Producing and preserving high quality feed is very important which is why CHS Larsen Cooperative is now offering silage covers. The feed department now has a new offering Raven silage covers as well as continues to offer a great selection of forage inoculants.
Raven silage covers are leading the way by incorporating the latest technology to help our customers preserve the highest nutritional value from their silage. A silage cover needs to protect your pile from air and water intrusion and by selecting the highest value cover upfront; you end up with reduced dry matter losses and maximum feed freshness.
Their silage covers are designed with the end user in mind to provide the most value for your dollar. Raven FeedFresh® and SealFresh™ oxygen barrier silage covers are manufactured with premium grade resins to provide the strongest, most tear resistant silage covers available. Raven manufacturers three silage cover solutions to optimally meet customers’ performance needs: premium FeedFresh® reinforced oxygen barrier (1-step install); SealFresh non-reinforced oxygen barrier (2-step system); and FeedPro-G™ non-reinforced economy (1-step install) cover.
Industry leading barrier technology makes FeedFresh® and SealFresh™ oxygen-barriers the covers-of-choice for maximum forage freshness. Raven FeedPro-G™ non-reinforced black/white silage cover is our third option providing extra-large sizes at an economical price point by integrating recycled resin in the core.
- FeedFresh® (1-Step Cover) – String-Reinforced 7 mil Oxygen Barrier Silage Cover. ▪ Superior Tear and Puncture Resistance ▪ Lowest OTR on the market at 0.98 CC/M²/DAY ▪ 18-Month Outdoor Longevity
- SealFresh™ (2-Step Cover System) – Step #1 – Non-reinforced 2 mil Clear Oxygen Multi-Layer Barrier. Step #2 – Dura♦Skrim® 6 mil black/white string-reinforced outer cover. ▪ High Strength & Puncture Resistance ▪ Lowest 2-Step OTR at 1.6 CC/M²/DAY ▪ Accordion-Folded for Quick Deployment
- FeedPro-G™ Silage Cover – Tri-layer 5 mil film with premium grade outer layers and recycled resins in the core. ▪ Extra Large Tarp Sizes Available ▪ High Tear and Puncture Strength ▪ Blocks Light Transmission
When feeding forage you want to provide a superior feed to your cattle. As most farmers already know using a good forage inoculant will help you keep that feed well preserved. Inoculants are used for two primary reasons. First, is to stimulate or ensure a rapid, more efficient fermentation (by producing fermentation aids, which for a rapid pH drop means predominantly lactic acid), which helps avoid bad (e.g. clostridial, enterobacterial) fermentations. The second reason is to inhibit aerobic spoilage (spoilage inhibitors).
Fermentation aids generally contain efficient (homofermentative) lactic acid- producing bacteria (LAB) and are mainly used on low dry matter (DM) forage crops that can have low concentrations of fermentable carbohydrates and high inherent buffering capacities (e.g. grass, alfalfa, clover).
CHS Larsen Cooperative is happy to offer the tools needed to ensure you are feeding a quality forage.
Sources: Raven and Robert Charley, Lallemand Animal Nutrition