Start Date: Jun 01, 2014
End Date: Sep 30, 2017
The existing leaf stripper will be modified to improve field performance under variable growing conditions. An enhanced design of the equipment will improve performance and reliability, and lower operating costs. Different storage options will be evaluated to determine optimal practices that ensure high-quality alfalfa leaf fractions at feed out, preserving protein, and minimizing chances for clostridial fermentation. Alternative methods of handling the bulkier stem fraction will be examined to prevent spoilage waste during storage.