The point in ensiling is to exclude air. There is a different fermentation process when air is exluded. That keeps it from rotting or molding. Also silage odor is a thing that is defintely unique and takes some getting used to.
Thanks. Watching our neighbors do
> both hay and silage had got me to
> Now, here's my biggest question.
> What about mold and such? You're
> putting away a wet material - then
> covering it so it doesn't dry. How
> can that be a good thing? It
> boggles my mind that mold and
> other things don't grow in the
> silage, and if it does - doesn't
> that have a negative effect on the
> I guess that's been my biggest
> question. I know that the hay
> loses nutritional value depending
> on how it's cut, when it's cut,
> how long it's left to dry and all.
> But I also know that moldy hay
> isn't a good thing for most
> animals and some get downright
> sick from it. So I'm baffled.
> Thanks for your quick response.
> I'm learning and I like that.