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Maturity stage and degree of wilting as factors influencing ensilability of grass

, : Maturity stage and degree of wilting as factors influencing ensilability of grass. Agrarforschung 3(4): 161-164

In an experiment using a 1.5-litre laboratory silo, medium (about 30% DM) wilted forage from a botanically balanced sown pasture was ensiled on 3 dates from the end of April to the end of May. At the latest cutting date (perennial ryegrass fully into ear), grass was also ensiled unwilted (19% DM) or highly wilted (42% DM). The grass from the early cut gave good quality fermentation and a relatively low gaseous loss in the silo.

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