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Posted by Silage Agro Private Limited on 01/05/2020

Why Wheat Silage Is Essential for Cattles??

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Why Wheat Silage Is Essential for Cattles??

Wheat silage is one of the most consumed cereals for cows and buffalos in the world. Along with corn and rice, a situation that makes this food a basic ingredient for cattles. This is an outstanding feed for growing cattle. In fact, wheat silage is not a modern invention, but has been used in the past because of its properties and effectiveness.

Milling and preparing wheat for consumption of cattle

The wheat milling process is done to remove the endosperm from the grain which is the part of this food that gives rise to white flours. The grinding can also be done with the peel along with the endosperm to create the whole flours, which are thicker and have a higher nutritional value.

Dairy farmers are switching from oat silage to wheat silage, made from a special plant. It has no filaments on the cob, and is bringing benefits ranging from cattle health to productivity. Wheat silage appears as the food base for cow and buffaloes cattle. For beef cattle, wheat can replace corn as the main roughage. It is necessary to balance the quantity of the cereal so that the cow does not lose its productive capacity due to the deficiency of other nutrients. 

What is the advantage of using wheat silage?

The great advantage of using wheat silage is the fact that it is a winter crop, which will not compete with summer crops, such as soybeans, corn and beans. Thus, the opportunity arises to produce silage during the off-season, when there is usually an area available for this. Some strength can be observed, such as-

  • Wheat silage is an energy feed that can replace corn silage, both for dairy cattle and beef cattle.
  • It is possible to make direct cutting: in just one operation, cutting, chopping, transportation and compaction are performed.
  • Compared to other crops such as barley, this makes them support another drought.
  • Greater health, requiring less application of fungicides and tolerating a lower quality soil than barley, which requires more.
  • It reduces the risk of food deficit for the herd.
  • Alternative of preserved food in times of food shortage.
  • High nutritional value due to the relationship in the production of grains and biomass.
  • Remains with green cover during the winter period, helping to control weeds, pests and diseases, in addition to reducing the risks of erosion.

Thus, it is important for the producer to consider all these factors to see if its use fits the objectives. Its cost will be slightly higher than corn. It is possible that the benefits of these two crops (soy in the summer and wheat in the winter) outweigh the benefits of making corn silage in the summer and pasture in the winter.

Conclusion: Nutritional characteristics of wheat Silage

An interesting nutritional characteristic of wheat silage is its high concentration of dietary fibres. It helps in the regulation of intestinal activity, in the control of glycaemia and the volume of fat in the blood. It also acts in increasing the feeling of satiety - which helps to control appetite of cattle.

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