Still Silaging

We have been going strong for 2 weeks now and have 145 number of loads in the pit. The first week we started we were a little slow because our irrigation pump was broken down, so dad was spending most of his time trying to get that up and running and we were silaging in between working on the pump.

We also rented a bit of our neighbours land and got 12 loads of silage from there.

It has been a super busy week we have been getting up at 5am to get 3-4 loads before Macy wakes up and then working until dark most nights. Cyle said the other morning it is funny because there are more hours between breakfast and lunch than supper and breakfast.

Macy has been a trooper either being shuffled between tractors or with my mom.

Like I said in my previous blog, this is only our second year silaging, but so far there are some major benefits we see to silaging compared to haying

– It is better feed, because the silage undergoes a fermentation process and a lot of the break down that would happen in the cow’s rumen is already done, so they are able to utilize the feed better

– It is way faster to put up than hay and that means we get water back on the fields faster, so it doesn’t dry out as much

-We get more tonnage of feed

– It is not as weather dependant as haying. This past week the weather has been awful and Saturday it was even drizzling and we were able to keep going. If we were haying we would have been shut down and our quality of hay would have decreased substantially. This is because silage is put up wet between 60-70% moisture and hay must be less than 30% moisture. In order to do this the oxygen has to be removed, so that is why we pack the pit (run over it over and over and over with the tractor) and then cover it with plastic.

The downside to silaging is it is expensive initially to get all the new equipment, but we took the plunge and we are so happy we did!!!

I took some videos to show everyone what we have been up too! Please check them out!

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The tractor pulling the chopper and high dump. The chopper picks up the windrow (cut grass), chops it and then blows it into the high dump. When the high dump is full it gets dumped into the wagon and the wagon hauls it to the pit.

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Pulling up to the high dump. There are only a few inches to play with, the wagon has to be close enough to the high dump, so silage doesn’t spill on the ground, but far enough away not to hit the high dump.

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The wagon unloading silage in the pit.

 

 

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