Comparing feed options - maize silage is often cheaper


Supplementary feeding with hay, silage or grain is a management strategy which can be undertaken to meet normal production targets or as a drought management strategy.

Buying feed at the right price is the process of valuing feed based on its energy and protein content. A buyer should carefully check their costs and returns to ensure the price is warranted.

In times of high grain prices growing maize silage may be an attractive option for producers who have the land, water and stock nearby. As maize silage has a high moisture content, it is uneconomic to transport it over large distances (e.g. more than 20 km).


Agfact DAI-285 Second Edition

Published: 01 Apr 2005