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An economic comparison of timothy harvested as hay direct cut silage or wilted silage



An economic comparison of timothy harvested as hay direct cut silage or wilted silage



Canadian Agricultural Engineering 24(1): 15-18



A computer model was used to compare 3 modes of harvesting and storing timothy: direct-cut silage, wilted silage and hay. Hay was the most profitable of the harvest modes for 40-, 80- and 120-cow herds when 2 cuts of timothy were taken, in the circumstances where land was not a constraint. In the situation where land was a constraint (the area available on which to grow forage could not be increased) and the herd size could be increased to consume all the forage available, the silage systems were more profitable than the hay system, with direct-cut silage being more profitable than wilted silage. If both land and herd size were constraining the expansion of the dairy farm, the hay system would be the most profitable one.

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