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Effects of conservation method and stage of maturity on the feeding value of forages to dairy cows 4. effect of wilting on silage quality digestibility and milk production at restricted feeding of silage



Effects of conservation method and stage of maturity on the feeding value of forages to dairy cows 4. effect of wilting on silage quality digestibility and milk production at restricted feeding of silage



Swedish Journal of Agricultural Research 20(3): 135-140



Silages were produced from unwilted grass and pre-wilted grass with the addition of formic acid at ensiling. The silages had 26.4 and 38.6% DM respectively with higher water soluble carbohydrate contents in the wilted silage. Digestibility trials with sheep revealed lower organic matter, protein and energy disgestibilities for the wilted silages. The same tendency was also found in digestibility trials with cows. The silages were fed to producing dairy cows during their first 20 weeks of lactation. When the cows were fed the same amount (8 kg DM) of unwilted or wilted silage they had the same milk production. Increasing the allotment of wilted silage to 11 kg DM gave tendencies for lower milk production and significantly lower fed conversion ratio.

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