Importance of Compaction
This is not only to create the anaerobic conditions necessary for a good fermentation but, also, to prevent heating and aerobic spoilage when the clamp is opened.
The SilaPactor gives that extra edge to silage compaction, helping to create a more stable clamp.
Independent trials have shown that the better the compaction the lower the losses due to poor fermentation. In addition, a well compacted silage face is more stable and less prone to heating because air is inhibited from penetrating as far into the silage mass. This helps to prevent the proliferation of yeasts and moulds.
Reducing Dry Matter Losses with Better Compaction
Increasing density from 224kg DM/ m3 to 288kg DM/m3 not only increases the amount of dry matter retained, but also creates a 45% saving in space needed. (J. Conway 2008)
One of the most vulnerable areas of the silage clamp is the shoulders, due to the difficulty of being able to establish good compaction. The standard SilaPactor, at 3m wide and weighing 4 tonnes, allows rolling right to the edges of the clamp walls, making it easier to reach and consolidate the forage in these areas – again, helping to reduce dry matter losses. A 4m version weighing 6 tonnes is also available.
Benefits of Using a SilaPactor
Air is highly destructive to the silage clamp and will negatively impact the quality of your feedstock. The SilaPactor’s ability to remove air from the clamp helps to protect the feedstock and results in several additional benefits too:
- Increases compaction by up to 40%
- Reduced dry matter losses
- Improved fermentation
- Helps to create a stable clamp
- Improves resultant feedstock quality
- Able to compact silage right up to the edges
- Saves on time and fuel – fewer passes needed on the clamp
- Reduced space needed to store feedstock – lower capital investment in clamps
- Enables production of a better-quality feedstock, able to produce more methane
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“The maize operation is all about methane gas. The better the compaction, the better the quality of silage we produce and the more methane gas we get out. Walking behind the SilaPactor on the silage clamp the firmness is there to be seen, producing a much better, denser crop, with minimal air presence.”
Mark Wells, Director – Symonds Farm Power, Bury St Edmunds.