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X-Nir on show at Maize Growers Association

We will be at the Maize Growers Association on the 23rd February showcasing our X-NIR™ hand held portable analyser.



We shall discussing the benefits of the device and how you can increase the number of analysis carried out with no extra cost. To find out more please visit :

Green Forage Livestock Stand design


Come down to our Greenforage Stand LE 562  to find out all about the Bonino zero grazer range of machines!

We are really looking forward to answering any queries and sharing news and stories with old and new friends!




David Keiley from the SRUC gave a very very interesting speach on the results of the trial the did last year using one of our Bonino Zero Grazing Forage wagons to increase the grass intake of the cows.

grass cut and carry

48 cows in mid-lactation located at the SRUC were offered of of three treatments:

  • 100% TMR formulated to 40kg production
  • 75 % TMR – 25% Grass
  • 50 % TMR – 50% Grass

Fresh cut grass was mixed with TMR on a kg by kg DM basis production.

Animal production and economic return was assesed for a 16 week feeding period


  • Incorporating fresh grass into the diet of cows should reduce costs of production and exposure to fluctuations in purchased feed prices
  • In this experiment, replacing 50% of the TMR with grass was the most economically viable system under a range of feed cost /and milk prices scenarios


  • Careful assessment of grass quality and the costs of getting this grass to the housed cow are required on a farm by farm basis to ensure that the most economically viable diets are being offered to the lactating dairy cow


Merry Christmas and Happy 2016




Onboard feed analyzer biogas solution



The system is an onboard feed analyzer based on NIR analysis technology for installing directly onto the bucket of the  telescopic  handler, in the scraper of self-propelled machine or in the feed mixer. During loading the scanner analyzes the material in front of it and delivers a precise NIR reading  of the various nutrients present in real time: DM, starch, protein, crude fat, ADF NDF and ash. Once installed it does not require any technical expertise and  is ready-to-use since there is no sample preparation.

The uses and benefits derived from the implementation of this system in the biogas sector are multiple, allowing the:

  1. management of the levels of DM in loads delivered by contractors and suppliers, both of newly harvested material and of purchased silage, to be done simply and immediately;
  2. monitoring of the performance of specific fields in terms of production obtained which can then be used to plan and differentiate between different fields;
  3. tracing of the performance of the silage in the pit, making a comparison between analyses carried out during the filling phase and those made at loading for the digester;
  4. better management of the quantity of dry matter being loaded into the anaerobic digester. In fact, the system offers the possibility of interacting with the digester, making recalculations, according to the DM reported, regarding the quantity of silage to load into the digester. The operating system is open thus allowing the use and import of information gathered to other software systems. In this way, for example, the ecologist has access, allowing adjustment and improvement of feed performance in the biogas production process.

The system revolutionizes the concept of forage analysis turning it into a daily routine: forage analysis, either wet chemistry or NIR, used to be a slow  and expensive process, often undertaken infrequently and most of all, the forage analysis was  only as good as the sample taken. Now the PrecisioFEEDING™ onboard NIR system takes it to another level: it allows continuous analysis making valuable information available in real time. Now it is possible to control the variability of any feed directly in the silage pit or in field, in any type of weather and at no extra cost. The more analyses you make the quicker the cost of the investment is amortized.

At Egmere Energy – Future Biogas in Norfolk the machine onto which the analyzer was installed is a telescopic handler JCB 550-80.


Thank you Egmere Energy !!

Second hand AB 80

NEW – Second hand Bonino zero grazer forage wagon

We have now available for immediate delivery a second hand AB80 Bonino forage wagon

zero grazer zero grazer 4 zero grazer 7

This machine comes with the hydraulic door and low drawbar. It is a 2005 machine and it is in very very good condition. For more info and photos visit the page of the second hand machines available HERE

Spring 2014 – Zero Grazer

Cheshire Ploughing and Hedgelaying Match

Cheshire Ploughing Match 2013

October 2013 

IMG_1880 Green Forage enjoyed an amazing day at the first Cheshire Ploughing and Hedgelaying Match the company has attended. Interest in the Bonino range of grazer wagons from farmers keen to reduce input costs was fantastic. Thank you to all those who came to chat to us and especially to Stuart and Charles who visited the stand and chatted about their experience of working with the grazer wagons (Stuart for 13 years!). We hope to see you all next year.IMG_1878

British Dairying on the AgriNIR™ NIR analysis system

British Dairying issue of July had an article on our new nir analysis system.

The portable system of anaysis AgriNIR™ based on NIR technology was presented at the Livestock Event 2013.

Agrinir™ Portable NIR feed analyzer

British Dairying Article


“Cumbrian-based Greenforage have introduced a portable analyser for forage and feed on to the UK market. AgriNIR is a portable NIR analyser for forages, grains and TMR that quantifies the percentage of moisture (dry matter), crude protein, starch, ADF, NDF and ash of the plant material being analysed in seconds.It allows farmers and nutritionists to carry out sampling more often so they can monitor rations throughout the year and make sure rations are fine tuned as quality fluctuates. Analysis costs are cheap—there are nearly no direct costs per single analysis after initial purchase and servicing costs of the analyser. The analyser is very simple to use and does not require any technical expertise. There is no need for pre-sample preparation such as milling or drying. Operators simply put the feed material in the sampling cup, insert the cup into the AgriNIR analyser and start the analysis. The result can be read on a display on the analyser. The analysis results can also be printed on a ticket or transferred to a computer using a USB memory stick. The forage analyser is pre-loaded with NIR calibration curves for seven NIR Families (Crop Families) and with a total of 44 curves. Other crop families and calibration curves can be supplied by the Italian manufacturer Dinamica Generale Srl. All of the components except the external power supply (AC or DC) are enclosed in a high-impact transport case that is equipped with wheels and an extendable handle. ”


Farmers Weekly – Greenforage Forage Wagon

At the end of July Farmers Weekly published an article on Mr. Derek Haworth and the way he is making the most of one of our zero grazing forage wagons .

