Silage allows you to store high quality feed for extended periods until you need it, years or even decades in the future, giving you more options to finish or maintain livestock, no matter what the season.
Many livestock producers are turning to Lallemand Animal Nutrition, a leading Australian provider of silage inoculants, sealing systems for expert technical advice.
Lallemend has been involved in the Australian livestock industry since the early 1990s and has helped livestock producers develop forage-based feeding systems all over Australia and in various parts of Asia.
Whether you’re considering silage in bales, stacks or pits, Lallemand has the expertise to help future-proof your livestock operation, offering an integrated silage production and feeding approach regardless of whether the silage is made to be fed immediately or stored for the long term.
Growing or contract growing your own fodder may present a better long-term solution for many livestock producers in managing feed inventory and costs, according to David Lewis technical services manager for Lallemand.
David noted that the current drought is a compelling reminder for livestock producers to continually focus on their longer-term feeding strategies.
“A lot of livestock producers think that feeding silage is purely in the domain of feedlots or large dairies with their own cropping programmes.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. Silage made from irrigated or dryland crops forms the backbone of hundreds of feeding systems in dairy, beef and sheep enterprises throughout Australia.
“Livestock producers are using baled silage through to large bulk silage systems. It really comes down to developing a silage system that meets the needs of each situation from drought reserves through to high level production.”
“Some are using silage in their weaning programmes to make sure heifers and mature breeders achieve critical mating weights and body condition scores, respectively, which can have a positive impact on the lifelong profitability of your herd.
“For others, silage is part of an intensive production system for milk and meat and functions as a reserve to sustain production or maintain precious genetic base during bad years to limit destocking,” Mr Lewis said.
“Many beef producers are also increasingly using silage in their backgrounding or finishing programmes to make sure their steers achieve market specifications and leave the property on time.
Although the majority of silage produced is consumed within 12 to 18 months, many people forget that silage can be stored for 10, 20 or even 30 years and managed with a long-term view as a drought management strategy.
Lallemand offers a full range of products and services relating to silage production, management, nutrition and training.
The company has six technical consultants based in regional Australia working with hundreds of dairy, beef and sheep producers, along with backgrounders and feedlot operators.