Silage Advice

What factors will help achieve a good fermentation?

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  • Use a high quality sward and frequent cutting at an early stage of growth.
  • High dry matter content – less sugars are required to achieve a stable fermentation.
  • Adequate sugar in the crop – enough to achieve a stable fermentation.
  • Appropriate chop length – drier material requires a shorter crop for good compaction.
  • Rapid clamp filling – ideally clamps should be sheeted every night and, if filling is going to take longer than 2 days, it is essential.
  • Correct compaction – the drier the material the more important the rolling and sealing to exclude air.
  • Application of a proven inoculant – this applies high numbers of specially selected bacteria to drive the fermentation

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