Tin, and these days aluminium cans have been used to package and preserve foodstuffs for more than 200 years. And while we don’t advocate canning silage crops, the time, effort and expense of growing them can amount to little if losses then occur in the clamp due to inadequate preservation, insufficient and uneven compaction or poor protection from air ingress, the weather and vermin.
But, using these proven products and ensiling techniques (all of which do exactly what it says on the can), you can maximise DM retention and keep your crops palatable and better preserved for longer.
Safesil Pro is the ideal treatment for high dry matter silage where aerobic deterioration is a concern. Safesil Pro ensures long-term stability in the open clamp and during feed-out, minimising nutrient loss and mycotoxin formation.
Safesil Challenge is ideal for treating grass, grass/clover, legume and arable silages with DM content below 30%. Its ability to eradicate harmful clostridia and enterobacteria ensures a controlled, effective fermentation in high-buffering, low-sugar and lower dry matter forage.
SilaPactors are available in a range of widths from 2.1 metres to 4 metres weighing from 2.5 to 6.0 tonnes. A SilaPactor will speed up the compaction process, saving both time and fuel, and can increase dry matter compaction density by up to 40% when compared to conventional tractor rolling.
Made from stainless, spring steel, KlampClips are like an extra pair of hands when lining clamp walls with side sheets. Available in two sizes (100-150mm clamp wall width x 700mm long, and 200-300mm clamp wall width x 1000mm long), both are available in packs of 25 and complement our heavy-duty, 150μm, clear plastic side sheets which are supplied in 50-metre rolls and widths of 4, 5 and 6 metres. 120μm black side sheets in 50-metre rolls and convenient widths of 4, 5, 6 and 8 metres are also available.
O2 Barrier 2in1 is a single-application top sheet which transforms into two on the clamp. Comprising a protective, high-quality top layer covering a layer of very oxygen impermeable, polyamide vacuum film, (up to a ten times less oxygen permeable compared to conventional sheeting systems) it provides a quick and effective clamp sealing system which reduces DM losses in the vulnerable top layer of the silage and the time taken to sheet the clamp.
A 300g/m2, heavy-duty green silage cover with seamed, stitched edges to prevent fraying or unravelling, ClampNet offers added protection from attack by birds and vermin and can also help to maintain compaction.
Made from 90 per cent recycled material with a life expectancy of around 15 years, ClampTiles are ergonomically designed for ease of handling. Unlike tyres, they don’t harbour rainwater and debris, and when not in use can be stacked on pallets.
PLEASE ENSILE RESPONSIBLY
We recommend NO FEWER than six of the measures outlined above are applied to each silage crop to ensure a healthy, stable and nutritious feed for your livestock.