Many people believe it is not possible to successfully combine robotic milking of dairy cows with high milk yields from grass. One Lancashire dairy farmer is proving it can be done.

Bonino Forage Wagon

Derek Haworth using a Bonino Forage Wagon

Derek Haworth has lived and worked at Rose Farm near Blackpool, since 1979. But he only started looking at robotic technology for use in his 70-cow herd in in 2002.

About 70 registered Holsteins, Ayrshires and crossbred cows are milked on the tenanted, 45ha farm with an extra 8-16ha rented each year depending on availability.

Average annual milk yield has reached 8,476 litres a cow of which typically 4,000 litres comes from forage, although in 2012 appalling weather meant that this dropped to 3,230 litres, still impressive when compared to a national average of around 2000 litres.

Robotic milker

Although Mr Haworth looked at robots more than 10 years ago it wasn’t until seven years later he felt confident enough in their reliability to buy his robotic milker. “I had always wanted to try milking with a robot, but the question was could I make it work with a forage system?”

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The answer is a definite yes, says Mr Haworth. “Cows are grazed day and night using an A and B pasture system but this is supplemented with zero grazed grass every day and silage when necessary,” he says. A pasture gate from the housing leads to a fresh “A” paddock each morning, the “B” night paddock is more of a loafing area and this is where the zero grazing comes in.

Mr Haworth cuts and collects in one pass with his zero grazer, the same machine then dispenses the fresh grass down the feed barrier. This is done at 4-5pm each day, when the sugar content is highest and the cows all come in from their day pastures to feed. “There are only a few days, when they are on lush, fresh spring grass that I have to go and get them,” says Mr Haworth.

“The zero grazer works 365 days a year because in winter it feeds my silage too, although I always break blocks of silage open on the floor to loosen it up before putting in the machine. Zero grazing is a very efficient way of using your grass because there is so little waste compared to grazing.”

No concentrates are fed down the trough. Cake is fed through the robot and via out of parlour feeders (OPF), but built up slowly after calving to maximise forage intakes and prevent digestive/health problems.

After calving 2kg of cake is fed in the robot and 1kg in the OPF. Mr Haworth slowly builds the cows up over 35 days to a maximum of 10kg in the OPF and 6kg in the robot if they reach 50 litres.

Below this a maximum of 8kg is fed in the OPF and reduced further if cows are under pressure. The OPFs mean the feed is used efficiently. “To maximise milk from forage I use a very high quality cake, but I control where every single kilogramme goes,” he says.

Duncan Rose, Carrs Billington’s chief technical officer adds: “the concentrate feeding strategy during the dry period to calving and through the first month after calving is absolutely crucial and often not given enough attention on some farms, but Derek totally understands and practices this.

What will be a surprise to many is that no concentrates are fed in the dry period, but individual cows can be allocated up to 16kg a day. But, and it is a crucial but, the rate of increase from calving is very carefully and individually controlled to each cow or heifer,” he says.

The current 12-month rolling feed rate is 0.31kg/litre, but it has been as low as 0.24kg/litre. There are no moist feeds or “other purchased feeds used and the rolling purchased feed costs per litre are around 3ppl below the average.

Generally, three cuts of silage are made, sometimes four, as this fits in with the zero grazing. No artificial fertiliser is used except to give a field a short term boost, Mr Haworth says. “I am not organic, I just don’t fertilise or spray as much, but this is done for financial not political reasons. My system is sustainable not intensive.”


Mr Haworth rears his own heifers which calve at between 2 and 3 years of age, depending on size and maturity. Replacement rates are low with only 10 -12 heifers brought in each year, this means surplus heifers can be sold.

Dutch genetics are generally sourced to breed replacements, mostly red and white Holstein or Ayrshire, but occasionally a black and white test bull is used.

Heifers are served with an Aberdeen Angus to give them an easy calving and a Limousin on cows not used to breed replacements. Beef and bull calves are sold off at 6 to 8 weeks through the local market.

A 365-day calving interval is aimed for, but service time depends entirely on the animal and if a cow is under the weather, or needs more time to recover from calving, then service is delayed. The actual calving interval is 418 days for the Holsteins and 398 days for the Red and Whites.

Milk is sold to Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses on a constituent contract. Milk quality is very important here, particularly protein and the current rolling 12-month figures are 4.48% butterfat and 3.30% protein.

Mr Haworth believes there is no need to expand cow numbers beyond 70-plus followers. “Most herds typically run around 70 cows milked for every full-time employee and if I expanded it would need a huge jump in cow numbers, land rented and infrastructure costs to provide enough work to justify another employee. My aim and philosophy has been to devise a system to achieve each cows economically sustainable genetic potential.”


Article Farmers Weekly