A profitable dairy farm requires unbelievable funding — from cows and quota to crops, to land base and labour, the checklist of key inputs is big.
One of the important thing items that drives a dairy operation ahead is silage high quality. On this episode of the The Sharp Edge, Maizex Seeds agronomist Greg Stewart visits customized silage harvester Kervin Horst from Trinal Farms for some tips about how one can harvest and pack corn silage.
Stewart catches up with Horst on a busy October silage day as he’s customized harvesting and bunk packing on the te Vaarwerk household dairy farm at Tiverton, Ont. Horst has been doing customized silage for 10 years and says feed high quality relies upon closely on how the bunk is constructed and packed.
A key to Horst’s capability to successfully handle the bunk is a 9-wheel Spanjer influence silage packer. Tractor wheels nonetheless play an essential function in placing down strain on the corn silage, however the Spanjer provides about 5 tonnes to the unit, delivers extra strain to the floor of the bunk and in addition enhances levelling. Tires are additionally key, with inflation strain set at round 30 lb. (Story continues after the video.)
At the te Vaarwerk farm, silage moisture is operating at 60 %. As silage will get drier, Horst says the work intensifies and he’ll typically add one other packing tractor. Horst works to maintain the piles of silage on the sides of the bunk larger to keep away from falling into the wall or hitting plastic liners. Another focus when packing is to holding the slice as skinny as attainable.
Stewart makes observe of Horst and his workforce’s consideration to element as they chop, ship the silage to the pit and pack the feed.
“There’s a dairy farmer who’s eager on the standard of the silage and the way nicely it feeds his dairy cows. There’s additionally a nutritionist assessing the silage,” says Stewart noting that many producers additionally do bunk audits to evaluate density and fermentation throughout the face of the bunk. “If you will be a pointy dairy farmer, the bunk actually is essential to having high-quality feed.”