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Minimising Dry Matter Losses in Clamped Silage

Dry matter (nutrient) losses from clamped silage can be on average 25%, representing a significant amount of feed value disappearing between cutting the grass and feeding the silage out to livestock! However, dry matter losses can be minimised at each stage of the silage making process with good management and attention to detail. This video discusses some of the key areas of clamp silage management to focus on to reduce these losses, including the wilting process, consolidating the grass, use of additives, effective sealing of the clamp, and management at feed out.

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