specialist journalists, and those involved in agricultural research and education.

In this Autumn edition, the Practical Advice section brings articles by Prof. Raymond Jones from the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) illustrating the potential of ensiling high value protein and energy crops such as red clover and lucerne, as well as articles from other European experts comparing hay with haylage in horse feeding, providing advice on the key requirements for quality haylage production, and on how to prevent the formation of bacteria like listeria and clostridium in bale silage making.

Silage experts from Germany, Sweden and Wales give an overview of the grass quality produced for ensiling this season in their countries in our Trends and Research section, also featuring the recently published Dow Market Report on Bale Silage in France, looking at current practices, trends and future developments in the French bale silage market.

Finally, the Wrap-Up section provides a selection of industry news about silage production, organic farming, and other topics of interest for those involved in silage making.

Visit to subscribe to Silage Insights and receive the next issue by e-mail. Currently the newsletter is available in English; German and French versions will soon be available.

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