Beets for forage and biogas

By: Dlf  05-Apr-2012

Beets for forage and biogas

Fodder beets is the highest yielding forage crop any one can grow. The energy rich fodder beets are complementing the use of grass or protein rich legumes in the diet of the cattle. In many countries fodder beets serve as the reliable winter storage of feed. In other countries fodder beets play an important role in supplying forage in dry periods late in the summer.

Due to the low dirt tare and high yield of highly digestible drymatter, fodder beets are also very well suited as substrate for biogas plants, anaerobic digesters.

Breeding at DLF-TRIFOLIUM has in 2012 resulted in three new vartieties suited for forage and/or biogas.

From the very well-known portfolio of fodder beets we also recommend:

See video from demonstration - October 2010

Fodder beets have very high digestibility and are in many areas able to produce considerably more feed than fi. maize. The yield and forage quality of beets does not vary much from year to year. This brings security and stability in planning - both in field and stable. 

When mixed with maize, fodder beets will increase the total energy concentration of the roughage, and high yielding dairy cows can cover a bigger part of their energy need through roughage.This makes the farmer more self sufficient and less dependent on bought-in cereals and concentrates.

Fodder beets have a long growing season and are therefore retaining nitrogen very effectively - for the benefit of the environment.

Normally 25 % beets, including top, is mixed with 75 % maize, and of course all normal procedures when making good silage must be observed. Then there is no effluence from the clamp. The ensiling process proceeds easily, the amount of alcohol formed beeing acceptable, and no heating in the clamp is seen when the clamp is opened.

With fodder beets as silage, the yield potentail and feeding value can be kept and utilised in the TMR feeding. Mixed with fi. maize, this gives a stable and uniform feed all year round. You don´t have to worry about losses in the clamp or spend time managing it, and there are no daily routines with cleaning and cutting beets.


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