WHAT IS SILAGE?
Silage is fermented, high-moisture fodder that can be fed to ruminants (cud-chewing animals like cattle and sheep) or used as a biofuel feedstock for anaerobic digesters.
It is fermented and stored in a process called ensiling or silaging, and is usually made from grass crops, including corn (maize) or sorghum or other cereals, using the entire green plant (not just the grain).
Silage can be made from many field crops, and special terms may be used depending on type (oatlage for oats, haylage for alfalfa ).
Silage is made either by placing cut green vegetation in a silo, or by piling it in a large heap covered with plastic sheet, or by wrapping large bales in plastic film.
Silage is covered in detail in the PASTURES SECTION of INFORMED FARMERS. Please click on the hyperlink in Blue to go directly to this Section.