Prevent injuries or worse from silage avalanches

By Ruthie Bolsen and Dr Keith Bolsen,

Keith Bolsen & Associates, Austin, Texas

Silage avalanches are real and there is no way to predict when and where they will occur.

It only takes a fraction of a second for part of a silage feedout face to silently break off and fall. The result can be deadly for anyone located beneath it.

Recently there have been several avalanche fatalities in the United States. The victims include an 11-year old boy, a 30-year old truck driver, and a 63-year old employee.

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Silage - Protect your Investment

Gordon Marley

Sil-All Global Product Manager

Jealously living in the UK

During the 2014 National Fodder Conference Round Bale Silage workshop, Gordon Marley gave a presentation on the importance of bulk density in round bale silage. Following on from this workshop and round bale silage discussion we’ve asked Gordon to put together some key points about making quality round bale silage.

Have you ever wondered what difference a season can make to your silage? Of course not – you know the answer. Have you ever wondered what difference your management can make to your silage? Of course not – you also know the answer. Purely for the Brits who emigrated for a better life I want to pass on some advice to help you get more from your forage. Download the full article here.

Filling and Sealing Silage Stacks

Frank Mickan is the Pasture and Fodder Conservation Specialist with the Department Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) at Elinbank in Victoria. 

“There are no short cuts when sealing stacks of forage harvested silage,” says Frank Mickan, Pasture and Fodder Conservation Specialist, NRE, Ellinbank. Sticking a few tyres on top to hold the plastic down and throwing a bit of dirt around the edges is not a suitable airtight seal. If mould is present when the stack is opened, then air is present, or has been. The more air, the more mould! Where has this air come from?

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Storage of Large Square Baled Silage

“Storing large square bales of silage under sheets of plastic should be cheaper than being individually wrapped”, says Frank Mickan, Fodder and Pasture Specialist, Natural Resources and Environment, Ellinbank. However this is often not the case because many bales are mouldy when unsealed! These mouldy bales

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