The financial numbers listed below are estimates that we developed.
You can adjust them any way you want to fit your particular situation.
We merely wanted to present them as a thinking point for the substantial
financial difference between bagged silage and competitive feed
outlines the reasons why we believe bagged silage is the best feed
program available for your cow herd. Bagged silage has clear
cut advantages for you in terms of feed quality, economical value,
management, and managing risk. We will summarize the financial
advantages demonstrated in the cost analysis sections of our website
as well as look at some advantages that are difficult to place a
value on. Feel free to contact us
if you are interested in experiencing the bagged silage advantage
or would like to learn more about this great system.
Cost for 1 Year
Cost Per Cow
you can see bagged silage is by far the best feed program from an
economic standpoint. This system is $5,518.95
cheaper than feeding round bales and $2,118.60
cheaper than square bales for a 100 cow herd. On a per cow
basis bagged silage is $55.19 cheaper
than round bales and $21.18 cheaper than
square bales. Keep in mind that you need to add your labor
bill to both the round and square bales analysis to compensate for
the multiple handling of bales. We are confident that you
will not find another feed program with the economic value and practicality
of bagged silage. This superior economic value coupled with
the points to consider listed below makes bagged silage a necessary
component of your successful cattle operation.
cost is difficult to measure. Not factored in is the extra
labor involved in handling hay multiple times. This ranges
from extra raking, moving hay, and the actual feeding process.
Producing corn silage is much, much faster as we have the capacity
to chop up to 200 tons of corn silage within one hour.
Provided no breakdowns occur and everything operates in a timely
manner, we can chop and bag corn silage in a very short time period.
We could realistically chop and bag one year's supply of
corn silage for 100 cows in a 4 - 5 hour time period.
is drastically minimized with corn silage. If it rains, instead
of raking again and reducing feed quality, we wait until the ground
is dry enough again for field work. I don't think
it's stepping out on a limb to say that the past several years have
not exactly stabilized our weather pattern. Rain
just simply shortly delays the continuation of the chopping and
bagging process. Quality control will remain relatively the
silage tonnage per acre can vary just like anything else.
However, I will take the relative stability of corn silage versus
hay every time. We all know that tons of hay per cutting can
drastically reduce as the season wears on.
cows have overwhelmingly come to prefer corn silage to hay.
Cows will finish the corn silage presented to them before moving
on to hay. The taste, smell, energy, and palatability of corn
silage makes it extremely appealing to the cow. Furthermore,
every herdsman's objective following calving is to put his or her
cows in the best possible body condition leading into breeding season.
There is no better way to accomplish this goal than through a corn
do the above points happen? You don't have the spoilage
during the storage process. University of Illinois data has
shown that you can have up to 40% waste with hay.
Whether it is being spoiled during storage or at the bale ring,
the waste still occurs.
are several ways to store silage - bagged, bunker, and in a vertical silo.
We believe bagged silage produces the best quality feed amongst
these three methods. This is achieved through storage.
Silage in a bag is sealed air tight and is packed evenly throughout
the entire bag. This allows a better fermentation process
to take place and eliminates exposure to outside environmental elements.
Vertical silos do not pack feed as uniform as bags and are expensive
to build and maintain. Existing vertical silos are still being
used which is very understandable. But, let's be realistic,
the building of new vertical silos is a practice of the past.
Bunkers are used as well to store silage. However, they cannot
replicate the absolute uniform packing of a bagging machine and
have substantially more exposure to environmental elements.
Spoilage, thus resulting in more waste, will occur wherever silage
was exposed to rain, water, air, and other elements. Furthermore,
university studies have shown that bunkers can result in
28 - 30% shrink or more on top of the spoilage that can occur.
The shrinkage is an invisible loss that is sometimes not accounted
for. The additional spoilage and shrinkage would require
30 - 35% more corn silage to achieve the same amount of quality
feed found in bagged silage. 99% percent of the time
the only waste you will have with bagged silage is what you spill
when loading it. We believe a fair calculation of all factors
in the various feeding programs will find bagged silage to have
the most economical value.
would take 60 acres to produce enough round bales for 100 cows in
a year's time and 49 acres for square bales. In comparison,
it would only take 23.25 acres of corn to produce enough corn silage
for that same group of cows. This translates into
approximately 26 - 37 additional acres available for either pasture
or grain production!
argue that one of the reasons they still use hay is because they
put the alfalfa on their marginal ground. We would counter
that with two points. First, there is a lot of marginal ground
in the countryside being used for grain production. Secondly,
if the land is that bad for adequate grain production, should it
be put into pasture? Widened cattle profit margins through
reduced feed cost and labor coupled with more available acres for
grain production will add more dollars to your financial bottom
are firm believers that bagged corn silage provides you better
feed quality at a more economical value. You will be pleasantly
surprised with your cow's improved performance and how much easier
chores will become for your operation. We would be happy to
discuss your individual situation - costs, labor, facilities,
etc. and help you determine why bagged silage is right for your
operation. Feel free to contact us
and we will be more than happy to be of assistance to you.