Quality pasture silage - five easy steps

Making and feeding high quality pasture silage with lower fibre levels encourages higher feed intakes and better cow performance.

You can make quality pasture silage by:

  1. Cutting early in the season
  2. Quickly wilting and harvesting
  3. Compacting stacks and making bales as compact as possible
  4. Sealing airtight as soon as possible
  5. Repairing holes immediately

topfodder silage notes

The following silage notes are part of a series produced for the TopFodder Silage initiative, a joint initiative of Dairy Australia and NSW Department of Primary Industries, which aims to improve the quality of silage produced on Australian farms.

Selecting pastures and crops for silage production

Silage can be produced either from crops grown specifically to harvest as silage, or from pastures or forage crops when there is a genuine surplus of forage that cannot be grazed.

For more information, refer to the 'Selecting pastures and crops for silage production - note no.4'.

Factors affecting the quality and quantity of forage harvested for silage

Forage quality and quantity are both important in determining the profitability of animal production from silage.

For more information, refer to the 'Factors affecting the quality and quantity of forage harvested for silage - note no.5'.

Storage options for chopped silage

There is a wide range of storage options suitable for chopped silage. These range from relatively inexpensive buns or stacks to concrete bunkers requiring high capital investment.

For more information, refer to the 'Storage options for chopped silage - note no.10'.

Download the 'Quality pasture silage' guide.

Making high quality silage 

  • Cut pastures early
  • Wilt quickly and harvest as soon as possible
  • Compact forage as densely as possible
  • Seal quickly and well to exclude air
  • Repair holes immediately using specific silage tape