The only way tot preserve your silage
Silage is produced when forages are stored in the absence of oxygen. During this anaerobic fermentation process the pH level is decreased, resulting in stable and high quality forage.
The 4 stages of silage management;
3. Covering the silage
In the first stage it is important to cut the crop at the right stage, when the appropiate dry matter level and optimal amounts of fiber sources such as ADF and NDF have been reached. Spread the swath wide for maximum dry-down effect. Make sure that soil particles do not reduce the quality of the silage.
Points of attention in this stage:
- Inspect the bunker for moulds.
- Place the sidewall plastic over the walls.
- Feedout speed determines the bunker size:
- Winter 5 ft/week
- Summer 7 ft/week.
- Never stop packing during ensiling.
- Use silage inoculants for extra protection and assurance.
- The filled bunker should be a half circle.
- Spread silage in thin layers. From back to front, which can be provided by longer slopes
3. Covering the silage
Optimally covering your grass or maize clamp will help minimise any losses in silage quality. Using good quality agricultural sheeting is important to retain the quality of your forage. VisscherHolland offers a wide range of agricultural sheeting for this purpose, available in a variety of lengths and widths. Cover your clamp no matter what the size.
In addition to plastic agricultural sheeting, VisscherHolland has other types of sheeting, films and covers for a better yield and nutritional quality of your silage.
Barrier film is a thin, transparent film that is placed over the clamp immediately after it has been formed. The barrier film creates a vacuum between the silage and the plastic sheeting that greatly reduces the oxygen content in the top layer. This also reduces any losses in the top layer caused by heating in particular.
- Tougher puncture and tear resistance
- High oxygen barrier
- Fast fermentation
- Reduced dry matter loss
- 50 times less oxygen permeability
Sidewall film is used at the side of a bunker silo between the barrier film and the plastic sheeting. It is an ideal way to prevent rain and melting snow from seeping into the clamp from the sides.
- Keeps rain and melted snow out
- Protects the concrete wall from acid influences
The requirements imposed on the performance of plastic sheeting by many farmers are becoming more and more demanding. With Megaleen we have succeeded in meeting these demands, and our MegaplastPower even exceeds the expectations.
Plastic sheeting from VisscherHolland is made in three layers. This offers minimum oxygen permeability and maximum stretch and tear resistance.
MegaCombi is a combination of MegaplastPower and MegaBarrier rolled together:
- Stable seal with a very high oxygen barrier
- Faster, easier and safer covering of the silo
- Unroll them together at the same time
VisscherHolland Meganyl protection nets protect the clamp from external mechanical influences and birds, game and falling branches. Meganyl protection nets are super strong and can last for many years.
EasyLock, EasyTube, Treviraband and sandbags
VisscherHolland offers a range of products that can all be combined to help keep your plastic sheeting and clamp protection nets firmly in place under all conditions. EasyLock, EasyTube, Treviraband and sandbags/anchor bags are designed to make covering silage complete and labour saving.