16 May 1997

Check wet clamps

BE prepared to empty silage effluent tanks and check covers regularly after clamping wet silage.

David Roberts, head of dairying at the SACs Crichton Royal farm, says that where producers are forced to cut wet silage to avoid compromising quality then good clamp management is vital.

"It is more difficult to make good wet silage, so pit management is important. The clamp must be well sealed as soon as possible. Check pit shoulders regularly to ensure they remain sealed as the clamp will sink when a lot of effluent is produced."

Be equipped to deal with effluent, he warns. "The tank may not be big enough. Where that is the case, be prepared to empty it as often as necessary." &#42