Maintaining Quality in Large Bale Silage

Introduction Large bale silage has become popular in Ontario as an option for storing excellent quality forage. By making silage, a farmer can be more aggressive and consistent in cutting schedules as it reduces the weather risk factor. A few farmers use this as their main storage system, but it is more commonly a flexible second system of storage when silos are full and the weather doesn't permit drying. It produces a long stem haylage, which is very acceptable to all types of ruminants. The system makes use of equipment such as large round balers, which are readily available. Baleage may be fed using the same equipment as dry, large bales. This provides flexibility, to make as little or as

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