The final area of Forage Shrink that we’ll cover is losses that occur at feedout. Using facers on bunker silos and piles is an effective way to reduce cracks in the silage that let air in and cause heating. Heating causes loss, or Shrink. Second, when removing silage for feedout, producers should only take down 1 day worth of feed to reduce heating and spoilage. Third, roll back silage covers for no more than 3 days worth of feeding at a time. Finally, keep silage face size manageable to reduce heating. We want to remove at least 6-12 inches/day in cool weather and 18 inches/day in the summer.
With proper Forage management we can keep shrink in the single digits. Reducing shrink can have a major impact on the financial health of your dairy farm.