Grass Silage as a Feed Supplement for Dairy Cows

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Type: Webpage, Factsheet
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

The fact sheets included at the end of the webpage contain some great information, especially when trying to estimate the quantities of silage on-hand.  In considering whether to cut pasture for silage it's important to remember that it's impossible to produce high quality silage from low quality pasture, no matter how good the fermentation is.

This webpage was produced by DairyNZ and contains information on high-quality grass silage as a quality feed supplement for dairy producers as a fibre source when feeding high sugar or starch feeds.

Key sections include:

  • Losses when making pasture silage (during harvest, when in the stack/pit/bale and when feeding out);
  • Analysis and sampling, including estimating quality from sight and smell.

It also provides a series of links to fact sheets related to grass silage with more in-depth information than the webpage, including:

  • Grass silage – the preservation process;
  • Losses when making pasture silage;
  • Analysis of pasture silage;
  • What is high quality pasture silage;
  • Assessing quantities of silage; and
  • How much silage is in my stack.

By reading both this webpage and the fact sheets, you’ll be able to gain an oversight into grass/pasture silage and enhance your knowledge into the processes and assessment of silage.

 

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