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Forage Crops :: Fodder Preservation Techniques
Poly Bag Silage Production

Crops used

Graminaceous
  • Maize, sorghum and Cumbu Napier Hybrid
Legume
  • Lucerne, Cowpea, Desmanthus
Advantages
  • 1.  Enhances livestock productivity by ensuring fodder supply during lean period
  • 2.  Surplus green fodder can be preserved, minimizing wastage.
  • 3.  Shelf life - 6 months
  • 4.  Enhanced quality - Acetic acid (2.2%), Lactic acid (8.2%), Digestible Dry Matter (61.4%) and Palatability (98.1%)
Steps
  • 1. Harvest crops at 50% flowering to dough stage with moisture content of 65-70 %
  • 2. Spread the chopped fodder into polybags with a capacity of 20kg and compact as tightly as possible by using vacuum machines
  • 3. Add additives Molasses solution (1%) on fresh weight basis.
  • 4. Maintain sealing for 45 days.
  • 5. Once silo polybag is opened, it should be used completely to avoid fungal contamination.




Poly Bag Silage Production