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.
New varieties 2012
Breeding at DLF-TRIFOLIUM has in 2012 resulted in three new vartieties suited for forage and/or biogas.
ENERMAX - a development of Magnum with high yield, with white root colour and low dirt tare - for forage and biogas.
ENERGARCI - a development of Marshall. High yielding, clean beet with white root colour - for forage and biogas
BANGOR - a development of Troya. Yellow root colour, medium content of drymatter, very clean root - for forage
BANGOR (français) - Bangor est une amélioration des fameuses et très appréciées KYROS et TROYA - avec pour résultat un rendement supérieur de 10 % et une racine uniforme.
From the very well-known portfolio of fodder beets we also recommend:
KYROS - high yielding fodder beet with yellow root colour
MAGNUM - very high yield and with white root colour
SOLID a development of Marshall and Magnum. High yielding, clean beet with white root colour - for forage and biogas.
See a general guideline for growing fodder beets.
See video from demonstration - October 2010
See the German version here.
Earn 100-150 € per cow with fodder beets in the feed ratio
With a new beet harvester it is now possible to harvest and store beets as easy as maize. This makes it possible to earn more money per cow, see the calculations here. (Note: 1 € = 7,45 DKK).
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.
Growing and storing of beets
Before taking a final decision to grow fodder beets for co-ensilage with maize, there are a number of matters relating to fodder beet cultivation and the co-ensilage equipment available in your area which require your attention. See the details here.
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.
Feeding with fodder beet silage
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.
Cows are very willing to eat the tasty forage and pay back with a higher fat percentage in milk. The number of spores in the milk does not increase when using maize+beet silage. See the report about feeding here.
New beet harvester developed
The machine factory Thyregod A/S, DLF-TRIFOLIUM A/S and the contractor Mosegaarden Maskinstation have been partners in a project with the aim to develop a method for harvesting and ensiling fodder beets. This project is now concluded.
As a result, Thyregod is marketing a beet harvester specially designed for harvesting, cleaning and chopping root and top of fodderbeets.