When it comes to making silage, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure that you end up with quality silage. The first thing is to know the right time to harvest your crops. If you are using corn, for example, you should consider collecting it immediately a few weeks after flowering. This way, you will end up with quality silage. Before the crops are ready, you should think of how you are going to harvest corn.
In this case, there are two methods, you either harvest manually or use a combined silage harvester. The manual process is only useful if you are a small scale farmer. With the combined harvester, everything including harvesting and chopping the corn into small pieces happens on the farm. All you need is hire the machine and have several trailers or Lorries to carry away the silage.
The other thing is how to preserve your silage. Before transporting the silage from the farm, you should have an idea on how you will reserve it. In this case, you can either use the traditional silage pits or silage covers. Both methods are useful, and it all narrows down to the amount of silage you are making and the size of your land. If you have a massive parcel of land, then you have space to dig a silage pit. However, if you cannot afford to dig up a huge pit in your small parcel of land, then you can use the silage film.
The modern way of preserving silage is using silage film cover. But why silage film? Well, by using these covers, you will save time and money. How? You need not dig a large pit which will cost you both time and money. Also, when it comes to feeding, it is easy to access the feeds. These films are UV stable and weatherproof which gives you a peace of mind knowing that your silage is safe from weather damage and rotting. When it comes to using these covers, all you need is get quality covers, have some old vehicle tires and you are good to go.
The process of using silage covers is simple. You need to spread the film in a levelled ground, pour the silage and compress the silage. The length and width of the film will depend on how much silage you are preserving. Once all the silage is laid and compressed, you then use another film to cover the silage.
Before wrapping, ensure that the sides and corners are well tacked-in. Then after covering, you use the old vehicle tires to put weight on the film. It keeps the cover in place and prevents wind damage. When you do everything correctly, you can be sure of having quality silage at the time of feeding. You can consult livestock farmers or agricultural experts if you need advice.