The Quality of Silage Made from a Mixture of Fodder Galega and French Willow

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Silage-making is a simple and reliable way to preserve the green fodder mass in a succulent state. The article regards the options for silage-making of fodder galega with the addition of French willow (rosebay willow-herb) in various ratios. The quality indicators of the finished feed have been determined. It has been revealed that the pH of all silage variants does not reach the biological limit values for the development of lactic acid bacteria (3.0 - 4.2). Nevertheless, silage variants with a French willow fraction from 15% and more have had a proportion of lactic acid from 77% to 86% in the organic acids composition in feed. The silages have generally had good indicators. Feeds with a mass fraction of French willow 15% and 25% have had 9.8 and 9.2 MJ / kg of dry matter, respectively. And silages with a proportion of French willow of 30% and more have contained more than 10 MJ / kg of dry matter in their composition. The minimum addition of French willow to the silage to meet the requirements of GOST R 55986–2014 has been 30%.

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