Maize Silage as a Feed Supplement for Dairy Cows


Type: Webpage, Factsheet
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

This is a good summary of maize silage and, as feed security is more important than ever, it's a good starting point to figure out if this form of extending the life of feed is beneficial for your cows.

This webpage was produced by DairyNZ and contains information on maize silage as a quality feed supplement for dairy producers.  It also briefly discusses the milk response from feeding silage depending on the season and conditions.

Key sections include:

  • Why maize is ensiled;
  • Storage of maize silage;
  • Feeding out silage, including face management and closing a stack down;
  • Interpreting silage analysis.

It also contains tabulated mineral additive requirements for when 25-40% of the cow’s DM intake is maize silage, both for dry cows and lactating cows, as well as links to additional fact sheets for further information.

In conclusion, this webpage provides a good summary of the benefits and considerations of feeding maize silage and management of maize silage on-farm.

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