Baling forage enables more flexibility in your feeding cycle. Your livestock will have more consistent quality feed throughout the year with minimised feed and quality losses.
Drive over piles and silage clamps are common methods of storing grass. Simply load several cuts of grass into a pile or clamp, cover it with plastic and soil or tyres, and you have a whole season of forage for your cattle. It is important to cover the silage well, utilise the space well, compact the pile and ensure it is airtight. The ideal dry matter content of grass for ensilaging into a pile or clamp is between 35 and 45% and certainly not higher than 45%, so driving over the pile offers sufficient compacting1.
Baling is the ideal solution for complete control of the feed ration and to achieve a consistently high quality forage. Every bale is a small store of feed that is opened fresh each time. So directly baling grass using a baler and wrapper combination, results in higher feed quality and avoids silage losses. Moreover, baling is suitable for a wide range of dry matter content.
Mixing for consistent feed values
Just like clamp silage, the feed value of bales can vary. However, unlike clamp silage, bales with a lower feed value can be mixed with a bale with a higher feed value to give you more control of the composition of your feed rations and maintain correct dry matter contents and feed values in the rations.
Bales are labour saving
It can be a costly operation to make clamp silage due to the infrastructure, machinery and labour need. With the KUHN baler-wrapper combinations, the forage is being collected and preserved in one pass and all you need in the yard is a hard surface to store the bales on.
Bales are easy to use
Bales are easy to handle, transport and store. Of course, there are a number of recommendations when it comes to preventing damage and optimal storage. As soon as the livestock need to be fed: choose the desired bale and open it with a sharp knife or a special bale slicer. A film-bound bale is opened in no time without leaving any silage behind.