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Silage Bags

POULTRY & LIVESTOCK KE 1 week ago

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Local dairy farmers especially those doing dairy farming for business now have a reason to smile. The new method of making silage using plastic bags has become much easier to secure feeds for your cows from the excess forage that you get during the rainy season.


 


Here are seven easy steps to making silage using plastic bags.


Step 1: Using a chaff cutter... chopper or a panga, chop your forage (Napier grass, maize stalks or grass) into pieces of about 1 inch or 2.5cm.On a flat surface, spread a polythene sheet or a canvas and pour on it a bagful of the chopped forage (about 50 – 70 kg). Spreadthe forage into a thin layer.


Step 2: Dilute 1 litre of molasses with 1-3 litres of water. The mixture should be just enough to spread over the layer of chopped forage material.


Step 3: Using a watering can, pour the molasses mixture evenly onto the spread material of chopped forage. Turn the material repeatedly as much as you can to ensure an even spread of the molasses mixture over the material.


Step 4: Tie one end of a plastic bag you will be using to make silage.


The bags come in various sizes.


Step 5: Fill the plastic bag with the forage mixed with molasses. Compress the forage to produceas compact material as possible. If the bag is not full, prepare more material by following steps 1-3 and continue filling up all the time compressing as hard as you can.


Step 6: Once the plastic bag is full with silage, tie its top tightly ensuring that you leave inside as little air as possible. Step 7: Store the silage bags away from direct sunlight and rain. To ensure that you maintain the compression on the material, you may need to place weights such as stones.


Note carefully : 


A plastic bag filled with silage can be very heavy. It’s therefore advisable to fill it on the position where it will be stored. Silage is only made to conserve forage for use during the dry season when green fodder is limited.


Therefore, it should not be used to replace concentrates fed to your cow.


Each time you open a bag of silage to remove some feeds, make sure you tie it tightly and leave as little air as you can inside.


Otherwise, you risk spoiling your preserved cow feeds.


Feed your cows at least 2 hours before milking or immediately after milking. This helps you to avoid tainting. A dairy cow can consume more than 25kg of silage in a day.


You can get the Plastic bags on order while molasses can be found in most cow feed shops

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