May 31, 2018
It's that time of year again!
If you live in the rural areas of the Great Plains region of the U.S., you may notice some increased truck traffic on the roads carrying large loads of what looks like chopped up green plants.
We call this "silage," and it is most likely on its way to a local cattle feedyard or dairy. Silage harvest season is just getting underway.
Right now at Cattle Empire, we are beginning to harvest triticale for silage. Later in the summer, we will harvest corn silage, and this fall, we will harvest sorghum silage. Between the harvest of these three crops, we will harvest enough forages to feed our cattle for the rest of the year until next year's harvest begins again.
After the crops are harvested, they are stored in large "pits" at the feedyard and packed down with tractors to remove any extra air and preserve the forage until it is ready to be used.
At Cattle Empire, all of our forages are sourced locally, with the majority of them being grown within 10 miles of the feedyard.
Watch this video to learn more about the process of how we harvest and store our silage at Cattle Empire.