Baleage, also known as haylage, has become an interesting alternative to silage or hay for many farmers. This type of feed has turned out to be a particularly good option for horses or such small ruminants as sheep, goats or game. However, the challenge of producing baleage should not be underestimated. You should not make the attempt unless you are already comfortable making regular silage.
Produces of haylage often resort to using rye grass. This member of the grass family is particularly well tolerated by horses. What is more, the baleage process converts this grass into a feed with a low fructane concentration, which adds another element that is beneficial to the animals’ digestion.
The feature that distinguishes baleage from conventional silage is its higher dry matterconcentration. Baleage generally possesses a dry matter concentration in excess of 50 %, while the concentration in regular silage only ranges between 30 and 40 %.
Pivotal to baleage production is picking the right moment to mow. Crude fiber feed and feed that is mowed too late is a poor choice for haylage as the coarse portions of the stems prevent an airtight seal inside the haylage bale, allowing air to promote post-heating and the formation of mold.
An essential rule to observe is to pay attention to a high degree of compression, followed up by 6-8 layers of layers of film to wrap the bale.
Why make the switch from hay to baleage?
The production of premium quality hay hinges not only on the quality of the input material but also on the weather conditions. Hay selected for storage should have a dry matter concentration of at least 85 % in order to prevent the formation of mold and the frequently hazardous heating of the feed. Naturally, one of the key advantages of haylage is the reduced drying time required on the field, which reduces the risks associated with the weather conditions.
G-1 F125 Kombi – the dependable machine for baleage production
The baler-wrapper combination G-1 F125 Kombi by Göweil is a machine that is equally perfect for baleage and silage production. The machine is a baler and a wrapper rolled into one. The advantage of this combination is the ability to wrap the bales immediately, thereby keeping any ingress of air at a minimum.
Fitted with 30 twin-blade reversible knives, the cutting unit of the baler delivers unparalleled cutting quality and contributes to the best possible feed compaction.
What is more, the G-1 F125 Kombi comes standard with wide film binding.
A bale that is bound with wide film is substantially more compact and dense than a bale bound in net material (about 5-7 cm smaller in diameter and about 126 less air per bale). Chief among the benefits of the improved exclusion of air is the effective prevention of mold formation. The additional film layers also provide better protection against damage during transport.
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