Good quality silage has many benefits for dairy animals, such as improved health of lactating cows and many more. Here are the steps to produce it.
The six stages towards high-quality Silage
The six steps are cutting, wilting, harvesting, treating, clamping, and feeding.
Cutting: – Cutting the crops such as wheat, grass, maize, wheat, maize, corn, sugarcane, and more at the right time is vital to produce the best quality silage product. Each crop has a different right time for cutting, so farmers should check accordingly. They are advised to cut the production with the highest quality possible. They should consider the following during cutting.
- Type or stage of the crop.
- Pressures of the farm.
- Weather conditions also affect the time of cutting.
- Availability of contractors.
Wilting: – Farmers should very quickly hang their cut crops to loosen the rigidity of the non-woody parts. As rapidly waned silage product contains more dry matter, aka DM and sugar, it is suitable for cattle health, milk production, and performance. A good tip for farmers is to leave the grass to wilt itself, decreasing traction and increasing DM and sugar.
Harvesting: – This is an essential step as a mistake here can ruin all the previous hard work, and then farmers will have to start from step 1, which they will never want to do as it will waste their time and money. Harvesting the crop at the ideal length is necessary as:
- If the crop is chopped too short, the result will be animals that are too buff or, in simple words, overweight.
- On the other hand, if the chop length is too short, it won’t strengthen the animals, and they will end up malnourished and weak.
Farmers must ensure that their knives are sharp and adjusted to cut the correct length crop with ease and on the first chop.
Treating: – Good fermentation is necessary for the end silage product to be jam-packed with nutrients and DM. Suitable inoculants contain essential bacteria that do the job of adequately treating the crop and help it become the best quality silage. Farmers should apply tested and proven inoculants that are quick and easy to use and decrease DM losses.
Hear it from the professionals. Choosing a silage fermentation substance that reduces DM losses, is highly digestible, improves milk yield, deliciousness, and is easy to use.
Clamping: – Keep this in mind. The thicker the Silage, the lower the dry matter losses, making the silage firm while packing the clamp is necessary. In addition, professionals say that farmers should prevent air from damaging the Silage at all costs by sealing it with good quality overlapping sheets, weighed down nicely, especially at the edges.
Feeding: – Farmers should know the ways to manage and store the clamps these days properly. First, it is to ensure that dry matter losses and aerobic spoilage don’t happen. Second, it is a good practice for farmers to work across the face of the clamp to keep it clean, tight and stop air from entering it.
Dairy animals must feed on high-quality Silage, and for that to happen, it is necessary to produce good quality silage.
Silage Agro Private Limited manufactures Silage with European technology. They follow these steps to give farmers the best quality silage in various yummy flavors, corn, maize, sugarcane, and wheat, to keep their dairy farm animals in good health. NutriMeal Silage, their newest product, is the country’s first branded & packed silage product ready to use instantly. It has all the nutrition value of corn silage.