Targets for cereal and lucerne silage

Table 8: Target values for whole crop cereal silage 
Factor measured Target values
Drymatter % - Flag leaf/boot 32 - 40%
                   - Soft dough stage 36 - 42%
Metabolisable energy (MJME/kgDM) Greater than 10
Crude protein (%) 7 - 10%
Drymatter digestibility (%) Greater than 60 - 70%
pH 4.0
Ammonia N (% of total N) 5 - 8
Table 9: Targets for lucerne silage17
Factor measured Target values
Drymatter % 30 - 40%
Metabolisable energy (MJME/kgDM) 10 - 11.5%
Crude protein (%) 20%
ADF (%DM) 30
NDF (%DM) 40
pH Less than
Lactic acid (%DM) Greater than 2%
Ammonia N (% of total N) Less than 15%

 

17Seglar, W. 2003. Fermentation analysis and silage quality testing. Proceedings of the Minnesota Dairy Health Conference College of Veterinary Medicine. University of Minnesota.