Why is Home & Dry growing in popularity year on year?
Simple, it does exactly what it says on the tin.
This is the 13th season for the farm Store selling this grain and wholecrop additive and we are still selling it to the same famers we did at the start.
Grain straight from the combine has always been the cheapest source of starch for livestock but with limiting factors.
• Low in protein.
• Moisture content an issue for long term storage and associated drying cost.
• Grain mites can be problematic.
• High acid load for ruminants when fed straight (grain has a PH of 3.5).
So how does Home & Dry Work?
Grain is taken direct from the combine at full maturity (unlike crimp) 16 – 22% moisture.
30kg of Home & Dry are added at the point of rolling and placed in a pile covered down with polythene for 2 weeks.
It isn’t necessary to roll the grain at this point if there is a roller on the farm and can be completed as required.
• The 30 kg Home & Dry is converted into Ammonium bicarbonate.
• This raises the protein in the grain by 4.5%.
• PH of the grain increase from 3.5 to 8 making it suitable for higher intakes and less acidosis.
• Kills any moulds eliminates heating.
• Prevents any mites from entering the grain.
• Vermin and birds are not attracted to the grain as a result of the ammonia smell.
• Alkaline PH provides a buffer to improve rumen function.
Cutting wholecrop and adding Home & Dry is also an option particularly where you need a high DM feed.
It is an excellent complement for beet and maize due to its high fibre content, high DM, increased PH and increased protein.
We have also treated straw with Home & Dry which eliminates labour of chopping straw throughout the winter as it is chopped going into pit with forage harvester and again has all the characteristics of grain and wholecrop discussed above.