Silage versus Green crop
A herd of 50 lactating cows gave 750 liters/day of milk with a feed fresh corn forage at two-third milk line. Later the cow herd was shifted to silage of same crop for 35 days. The milk output gradually decreases to 690 liters/day. After this period the silage was again replaced with fresh corn forage and within 3 days the milk increase to 750 liters/day. Moreover, during the silage feeding period mastitis cases in the herd also increased due to Aflatoxin.
In winters, the milk output increases due to use of 1 part of corn silage with 2 parts of Egyptian Clover (Barseen) instead of mixing corn stalks or any hay of wheat or rice with Barseen . Fresh green fodder acts as an anti fungal agent, when mixed with silage .