How do I choose my silage film?

Thursday 17 August 2017

How do I choose my silage film?

  1. Will Silostop film do the job? Yes!

Silostop oxygen barrier film:

  1. Prevents oxygen from entering the silage

  2. Reduces shrink (invisible loss) and top spoilage (visible loss). See next page

  3. Is robust and resistant to physical damage

  4. Promotes safety - less spoiled silage to discard - less personnel on silo

  1. Will I get a return on my investment? Yes!

    1. Trial results show Silostop will give 8% more dry matter in the top layer compared with conventional polyethylene film, worth £1 per square metre of top surface. This is a 3 to 4-fold return on investment in Silostop.

    2. I will save labour by having less waste silage to discard.

  1. Will my silage be higher quality? Yes!

SILOSTOP oxygen barrier film gives:

  1. Better silage fermentation profile in top layer

  2. Enhanced aerobic stability of top layer during feed-out

  3. Lower mould counts

  4. Lower levels of mycotoxins

  5. Lower counts of butyric acid bacteria spores

  1. Will I get higher output? Yes!

    1. More milk per kg of diet dry matter consumed

    2. Potentially higher weight gains

    3. Potentially more biogas per tonne of crop ensiled

  1. Will my milk be higher quality? Yes!

    1. Higher silage intake means more forage in the diet and potentially higher milk fat

    2. Lower butyric acid bacterial spores in silage gives lower counts in milk and higher quality cheese

  1. Will my livestock be healthier? Yes!

Lower risk of:

  1. Acidosis

  2. Mycosis and mycotoxicosis

  3. Ketosis

  4. Bacterial endotoxicosis

  5. Listeriosis

  6. Digestive upsets and off-feed animals

How do you choose your silage film?

  • Price per square metre or

  • High quality, effectiveness and efficient service?

 The Best is the Cheapest in the End

Silostop is proven to be the best silage film in the world

12 peer-reviewed research papers in scientific journals, 31 communications to scientific meetings.

Silostop oxygen barrier (OB) film, researched worldwide for over ten years, consistently improves silage quality and increases profit.

Compared to conventional polyethylene (PE) film, Silostop:

  1. Reduces top layer loss, shrinkage and inedible waste silage during storage, especially near the sides of the silo or pile.

  2. Reduces total loss from baled silage during storage.

  3. Increases aerobic stability of silage in the top layer of the silo during feed-out.

  4. Improves hygienic quality of silage at feed-out through reduced counts of yeasts, moulds and mycotoxins; prevents butyric acid spore formation.

  5. Improves animal health and productivity by improving silage top layer quality and reducing risk of mycotoxicosis.

  6. Gives a positive net return on investment.

 Losses during storage and aerobic stability: Average results from a peer-reviewed meta-analysis of comparisons worldwide between Silostop and standard polyethylene film:

  Number of trials Conventional PE film Silostop OB film
Bunkers and piles      
  Average loss of dry matter in top layer (% of crop ensiled) 41 19.5 11.4
  Average inedible dry matter in top layer (% of total DM ensiled) 5 10.7 3.0
  Average aerobic stability of top layer silage (hours1) 11 75.3 134.5
Bales      
Average total loss of DM(% of crop ensiled) 10 7.7 4.6
         

1 Hours to 2oC rise in temperature above ambient. All trials were with maize silage

(Source: Wilkinson JM and Fenlon JS 2014. Grass and Forage Science, 69, 385-392)

 Silostop Orange vs Conventional polyethylene cling film as underlay films beneath white on black top film covers for whole crop maize ensiled in 10,000-tonne capacity bunker silos. Average results from 3 trials in the People’s Republic of China:

Underlay film

Polyethylene

(50 μm)

Silostop Orange

(45 μm)

Loss of organic matter from top 45 cm layer (% of OM ensiled)

23.2

16.9

Net economic benefit to Silostop1

(£/tonne ensiled)

 

0.4

1Value of additional silage from reduced top layer loss less the additional cost of Silostop. Applies to the entire tonnage ensiled

(Source:  Wang, K et al., 2017.  Grass and Forage Science DOI: 10.1111/gfs.12283)

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