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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: IMPROVING NUTRIENT DIGESTIBILITY TO ENHANCE FORAGE UTILIZATION IN LACTATING DAIRY COW FEEDING SYSTEMS Title: Feedout losses from forage storage systems

Authors
item Clark, Jerry - UW EXT-CHIPPEWA FALLS
item Holmes, Brian - UW-MADISON
item Muck, Richard

Submitted to: University of Wisconsin Extension Family Living Website
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: May 16, 2008
Publication Date: May 16, 2008
Citation: Clark, J., Holmes, B.J., Muck, R.E. 2008. Feedout losses from forage storage systems. University of Wisconsin Extension Family Living Website.

Technical Abstract: Significant losses of forage can occur as forage is removed from storage and fed. Hay losses are affected by the type of feeder used. Losses from silage are also affected by the bulk density of the silage, feedout rate, smoothness of the removal face and the amount of loosened silage that is not fed immediately. Recommendations are made to minimize losses during emptying in bunker, bag and tower silos.

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