The quality of silage is easily determined


Boletin Verde 14: 10


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Colour, texture and smell are useful indicators of silage quality. The colour must be green, never brown; olive-green indicates good quality. Texture must be firm, since if it is weak the tissues have been broken down by undesirable fermentations. The smell should be fresh and slightly acidic like that of a ripe apple. Acidity is easily determined with indicator paper and some fluid squeezed from the silage. If the pH is between 3.8 and 4.2 then the quality is good. If the original material was partially dried in the field then a pH as high as 5.0 is satisfactory.