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Silage for the ewes - just what the doctor ordered?

Key points

  • Pasture silage is generally cheaper than hay and is usually a higher quality feed
  • Breeding ewes readily eat ryegrass-white clover silage
  • Silage intake can be increased by wilting and/or chopping before ensiling
  • Baleage is a convenient form of silage
  • Good ewe liveweight gain can be achieved on pasture silage
  • Silage supplementation has a 'pasture sparing' effect, and helps with feed planning by reducing over-grazing of pastures
  • Improvements in wool growth can occur and if silage is used as a flushing feed, lambing percentages can be improved.

For further information please download the attached PDF Silagefortheewes.pdf