How to feed red clover silage

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Hi everyone, I am small bio farm and this is first year we try to feed clover silage. I have being feed them for 2 months now but they really don’t like it. A lot of waste food everyday. I wonder any trick to inspire them to eat more silage?
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Hi everyone, I am small bio farm and this is first year we try to feed clover silage. I have being feed them for 2 months now but they really don’t like it. A lot of waste food everyday. I wonder any trick to inspire them to eat more silage?
Thank you.
How wet is the silage? If it's changed or for wetter that can throw them off.
Try feeding them some dry hay. Cattle don't like overly wet feed. A little dry stuff will help keep their gut right.
 

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Go take a sniff, and taste it yourself. If it's not all that appealing, you're going to have to blend with grass hay, or force them to eat it. Can be they aren't use to it, or don't have a taste for it, even though it's just fine smell/taste wise. Only feeding what they need, or not feeding till they clean it up, is the best route. Little drizzle of molasses might also help get them interested.
 

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I don't know about that if you don't like it theory. I fed a lot of haylage. Some smelled of alcohol or tobacco. They slicked it right up. Some stunk so bad it would turn your stomach. Set it out thinking they won't eat it. The next morning it is all gone just like the good smelling stuff.
 

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Go take a sniff, and taste it yourself.
When I was a teen, my job was to fork it out of the silo, then fork it into a wheelbarrow, and then take it down the feed way to dump it so the cows could eat. That was my routine for a couple of hours every evening after school in the winter. ( at least I was able to plug in a radio)

My point is, I loved chewing on the fermented corn while I was doing it.
 

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I fed red clover silage bales last year and it was always the last thing they ate. They'd get hungry enough and eat it but I eneded up selling half of it because they didn't seem to like it.
 
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I don't know about that if you don't like it theory. I fed a lot of haylage. Some smelled of alcohol or tobacco. They slicked it right up. Some stunk so bad it would turn your stomach. Set it out thinking they won't eat it. The next morning it is all gone just like the good smelling stuff.
Yeah silage is like alcohol. Maybe that the case.
 

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