Local Land Services offers webinars on how farmers can make silage

WEBINAR SERIES: Local Land Services to host four part series to help producers decide whether to make silage and how to do it. Photo: SUPPLIED
WEBINAR SERIES: Local Land Services to host four part series to help producers decide whether to make silage and how to do it. Photo: SUPPLIED

With recent rain, some farmers may have an unusual problem of having too much feed for their livestock, so silage may be the answer.

Local Land Services is hosting a four-part series of free webinars to help producers decide whether to make silage and how to do it, including storage in underground pits.

NSW Department of Primary Industries livestock research officer John Piltz will be the guest speaker on the webinars.

He explained that silage is a form of conserving forage which involves natural fermentation.

"Silage can be cut earlier in spring and provides more flexibility and higher quality than hay if done correctly," he said.

"It will generally keep indefinitely while it remains sealed and anaerobic or oxygen-free so it's really important to pack the forage to remove and keep out air."

The webinars will cover forage quality and how it impacts silage quality and livestock production as well as mowing, wilting, harvesting, storage and feeding out of silage.

Participants will receive practical, step-by-step advice in an accessible online environment.

The four webinars will be run weekly on Tuesdays from August 4.

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