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tobytoby

  • Joined May 2011
  • north ayrshire
making small bagged silage for sheep
« on: April 18, 2012, 10:20:05 am »
Hi all,
I have read something previously about this, but cannot find the post.I like to plan ahead and not waste a resource - i have a large grassed area in the garden and would like to bag up the grass cuttings into heavy duty black bin bags and offer to the sheep in the winter :

Good idea?
Sheep won't eat it?
More trouble than its worth?
Can i cut & bag straight away or do i let it dry out for a day?

Any other tthoughts or suggestions welcome?

Moleskins

  • Joined Sep 2009
  • England
Re: making small bagged silage for sheep
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012, 10:55:31 am »
Google it for info, they do it a lot in Nepal and use supermarket carriers if I remember right.
The general opinion on the forum was that you'd get mixed results. Excluding air is all important.
Time flies like an arrow but fruit flies like a banana.

OhLaLa

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: making small bagged silage for sheep
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2012, 03:31:57 pm »
Silage is usually made in the same way as hay, then wrapped. It is very important that air doesn't get in as mould spores and fungus will grow rendering it inedible. Expect mixed results if doing it at home, most likely with a low success rate.

This link gives info on larger baling, but is a good guide:

http://www.dardni.gov.uk/ruralni/index/publications/information_booklets/big_bale_silage/principles_of_making_big_bale_silage.htm

 :farmer:

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: making small bagged silage for sheep
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2012, 04:12:52 pm »
http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5415370_make-silage-plastic-barrel.html

This works well, have friends who have done this for 30 years!!!
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: making small bagged silage for sheep
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2012, 04:39:38 pm »
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

robert waddell

  • Guest
Re: making small bagged silage for sheep
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2012, 05:34:28 pm »
sheep will eat it if it is good
proper silage (in a pit )is wilted for 24 hours before it is chopped    big bale silage or bin bag silage  is wilted for a bit longer but not left to the hay stage     the exclusion of air is the very important part as this determines if you have good silage /haylage   or just rotting shite :farmer:

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: making small bagged silage for sheep
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2012, 05:42:23 pm »
proper silage (in a pit )is wilted for 24 hours before it is chopped     

Not always these days - we see them cutting, harvesting and putting in the pit all in one these days, literally the conditioning mower followed by the forage harvester with just a few hundred metres between the two.  The 'conditioning' mower is supposed to give the same effect as the 24-hour wilt, they say.  Certainly our neighbours do it like this and their beautiful silage is the colour of marmalade and smells so good you want to eat it yourself. :D
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

 

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