Silostop, worldwide developers of unique oxygen barrier films, is launching an eye-catching gold silage wrap film for sheep and goat farmers, designed to stop the entry of oxygen into any baled silage crops.
The film’s unique ability to be 100 times more effective at limiting oxygen entry into silage – when compared to conventional PE plastic film – makes it a must for producers worried about the quality of the forage being fed to their stock.
Listeriosis is a disease often fatal to both sheep and goats – caused by the growth of listeria bacteria once silage has a pH of 6 or above, often as a result of the slow ingress of oxygen into the silage over time.
“The unique oxygen barrier properties of Silostop film prevent air from entering pit silage, so the pH remains at 4 or below, thus reducing listeria bacteria growth,” says Jennifer Hitchman, technical manager, Silostop.
Aerobic spoilage of silage has been shown to reduce forage intake in goats by at least a third – leading to reduced milk and meat yield, at a time when challenging margins mean farmers need to be able to make the most of every litre or kg.
“Improved palatability is key,” she adds. “The more palatable, the more forage is eaten, with this in turn leading to greater production.”
While the product is UV stable, it is advisable that bales, or pit silage, is protected from physical damage with Silostop open net, a weaved cover, placed over the film – this is predominantly to prevent any physical damage to the plastic.
Other products in the range, which are all suitable for sheep and goats, include the company’s unique oxygen barrier film for covering silage clamps, Silostop wall film, and Silostop gravel bags/Silomats, used as a weighting system for sealing silage clamps.
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