Botulism in haylage/silage

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Re: Botulism in haylage/silage

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:13 pm

So, I'll ask. What determines the PH? I have been feeding baleage since it was probably first created. Don't want to jinx myself, but have we just been lucky? Like Silver said, we've baled it dripping wet and almost completely dry.
Edit: Feed analysis doesn't show PH.


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Re: Botulism in haylage/silage

Post by Lucky_P » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:22 pm

Fermentable carbohydrates (starches, sugars, mainly) are converted by bacteria to organic acids (lactic, propionic, butyric), lowering pH.
Inadequate carb levels or lack/loss of anaerobic conditions may result in pH not being lowered sufficiently to prevent germination of C.botulinum spores.

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Re: Botulism in haylage/silage

Post by Bigfoot » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:00 am

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