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Mold & Yeast Counts in Fresh Forage

Question:

“What mold and yeast counts could producers expect to find in fresh forages?

Answer:

It really all depends on local conditions, the crops, stage of maturity, stress events, damage events and the like.

Yeasts and molds are common on plants. They are saprophytes, meaning they live on and … 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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NDF Digestibility

Question:

“How can a silage inoculant affect neutral detergent fiber (NDF) digestibility?

Answer:

A quality, research-proven inoculant can increase neutral detergent fiber (NDF) digestibility in the finished silage because of better preservation of the most readily digestible NDF fractions due to a faster, more efficient homolactic-driven fermentation during the … 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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Feeding Spoiled Silage

Question:

“Can I feed spoiled silage to my cattle?

Answer:

I would always recommend disposing of spoiled silage rather than feeding it out. Including spoiled silage in a ration has been shown to decrease animal intake and production by disrupting normal rumen function, which can also lead to reproduction

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