What is a silage pit?

Silage is made by packing the chopped crop into a “pit” and packing it down well so that any oxygen pockets are eliminated. Oxygen pockets encourage spoilage of the feed. Silage and haylage can be interchangeable, especially since haylage or baleage involves the same process of ensiling to preserve feed for livestock.

How much silage is in a cubic meter?

Worked example

Silage dry matter (%) Tonnes of silage per cubic meter
40 Multiply by 0.48
45 Multiply by 0.42
Wholecrop 40% dry matter Multiply by 0.67
Forage maize 30% dry matter Multiply by 0.75

How is silage pile measured?

Example Calculation The pounds of silage in the silo is calculated by multiplying: Length (ft) x width (ft) x depth (ft) x density (lb/cu-ft) at the final moisture content. For example the silo is 50 feet long by 30 feet wide and the silage averages 12 feet deep.

How much silage fits in a bag?

While density of silage impacts the capacity of a bag, this size will hold between 100-150 tons (as-fed). Bags that are 10 ft diameter and 300 ft long are also commonly used and will hold between 350 to 450 tons (as-fed).

Is silage better than hay?

Moisture content: Hay usually has a moisture content of 12%, whereas silage moisture content is between 40-60%. Storage methods: Hay is mowed, dried and stored in bales. Silage is compacted and stored in air-tight conditions without being dried. Silage is partially and easily digested, offering more nutritious value.

Will pigs eat silage?

The silage should be finely chopped to prevent sorting by sows. You can probably do it, but DO NOT EXPECT to achieve optimum performance or weight gain, especially if the corn silage makes up more than 20% of the total feed intake per pig per day.

How many tons of silage are in a bale?

Other forages can be converted to silage equivalents. At 20% dry matter, the equivalent of ten 4×4 bales is 8.8 tonnes for grass silage bales, 6.6 tonnes for straw, 10 tonnes for hay. The equivalent in grass silage is 5.5 tonnes for 100 small square bales of straw; eight tonnes for 100 small square bales of hay.

How heavy is a bale of silage?

The average weight of the bale is 200-240kg DM. One bale would give 50 cows 4kg DM/cow approx. Weigh your bale to get an estimate of the weight. Bales can be fed in a ring feeder in the collecting yard or in the yard as cows leave the parlour.

How do you pack a silage pile?

The standard rule is that you cannot over-pack the pile. After all of the silage has been unloaded, slope the sides and crown the top of the pile and pack for the final time. The final pack should be done across the pile and then end to end. Be careful not to tip the packing tractor.

How many pounds of silage is an acre?

For example, if you expect a grain yield of 50 bushels of grain per acre, you will get about 10 ton/acre of 30 percent dry matter silage. For corn yielding more than 100 bushels per acre, about one ton of silage per acre can be expected for each 7 to 8 bushels of grain per acre.

How much is silage per acre?

What is a silage bagger?

NEW PRODUCT: RamPack is a bagging machine that provides more productivity and efficiency when unloading and packing silage, haylage, grain and dry hay. Two Iowa farmers invent a bagger that saves time and fuel while increasing density in the bag.