Silage vs. Soilage

By Jaxson

  • Silage

    Silage is fermented, high-moisture stored fodder which can be fed to cattle, sheep and other such ruminants (cud-chewing animals) or used as a biofuel feedstock for anaerobic digesters. It is fermented and stored in a process called ensilage, ensiling or silaging, and is usually made from grass crops, including maize, sorghum or other cereals, using the entire green plant (not just the grain). Silage can be made from many field crops, and special terms may be used depending on type: oatlage for oats, haylage for alfalfa; but see below for the different British use of the term haylage.

    Silage is made by one or more of the following methods: placing cut green vegetation in a silo or pit; piling the vegetation in a large heap and compressing it down so as to purge as much oxygen as possible, then covering it with a plastic sheet; or by wrapping large round bales tightly in plastic film.

  • Silage (noun)

    Fermented green forage fodder stored in a silo.

  • Silage (verb)

    To ensilage.

  • Soilage (noun)

    Forage feed cut and fed to animals while still fresh.

  • Silage (noun)

    grass or other green fodder compacted and stored in airtight conditions, typically in a silo, without first being dried, and used as animal feed in the winter.

  • Silage (verb)

    make silage

    “they do 1500 acres of contract silaging each year”

  • Silage (verb)

    preserve (grass and other green fodder) as silage.

Oxford Dictionary

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