Start at the back of the clamp
Rather than filling right to the front fill up to the maximum height at the back.
Move forward with a ramp at an approximate angle of 30˚.
The top sheet can then be pulled back during filling as each section is completed allowing fermentation to begin sooner thus improving silage quality and reducing losses.
This technique reduces the risks of over rolling the front section of the clamp which can cause poor quality silage.
Never roll silage the next morning because carbon dioxide will have been produced overnight and the fermentation process will have begun. By rolling you will squeeze the carbon dioxide out and introduce more oxygen thus reducing fermentation, reduce sugar content and increase losses.
If filling again the next morning, fill the clamp with at least 30cm of forage and compact as you go.
When filling is complete, consider using a thin vacuum film such as Visqueen Clingseal. This new generation clamp sheet sits directly beneath the traditional black silage sheet, where, thanks to its design it closely follows and 'clings' to the clamp surface. In doing so it prevents pockets of trapped air forming to significantly reduce aerobic spoilage on the top and shoulders.
After sealing has been completed place sufficient top weight on the silage clamp. If the clamp is undercover then ideally use straw or hay bales, they provide far more top weight and reduce top silage losses than tyres. When using mesh coverings and sand/gravel bags the silage clamp needs to be finished in a domed shape so when the bags are placed around the edges the mesh cover will pull down across the entire surface of the clamp. It is important to return to the clamp daily during the first week to pull the bags tight as the silage settles. A sharp shear grab should be used to feed out to maintain a clean silage face and to reduce air ingress, thus reducing the risks of oxygen and aerobic spoilage losses.
- Use side sheets
- Fill silage clamp with even 15cm layers of fresh forage
- Compact as you fill
- Do not roll the silage the next morning
- Seal well and quickly
- Apply sufficient top weight to ensure good sealing and compaction is maintained throughout the storage period
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