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Glanbia Ireland fodder support update

GII All Co-op Dairy

To help with feed shortages Glanbia has arranged for the import of 1,000 tonnes of Alfalfa*. This product is currently being transported from Spain. Those receiving alfalfa will be contacted by GI to confirm the allocation and will receive it early next week.

Glanbia Chairman Henry Corbally said: “Our Glanbia Ireland farm teams are in constant contact with their customers and suppliers. Although we appreciate that this product will not solve the severe issues on farms for all our customers, we must prioritise those whose animals are most in need. We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days.”

Glanbia announced this week that in order to support customers of Glanbia Ireland (GI) impacted by severe weather related challenges, it will make a support payment of €50 per tonne on all ruminant feed and sugar beet pulp to help stretch any available fodder purchased by Glanbia Co-op members during the month of April. This payment will be made in addition to all other previously announced schemes.

The Glanbia Ireland farm team held a series of animal nutrition clinics at 19 locations from Monday March 26th to Wednesday 28th. Technical information is available to all our suppliers and customers through our farm teams as well as glanbiaconnect.com.

For further information please contact your local Glanbia Ireland representative.

*Notes on Alfalfa

The reason we chose this product include:

  • Trials have shown that when included at circa 3kgs/hd/day (15% of DM) in traditional silage /concentrate diets, it will increase rumination time by 20%. This increases rumen pH and nutrient digestibility through increased mastication.
  • Minimum 17% Crude Protein
  • Very high dry matter and long shelf life when stored correctly.
  • The “Buffering Capacity” of Alfalfa Hay is very high and has a massive 80% higher Cation Exchange Capacity higher than corn (maize) silage.

First Published 6 April 2018

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