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What Are Your Cereal Preservation Options?

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Cereal Preservation Options

Crimping is one method of getting the best results from home-grown grain. The process ensures grain is stored with the maximum retention of nutrients without the need for expensive drying of grain or the time consuming and dusty process of home milling dry grain every day. The other advantages of crimping include • Earlier harvesting when grain is ideally 30 to 45% moisture (can be processed down to 15% moisture)

  • Allows earlier drilling of subsequent crops
  • Reduces shedding losses of grain in the field
  • Produces a quality feed, which is digestible and palatable, reducing dependence of bought in feed
  • Straw is still available for feeding or bedding

Product - Crimp Preserver
Crimp Preserver contains a unique range of acid preservatives, stabilisers and anti-corrosive ingredients. The advantage of this product is that it works whether grain is at 15% moisture or 35% moisture.

  • Available in 205 litre drums delivered to farm
  • Application rate 3-5 litres/tonne

Prograin is pure propionic acid which is organic and occurs naturally in the animals digestive system. It has an energy value 1.5 times that of barley. Prograin inhibits the growth of moulds, yeasts and bacteria. Prograin treatment can be used for the storage of cereal grains – wheat, barley, oats, triticale, maize, peas or beans. With Prograin treatment, harvesting can take place when there is still surface dampness on the grain, dew or rain. Harvesting can start earlier in the morning or after rain and continue later at night. Quicker, more fl exible harvesting also leaves extra time for autumn cultivations.

Product - Prograin
Prograin treatment has been shown in independent research centres to improve milk yield by 4% and liveweight gain in beef by 4%.

  • Available in 1000 litre IBCs delivered direct to farm, 197 litre barrels or 22.7 litre fl opacks delivered direct or collect ex branch.

Fermented wholecrop cereals
There are many different crops including wheat, barley, triticale with or without peas or lupins that can be made into wholecrop. This method of preservation is reliable in producing a high starch, high fibre and high protein (if mixed with a legume) forage.

Wholecrop can be used as part of the diet with grass or maize silage. There is normally a benefit on forage intakes and performance from feeding more than one type of forage. The cereals are harvested early through a forage harvester at between 20% to 35% moisture. The crop can be either ensiled in a clamp or big baled. A quality additive such as Mole-Dominator Plus is recommended to maximise feed value and keep the silage stable when opened.

Product - Mole-Dominator Plus

Mole Dominator-Plus is the highest specification product on the market for wholecrop, containing 2 million Lactobacillus Plantarum per gram of forage plus Lactobacillus Brevis plus Alliin – a natural garlic extract. The Brevis and Alliin give much improved stability and prevent yeasts and moulds forming on exposed silage.

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Graham Ragg, Senior Agronomist & Product Manager

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