In many aspects rye is the most efficient crop of all cereals: Water, nutrient as well as cost efficiency are just a few examples. Results of a joint venture with the University of Leeds prove that rye is ideally suited to improve fattening efficiency. Fenja Luhmann, SAATEN-UNION, and Dr. Wilke Griep, SALVANA TIERNAHRUNG report about it.
After the harvest the use of feed supplies and the need of supplementary feedstuff for pig feeding have to be carefully evaluated in order to use the existing resources “cereal harvest” and “stocking rate” effectively. An animal feed calculator can be a sensible planning support.
MyRye delivers comprehensive information on all aspects of rye production, whose potential is often underestimated, ranging from marketing & processing to economy and crop cultivation issues. As rainfall stays more frequently absent in spring/early summer and an increasingly smaller amount of nitrogen fertilisation is permitted hybrid rye shows its advantages compared to winter wheat and took the lead in many regions in the year 2018. Rye has also become indispensable in the crop rotation on the farm of Lars Meinecke from Barwedel in the district of Gifhorn.
Healthy and happier pigs due to fibre?
In human nutrition it is often discussed that a wholesome and fibre-rich diet containing a good mixture of our natural dietary diversity is the best way to stay healthy and feel well. Does it also apply to pigs? An article by Dr. Wilke Griep.
More than ever pig production is influenced by social demands for more animal welfare, less emissions and nutrient losses into the environment. Thus, for better social acceptance changes – in feeding systems – are necessary. But of course without limiting profitability. “Feed more rye”, demands Dr. Wilke Griep.
After the forage maize harvest in the year 2018 many farms had to face the fact that they could not secure their forage supply. Apart from low yields extremely variable qualities had an effect on cattle feeding. Therefore, the issue of wholecrop cereal silage, especially with hybrid rye, received again more attention. In the framework of the MyRye project Fenja Asmussen investigates into the question when wholecrop rye is worthwhile!