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Forage Types

Hay, silage and pasture is your business, and it's our focus. Take your operation to the next level with the help of our comprehensive and practical information, education and technology about various forage types.

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How many of you use visual parameters to determine harvest time?

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Proper moisture content of silage is critical for proper packing and effective fermentation to achieve good quality feed.

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For most dairy farms in North America, the feeding of fermented forage in the form of silage remains an integral part of their operation, particularly with today’s unprecedented feed costs as producers try to maximize production from farm-based inputs. In its various forms, corn, grass, haylage, small grains and other silage contribute significantly to the dairy diet.

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Forages are the foundation of dairy cow diets and ensiled forages account for much of the forages fed on dairies around the world.

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The process of producing silage involves harvesting a fresh forage crop at a near neutral pH from the field, putting that crop into an enclosed storage system of some sort (e.g. bales, bags, bunkers, pits, piles, towers, etc.) and acidifying the material to reduce its pH, which prevents the growth of spoilage organisms.

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Have you ever started the herd on a new silage crop and experienced an intake and milk production crash?

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