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Oxygen Scavenging

Question:

“Will oxygen scavenging antioxidants help make up for loose packing?

Answer:

Air is the worst enemy of silage production. In theory, you could add antioxidants to “mop” this up, but the amount required to achieve even distribution and scavenge all the available oxygen would be impractical. In reality, … read more

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Reduced Heating and Spoilage

Question:

“Do all inoculants help reduce heating and spoilage?

Answer:

The simple answer is no. In fact, some heating is to be expected as a result of the fermentation processes that occur during ensiling. However, in the presence of oxygen, aerobic micro-organisms grow, which can cause significant heating and … read more

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Aerobic Stability

Question:

“How is aerobic stability measured?

Answer:

The aerobic stability of silage has become a “hot topic,” and yet this is the first time I have been asked how it is measured or determined!

Typically silage samples are taken from the undisturbed silage mass and are mixed by hand … read more

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Buchneri at Feedout

Question:

“Would Lactobacillus buchneri 40788 help improve silage stability if applied at feedout?

Answer:

No. If you are experiencing heating or spoilage at feedout, consider using a chemical preservative. Be sure to handle with care and to follow manufacturer directions, especially with regard to application rate.

Also practice good … read more

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Transported Baleage & Feeding in Winter

Question:

“I am looking at purchasing some round bale baleage that were wrapped in a tube. When moved, it would still have the some of the outer plastic but the ends would be exposed. How many days do I have to feed them in the winter?  Is 10 days too

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