Silage mit Kartoffeldampfschalen abdecken

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Joost van de Wijgert
Joost van de Wijgert
Product Manager Ruminants
Co-products
26 April 2022
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Es wird Frühling und damit beginnt die Erntezeit. Es ist nicht nur wichtig, dass man qualitativ hochwertiges Futter einsiliert, das Futter muss auch gut gelagert werden und seinen Wert behalten. In einer guten Silage bleibt der Nährwert des Futters bestmöglich erhalten. Um diesen Nährwert beizubehalten, wird die Silage häufig mit einer „drückenden“ luftdichten Schicht abgedeckt (beispielsweise Silofolie mit Sand oder Autoreifen). Für diesen Zweck kann man jedoch auch ein anderes Futtermittel verwenden: Kartoffeldampfschalen. Kartoffeldampfschalen sind sehr gut dafür geeignet, die Silage ohne viel Arbeit abzudecken.

Arbeitserleichterung

Eine Siloabdeckung mit Kartoffeldampfschalen hat große arbeitswirtschaftliche Vorteile. Die Dampfschalen werden einmalig von unserem Fahrer über die Silage gespritzt. Danach muss die Silage nicht weiter mit Sand, Autoreifen oder anderen Abdichtungen abgedeckt werden. Das spart nicht nur viel Arbeit beim Einsilieren, sondern auch bei der Futterentnahme. Man muss nämlich nicht erst Sand oder Reifen entfernen, da das Futter direkt zugänglich ist.

 

Do you want to cover your silage with potato steam peels? Joost is happy to explain the process to you!

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What are the advantages for the silage?

Reduced pH value

The acids that can be found in potato steam peels will lower your silage’s pH value quicker. This makes buying expensive silage agents virtually unnecessary. Lowering the pH value of the silage will improve its preservation. This will limit the development opportunities of undesirable micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi. In turn, this will ensure that there is less mould and spoilage, which will have a positive impact on the nutritional values. 

Preventing high humidity levels

High humidity levels can significantly reduce the quality of the feed. It has a negative impact on the dry matter content of the silage, the taste and the digestibility of the feed. This will result in a lower feed value and feed intake. High humidity levels occur when yeasts and acetic acid bacteria become active in the silage.  These organisms can become active when there is a presence - and continued flow - of oxygen in the silage. It is therefore important to properly roll over the silage as this increases the density and reduces the presence of oxygen. Covering the silage is also crucial. Potato steam peels are very suitable for this. The potato steam peels form an airtight layer over the silage. The weight of this airtight layer also creates the necessary additional pressure on the silage. But above all, the lower pH value limits the possibilities for undesirable micro-organisms to develop, which means that humidity and heating of the silage is greatly reduced or even prevented. Additional silage agents are therefore often no longer necessary. 

Extra starch in the feed 

Potato steam peels are a starchy product. By covering the silage with potato steam peels, you can add starch to your feed without having to use any extra storage facilities. To easily remove the peels, the potatoes are steamed. The steam treatment ensures that the starch is properly broken down and becomes an easily digestible source of energy.  

cover silage with potatos steam peelings

 

In short

All in all, using potato steam peels ensures a better use of your feed by means of a higher nutritional value and less feed loss because of humidity. Not to mention, the tasty product is labour efficient as you do not have to do anything extra when adding or taking out silage. 

 

 

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Are you curious about the possibilities for your silage? Get in touch with Joost!


Joost van de Wijgert
Product Manager Ruminants
jvdwijgert@looop.company
+316 53 19 21 89

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