Timing is key. Aim for the yield you need at the highest quality possible. Tip: Consider type/stage of the crop, weather conditions, contractor availability and farm pressures.
Rapidly wilted silage contains less water and nitrogen, and more dry matter (DM) and sugar. It has been proven to increase animal performance.
Tip: Leaving grass to wilt also reduces haulage.
Too short a chop length can lead to scouring animals, too long and it won't consolidate effectively.
Tip: Ensure knives are kept sharp and adjusted
Applying a proven silage inoculant is quick and easy to do and will pay dividends later with lower DM losses.
Tip: Choose a silage inoculant that reduces dry matter losses and enhances milk production, that has good digestibility and palatability and is easy to use, liquid or dry.
The denser the silage, the lower the DM losses, so consolidation is key during packing of the clamp.
Tip: To prevent air spoiling the silage, seal the clamp with high quality, overlapping sheets, weighed down well especially at edges.
Good clamp management now is vital to reduce aerobic spoilage and DM losses.
Tip: Work across the clamp face to keep it tidy and tight and stop air getting into the clamp.