On a roll in Scotland

Scottish farmer, George Stirling, farms 625 acres, lambing 200 ewes, fattening 400+ cattle and growing 165 acres of cereals and operates a thriving farm-contracting business crimping and rolling grain and pulses for farms in the Anstratha – Perth area.

Dry rolled grain used to be the norm for feeding cattle, but George’s father introduced him to the benefits of feeding Propcorn NC-treated grain. George now feeds his stock moist Propcorn NC-treated and rolled home-grown cereals. He has found that this palatable and nutritious ration ensures good intakes and better feed conversion than dry grain. The wider window for harvest, at up to 25% moisture content, is also welcome as it allows earlier autumn planting.

George and his wife Alison operate the contracting business with two Kelvin Cave machines. The first is a Korte 1400 crimper specifically designed for the effective processing of grain harvested, rolled and ensiled at 35-45% moisture, and pulses with moisture content of 25-35%.  This crimped feed is treated with Crimpstore preservative, a unique, non-corrosive blend of organic acids, designed to maximise nutrient retention and ensure stability of the resulting concentrate which is harvested at optimal nutritional value and digestibility.

The second is a high-output KC Bruiser 1250 machine, built to George’s specification, which works most weeks of the year.  The Bruiser is used for grain below 25% moisture which is treated with Propcorn NC at harvest, and dry grain rolling the rest of the year, averaging spectacular 30tph outputs on wheat and barley when driven by George’s 230 hp MF6499 tractor.

For George the big advantage of Propcorn NC and Crimpstore is that they are non-corrosive and don’t produce the acrid fumes associated with un-buffered acid products, making it easier for the operator and ensuring the mills remain in good condition, even after treating many thousands of tonnes a year.

George comments that even storing grain at 16-17% moisture, he prefers to give the grain a ‘whiff’ of Propcorn NC as it keeps much better during the damp Scottish winters and helps keep mites at bay.  Every customer has a different need and different stock require different rations, from rolled and treated oats for pre-lambing sheep in January to Crimpstore-treated barley for beef rations throughout the year. The sweet-smelling, home-produced concentrate feeds George produces are always welcome.

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