Feb 10, 2021
Check your silage regularly
Feb 10, 2021
With mice numbers on the rise, it’s important to monitor your silage pits and bales regularly to check for any signs of damage.
Lallemand Animal Nutrition Technical Services Manager, Nathan Lister, says mice can cause extensive damage to silage by burrowing through plastic film or soil and allowing oxygen to enter silage.
“Any source of oxygen can start the aerobic spoilage process, destroying valuable feed,” he says.
“Dead mice in the silage can also be a source of potentially-fatal Botulinum bacteria.
“It is important to keep the surrounding area of your silage pit or stack free of vegetation.
“Inspect your silage pits regularly and to patch any holes immediately.
“If necessary, implement a control program and don’t hold back on the number of bait stations.
“Continue the baiting program for as long as necessary.
“If you go down the path of spraying herbicides around silage areas to reduce mouse habitat, avoid getting any chemical spray or drift on to the silage plastic or covers as it can cause any plastic to degrade quicker.”
For more information or assistance managing your silage, please contact your technical services manager or call the Lallemand Animal Nutrition office.