Te Awamutu

System Type: 4
Last Update:
08 October 2021

DairyNZ Comment:

08 Oct 2021
  • Silage is pickled pasture. When pasture is ensiled, its sugars are converted into lactic acid when oxygen is not available. It is the lactic acid which pickles the pasture, allowing it to be preserved for a lot longer than it would have been if left in the open air. Good rolling, compaction and covering is vital in this process.

    To achieve good fermentation cut in the morning of a sunny day, for rapid wilting. Cutting after 1-2 days of sunny weather will result in good sugar levels in the pasture, even when cut in the morning. Avoid wilting for any more than 24 hours. Compact the silage well. In a stack or pit, use the heaviest wheeled vehicle available. Tractor wheels should not sink into the pile of pasture any further than the depth of rubber. Seal the stack completely with a weighted, airtight cover. For baled silage make sure that a high-density baler is used.

    For more information on grass silage check out the supplements section of the  DairyNZ website — www.dairynz.co.nz/feed/supplements/grass-silage/



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  • Date Collected

    08 Oct 2021

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    78 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2480 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    42 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    100 %

  • MS/cow

    2.14 kgs

  • MS/ha

    7.62 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    585 kgs

  • Rotation

    25 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    131 kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    73 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    4 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    756 kgs/cow

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    3.59 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME