Silage Advice

What DM should I aim for?

Aim for at least 28%, but only if you can achieve this within 24 hours, preferably 12 hours. DMs above this may well lead to higher DM intakes but not necessarily to higher animal production; field DM losses will also be higher and the risk of aerobic spoilage will be significantly increased.

Silage cut

It is worth finishing the clamp off with a few loads of direct cut grass as this will help seal the surface and reduce aerobic spoilage.

How can I tell what DM the grass is?

Take a few representative grab samples of the swath and squeeze them.

 

Are you a farmer making grass or maize silage?

Sign up to our newsletter for top tips and advice on making consistently better silage and increasing the amount of milk produced from your own silage.