Archive for the ‘Silage Solutions’ Category

Sealing Silage Has Come a Long Way

September 25, 2014 — Getting your silage sealed in a timely manner, and what to seal it with –  That’s the topic of this month’s Silage Solutions with the ‘Silage Man’ Keith Bolsen. BakerBolsenHe explains what has transpired the last decade with oxygen barrier film, and the impact it has on feed if you can get it sealed in a timely manner.



Silage Solutions: Effective Sealing

August 28, 2014 — An important decision in every silage program that involves bunkers and piles is effective sealing. Keith Bolsen, aka ‘The Silage Man’ tells us more in this month’s installment of Silage Solutions:


Achieving Better Forage Density – Part 3

July 31, 2014 — Imagine what your bottom line would look like if you were able to lower your operation’s shrink loss to a single digit. The “Silage Man” Keith Bolsen shares some insight into reducing shrink loss and increasing dry matter recovery with density alone in this month’s Silage Solutions podcast.




Achieving Better Forage Density – Part 2

June 26, 2014 — Keith Bolsen – a.k.a. The Silage Man – joined us on today’s DairyLine Radio program to tell us the two best practices in achieving higher density in your forage.

'The Silage Man'

‘The Silage Man’


The Importance of Silage Density

May 29, 2014 — The “Silage Man” Keith Bolsen joins us this month to explain the importance of silage density and how maintaining a higher density can improve your operation’s bottom line.


Silage Management: Safety Should Be Top Priority

April 24, 2014 — What’s the number one problem/issue with silage management? Safety, according to the “Silage Man” Keith Bolsen. He explains why you have nothing to lose by consistently protecting workers, livestock, equipment, and property. At harvest, filling, and feeding does not occur without thought, preparation, and training. Listen to the Silage Man’s complete radio podcast here, brought to you by Silostop Orange, the industry’s only total oxygen film.


Silage Hasn’t Changed Much in 4,000 Years

March 27, 2014 — The basics of silage hasn’t changed much through the years, according to the “Silage Man” – Dr. Keith Bolson. The key is to control and manage four key phases. He SILOSTOP logo_colour_rgbexplains in this month’s “Silage Solutions” radio segment.


Single Digit Shrink Loss is Achievable

February 27, 2014 — Many dairy producers are able to get their shrink loss down to single digits. That’s according to the “Silage Man,” Keith Bolson, who explains in this month’s SiloStop podcast:



New Monthly Podcast: Silage Solutions

January 30, 2014 — The last Thursday of each month we will be checking in with “The Silage Man,” Dr. Keith Bolson. Keith and his wife Ruthie have probably seen more silage in the last ten years than anyone else on the planet. Here’s our opening segment with the Silage Man, brought to you by SiloStop Orange, the industry’s only total oxygen barrier film:



Covering System Essential for Efficient Silage Storage

Madison, Wis. [January 27, 2014] – The decision to cover silage in a bunker silo or drive-over pile is not difficult to make, but choosing the right covering material can be. Now, thanks to results of a new multi-study analysis comparing Total Oxygen Barrier Film and standard polyethylene film, the choice is much easier.

The meta-analysis, published recently in the journal Grass and Forage Science[1] showed that Silostop®, a Total Oxygen Barrier Film, was superior to standard polyethylene film in minimizing silage dry matter (DM) losses, reducing visible spoilage and improving aerobic stability of silage stored in bunkers and piles. The analysis, completed by scientists from the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham and Department of Statistics, University of Warwick, both in the United Kingdom, included 41 trials from North America, South America, Australia and Europe.

Comparisons of the two silage-covering systems yielded favorable results for silage stored under Total Oxygen Barrier Film, including: 

  • Reduced DM losses during storage and feedout. Average losses of DM or organic matter from the top 4 to 24 inches (10 to 60 cm) of silage in bunkers and piles were 19.5 percent for standard film and 11.4 percent for Total Oxygen Barrier Film.
  • Less visible spoilage. Inedible silage that had to be discarded from the top surface of the silos was 10.7 percent for standard film and 3 percent for Total Oxygen Barrier Film. This finding not only means less feed waste and therefore greater feed cost savings, but also less labor to discard top-layer spoilage and reduced risk of feeding it to livestock.
  • Increased aerobic stability. Aerobic stability averaged 75 hours for silage stored under standard film and 135 hours for silage stored under Total Oxygen Barrier Film. This represented an improvement in aerobic stability of 2.5 days for Total Oxygen Barrier Film. The researchers say the improved aerobic stability was most likely due to restricted yeast and mold growth in silage stored under the Total Oxygen Barrier Film. Improved aerobic stability is particularly valuable when silage removal from a bunker or pile is slow and ambient temperatures are high.

Access the entire meta-analysis here:

Silostop® Total Oxygen Barrier Film is produced under the Bruno Rimini brand as a specifically engineered oxygen barrier film that is proven to protect ensiled forage and grain with superior performance over traditional plastic covers. Silostop® offers a complete line of products to address specific silage storage management needs including barrier films, gravel bags and protective nets. For more information, visit, email, or call 866-912-0358.

[1] J.M.Wilkinson and J.S. Fenlon (2013). A meta-analysis comparing standard polyethylene and oxygen barrier film in terms of losses during storage and aerobic stability of silage. Grass and Forage Science. Published online October 2013. doi: 10.1111/gfs.12087.