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Pressed pulp silage

Pressed pulp silage

Pressed sugar beet pulp is an energy-rich and very tasty "waste product" of sugar production. Pressed pulp has a high share of easy to digest carbohydrates, which are gradually and slowly digested in the rumen. Pressed pulp is a good addition to protein-rich grass silage.

Silage preparation

The pressed pulp, supplied in lorries, is silaged at temperatures of up to 50°C. The sugar has been removed from the pulp (residual sugar ca. 4-5%) and since the pulp has been pressed it contains relatively little water: dry matter approx. 22-26%. Pressed pulp silage cools down approx. 1°C a day. Such silages are not fed out until after four to six weeks.

Please observe the following basic principles for generating trouble-free pressed pulp silage:

  • Pay attention to hygiene when filling the silo to minimize the introduction of pollutants which may affect the silage quality
  • Refrain from intermediate storage of the pressed pulp, but start ensiling immediately after receiving the material from the sugar plant
  • Ensure good compaction and sealing of the silo, otherwise you will be laying the basis for secondary fermentation processes by creating ideal conditions for white and grey moulds
  • To prevent aerobic deterioration due to heating upon exposure we recommend working MAIZE KOFASIL GRANULAR or MAIZE KOFASIL LIQUID into the upper silo layer

Specifically pressed pulp silage offers optimum conditions for spreading MAIZE KOFASIL GRANULAR over the surface and rolling it into the upper layer.

Using pressed pulp as feed

Some 7 kg of dry matter (equal to approx. 30 kg of fresh matter) can be fed as part of the feed ration. Due to the structure of pressed pulp, it must be complemented by feed with a richer structure such a grass silage, hay or straw. Since fresh pressed pulp spoils very fast, it is hardly used as such. Well-fermented pressed pulp silage has an energy content of approx. 7.3 - 7.4 MJ NEL.