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High moisture barley

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:12 am
by rancherfred
I asked this question on Agtalk as well, so anyone that reads both sites bear with me. We are currently dry rolling barley for a backgrounding ration. We are looking at moving into finishing more of our own cattle and I was studying more on feeding barley in finishing diets last night. I came across a couple of mentions in the literature about harvesting barley at higher moisture, 25-30%, rolling it and then ensiling it. I don't have a bunker to pack the grain in so I started to think about bagging it. Is there anyone here that does that? If so, do you need to use a silage bagger or can you get enough pressure with a regular grain bagger? Also, do you need to inoculate the grain as it goes in?

Re: High moisture barley

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:40 pm
by TexasBred
I'm sure you're going to have to make sure the bags will be sealed air tight to cut off any additional oxygen otherwise it will all mold and spoil.