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silage and/or haylage for sheep

Discussion in 'Feeding Time - Sheep' started by ohiogoatgirl, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. Oct 19, 2018
    ohiogoatgirl

    ohiogoatgirl Loving the herd life

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    I had not thought much about it because I'm still on a fairly small scale and don't have a silo or big equipment. I have boing some reading and I think I can try it out with some heavy plastic bags and/or plastic barrels.
    I may wander around and try some scything and bag it. See if the sheep even go for it. Neighbors sold their dairy cows and wondering if they'd have some silage I could see if the sheep go for it. Right now I know that me and dad could cut and pack it. The storage is something I'd need to figure out. But the barn ain't built yet so that might be something to ponder on.
     
  2. Oct 19, 2018
    Sheepshape

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    Sheep love silage/haylage/hay. If your grass/pasture is getting low try them ......but only with fresh stuff. Silage which has been open to the air 'goes off' after about a week and spoilt silage harbours Listeria (and also can cause 'Farmer's Lung' in us if the silage is mouldy)

    In order to produce silage air has to be excluded. We get ours triple polythene wrapped (baled and wrapped by a machine). If air gets in, then the silage will go rotten.

    Hay can be produced without air exclusion if you have a dry climate and can regularly turn the cut grass until it has dried.
     
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