Raise gross margins by growing your own maize

Padfield, Emily
February 2007
Farmers Weekly;2/23/2007, Vol. 146 Issue 8, p45
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the effect of growing maize on gross margins of beef farmers. Independent beef consultant David Hendy claims that producing home-grown maize could increase gross margins by up to £70 a head through a combination of higher dry matter intake, better feed conversion efficiency and higher rates of liveweight gain. He reckons that maize incurs lower energy cost than other forages on a dry matter, which means savings of £20 to 25 a head during winter feeding.


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