Grass to Silage

Asked November 10, 2013, 9:47 AM EST

My first winter on round bale silage. Looking to switch from Grass to silage soon. Hoping not to upset their diet. Need some advice along those lines.

Schuylkill County Pennsylvania

3 Responses

Sudden changes in rations can upset the digestive system of cattle. When transitioning from pasture to silage it is best to gradually change the diet over 2 to 3 weeks. As you begin the transition, offer the cattle about 25% of the silage (on a dry matter bases) that you plan to feed in the final ration. Feed silage before turning out on pasture. Allow about 3 to 5 days to adjust and then increase silage to 50% of the final diet. Once cows have adjusted to the 50% silage ration, increase to 75% and finally the full ration. Generally allow 3 to 5 days at each feeding level, but observe cattle performance and adjust accordingly.

Thank You, Mathew H. just exactly the information I was looking for.