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Rape silage

Rape

Rape enables very tasty silage to be produced with an energy content of between 6.5 and 6.7 MJ NEL (depending on the harvesting period; young and rich in leaves: 6.7, or older and rich in stems: 6.5 MJ NEL). However, it often contains undesirable ingredients (glucosinolates), which can affect the milk taste and animals' health, specifically if large volumes are eaten.


Silage preparation

A further problem can be the severe pollution of the leaves which boosts the production of undesired butyric acids. This can be overcome with the use of KOFASIL LIQUID. The recommended dosing volume - just like with alfalfa - is 3 litres per ton of fresh matter. There is one more technical problem that needs to be taken into account here: If coarsely chopped, rape can only be brought together to form a silo heap. Here, in the initial phase the covering wrap is only pulled over temporarily, until the heap has settled. This form of silage gives off lots of silage effluent within 24 hours, which must then be collected and disposed of. The silage heap will shrink very much and can then be covered carefully, as customary when silaging.

It is mainly this creation of great volumes of silage effluent which has severely diminished the use of these intercrops for silaging in recent years.