The importance of keeping forage in the best way

Do you know how important it is to store fodder well to ensure good nutrition for your animals?

Forages are the vegetable parts of plants that are used to feed herbivores, they can be given fresh or preserved to deal with periods of shortage.

One of the most used conservation methods is mechanized harvesting which consists in compressing the forage with square or round presses, in this way the deterioration of the product is avoided and its nutritional properties are maintained.

But to have a good result you need to know the humidity and temperature of the forage harvested well; in fact, these two parameters influence the quality and quantity of the final product.

The ideal humidity for the recommended collection varies from 15% to 20%.

If the forage is too wet, there is a risk of excessive fermentation and loss of nutrients, if it is too dry, there is a risk of poor quality with loss of weight and value.

The temperature of the harvested forage depends on the season and climatic conditions. In general, it is advisable to harvest the forage when the temperature is below 25°C, to avoid excessive fermentation of the plants and the loss of valuable substances such as sugars.

To evaluate the humidity and temperature of the forage harvested, special equipment can be used, such as thermometers or hygrometers, or laboratory analyzes can be carried out. This way you can optimize the harvesting process and obtain high-quality forage for your animals.

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