FORAGE crops must be ensiled rapidly and compacted well to achieve an immediate anaerobic environment, says Dr Tim Keady, from the Hillsborough Research Institute, Northern Ireland.
• Checking the silo for leaks and sealing these where necessary.
• Ensiling the crop clean, free from soil and slurry.
• Securing an effective seal by using separate plastic sheets which come 50% down each silo wall.
• Filling the pit as rapidly as possible.