A lot have been said about preserving animal feeds for future use so as to attain a healthy production curve all throughout the season. However, only few talk about the methods and techniques in preserving the feeds optimally. Feeds preservation is a topic that rings in many livestock farmers all over South Australia.
When it comes to feeds preservation, there is so much to consider to ensure that the feeds are preserved/stored in the right way to remain nutritious for a long time. Experts recommend that the first thing should be to know how long you need to conserve your feeds and choose the most effective preservation method. Then after knowing a particular time frame, you should be aware of the best time to harvest your feeds for preservation. It sometimes depends on the type of feeds you wish to conserve. For example, if you are preserving grass, the stage of harvesting is not the same as when you are preserving wheat or maize remains. You need to consult experts to know the right time to do the harvesting.
After getting an insight on how and when to harvest the feeds that you want to preserve for future use, the next big thing is to decide on the preservation method. Many methods can be used to preserve animal feeds. It depends on the availability of funds, space, and also how long you wish to protect the feeds. Also, the choice of the preservation method will also depend on the farming practice that the farmer is doing. For example, the method adopted by a large scale farmer will probably not be the same to that of a small scale farmer. There are several primary preservation methods when it comes to preserving animal feeds.
A farmer can decide to adapt the method of silage pits, hay making, silos or take advantage of a net wrap to preserve the feeds. Silage pits can be effective if the farmer practices small scale farming. It has a disadvantage since it is costly and a slight damage of the content can make the farmer lose all the feeds due to rotting.
The use of hay making is both efficient to large and small scale farmers. The major drawback is that a lot of storage space is required to avoid rain damage. A farmer has an advantage by using this method because he can sell surplus feeds unlike when h/she uses silage pits.
The use of silos is an efficient method, but if not done correctly, rotting can occur if air gets its way inside. It is not effective for large scale farmer as it is expensive due to transportation expenses incurred.
The best, practical, and affordable method of animal feeds preservation the use of net wrap. This product is very effective because of its properties which solve the issues of storage space. It is waterproof, UV resistant, and tear proof which means the wrapped bales can be left on the farm and the feeds will retain their nutritional value. It is an effective method for both large scale and small scale farmers. The product is inexpensive and can be purchased online and delivered anywhere in SA.