Craig Hage

Agricultural contractor, South Australia

Craig Hage is making premium hay the easy way with HayKing.

Craig Hage from Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, likes Biostart’s HayKing because, “It gives consistent results on the end product compared to my previous inoculant and it is easy to use. There is no stuffing around mixing batches and can be tipped straight into the tank on the baler.”

Making life easier is a big part of Biostart’s ethos.
“Farmers have a lot on their plate, so our products must be easy to use and consistently deliver high-quality forage. That means maintaining the metabolizable energy in the fodder crop so it can feed the maximum number of livestock,” says Biostart CEO, Jerome Demmer.

Nick Smyth is Biostart’s Forage Preservatives Sales Manager, explains what makes HayKing and SilageKing, easy to use: “One of the things customers like about the Biostart forage preservative products is that they can take a break for a couple of days without having to throw away the rest of the product. That means no wastage and you can also work out the amount of forage you have made from your in-cab monitor. On top of that, because there are no live bacteria in these preservatives, the products are stable at room temperature, can be easily stored and are used straight from the drum.”

Jerome explains how their forage preservatives work, “HayKing reduces the growth of the yeasts and moulds that use up feed energy, heat bales and produce mycotoxins. It allows hay to be baled at a higher moisture content, extending the baling window. HayKing is suitable for domestic and export hay (nil withholding), is safe and compatible with bale steamers and doesn’t corrode machinery. SilageKing works by stimulating the natural ensiling bacteria that live on fodder while inhibiting spoilage moulds and yeasts that produce mycotoxins that impair animal weight gain and fertility.”

SilageKing can be used to preserve cereal, lucerne, canola and pasture silage. Biostart has a range of convenient applicators available to apply HayKing and SilageKing.

The Biostart forage preservative range has been used in Australia for 10+ years.

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