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silage quality


Facts & Fiction - Concepts

The production of high quality silage relies on many factors.  The basis though is to start with as high of a quality feedstuff as possible and then preserve as much of both the quality and quantity as possible.  The value of this is great enough and the difficulty noteworthy enough that ancient cultures attributed the remarkable power of fermentation worthy of gods and worshipped gods.  The Egyptians praised Osiris for the brewing of beer and the Greeks established Bacchus as the god of wine.

Now, we look at the science of fermentation much more critically and scientifically in order obtain the maximum benefits from controlling it in the production of silages for feeding dairy cattle.  Producers now look to recognized experts such as Dr. Limin Kung for assistance in improving fermentation of silages.  There are many possible sources of losses of both quality and quantity of silage as seen in the illustration below.  It is the goal of experts such as these and The Silage Guys to help producers identify the potential problems and eliminate or reduce them to the best of our abilities.


silo losses dr. limin

Dr. Limin Kung of The University of Delaware

 

Experts such as Dr Kung, Dr. Muck, Dr. Holmes, Dr. Hutjens, Dr. Harrison, Dr. Chase,
Dr. Heinrichs, and others would all agree on the most important basic guidelines for producing,
storing and feeding high quality silages.

1. The Quality Of The Fresh Feed Largely Determines The Quality Of The Silage

2. Proper Chopping And Processing Helps Insure Optimum Fermentation

3. Fast Filling To Prevent Prolonged Exposure Of fresh Feed To Air Is Important

4. Adequate Packing Is Necessary Both To Insure A Fast Fermentation And Prevent Exposure To Air During Storage
And Feedout

5. Covering And Sealing The Silage As Soon As Possible After Ensiling Is CriticalGood Face Management And Proper Feedout Is Critical


References and citations to all of the above are widely available and commonly cited.  Rather than reiterate or simply add to the voluminous quantity of references available we have elected to simply provide links to some
of the very best and relevant articles, web sites etc. below.

THE IMPACT OF INITIAL CROP QUALITY ON SILAGE QUALITY

EVALUATING CHOP LENGTH AND PROPER PROCESSING OF SILAGE

THE IMPACT OF FILLING SILOS FAST AND SEALING – PROTECTION FROM AIR AND OXYGEN

FACE MANAGEMENT AND FEEDOUT PROCEDURES ARE CRITICAL

TOOLS FOR IMPROVING SILAGE QUALITY

PROCESSORS

PACKING TOOLS

IMPROVED PLASTIC SILO COVERS

SILAGE INOCULANTS


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