Limagrain Maize varieties for the UK come from the enormously successful Limagrain Genetics (LG) programmes in France. The LG/Nickerson partnership is the leading supplier of maize varieties throughout most of Europe’s major maize markets.
In addition to the breeding programmes, LG has made a major investment in the study of Animal Nutrition. Understanding how maize silage is utilised by the cow is of fundamental importance in selecting varieties to enhance milk production. LG varieties in the UK are characterised by massive yields of highly palatable silage, and have been designed to help lower unit costs of milk production.
The Nickerson Maize Technical Specialist, Simon Broddle, has extensive knowledge in this field and is available to give technical advice and expertise on 07850 811247
Using Forage Maize
Forage maize is maize bred for intense forage productions. Whole plant digestibility and total energy are the main criteria for the breeders.
Energy from maize. Maize produces energy as sugars (carbohydrates) manufactured by the plant as it grows and matures.
There are three main types of carbohydrates:
• Soluble sugar found in the plants cell
• Structural sugars which hold the plant cell and fibres together
• Starch produced in the cob as the kernel matures
All of these are an important source of energy and contribute to the total energy yield obtained from maize.