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Silage

Ensiled forages are the most common feeds used on the dairy farm. The objective of this document is to provide practical information by which silage quality and feeding management may be evaluated to determine its potential role in production or health problems on the dairy farm.

Cet article inclut: l’évaluation sensorielle e l’ensilage de maïs, la composition chimique de l’ensilage, les caratéristiques physiques de l’ensilage, et les utilisations possibles du séparateur de particules PennState.

This video explains the principles and practices involved in making high-quality silages to feed to today’s high-producing dairy herds. This video details specific factors that the dairy producer controls in producing good silage and the steps that are involved in the silage fermentation process. Specific segments address the various types of silage that are commonly fed and the major types of silo structures used, including recommended silage dry matter and particle size for each structure type. DVD Format. English and Spanish versions available.

High-level management and sizeable financial outlays are necessary to efficiently produce, harvest, store, and feed silage. The following information should enable more effective decisions in the harvesting, managing, and feeding of silage.

Cutting corn silage higher can increase silage quality because the lower part of the crop is poorly digestible, but this can also reduce yield. Is the improved quality large enough to offset the yield loss and further increase the profitability of the dairy? What factors should be considered before choosing to cut corn higher? The objective of this publication is to provide some insight into these issues.