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Title: A note on the fermentation characteristics of red clover silage in response to advancing stage of maturity in the primary growth
Authors: King, Colman
McEniry, Joseph
O'Kiely, Padraig
Keywords: Aerobic stability
Dry matter recovery;
Harvest date
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Publisher: Teagasc
Citation: A note on the fermentation characteristics of red clover silage in response to advancing stage of maturity in the primary growth. C. King, J. McEniry and P. O’Kiely. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 51: 79–84, 2012
Series/Report no.: Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research;vol 51
Abstract: This study investigated the silage fermentation characteristics of red clover (Trifolium pratense L., var. Merviot) harvested at five dates in the primary growth (at two week intervals from 12 May to 7 July). Despite the challenging herbage ensilability characteristics pre-ensiling [i.e. low dry matter (DM) concentration (142 to 178 g/kg), low water soluble carbohydrate concentration (51 to 118 g/kg DM) and high buffering capacity (552 to 639 mEq/kg DM], the silages preserved successfully and showed little evidence of clostridial activity (i.e. low concentration of butyric acid and ammonia-N). Stage of maturity at harvest had little effect on silage fermentation characteristics.
Description: Peer-reviewed
A Corrigendum to this article was later published. It can be accessed at http://hdl.handle.net/11019/748
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/324
http://www.teagasc.ie/research/journalarchives/vol51no1.asp
ISSN: 0791-6833
Appears in Collections:Grassland Science
IJAFR, volume 51, 2012

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