Nebraska Extension

The terms baleage and haylage are commonly used interchangeably, but depending upon where you live, there are differences that producers can take advantage of.

Nebraska Extension educator Brad Schick says to decipher whether baleage with a bigger particle size and a smaller ph, or haylage a smaller particle size and more sugars, is best for your livestock.

Baleage will have 45-55 percent moisture, and haylage will have 60 to 70 percent moisture.

Schick warns that it’s incredibly important to know when you chop or bail, and how much water it has.

"Getting it put up right, that moisture is critical," Schick said. "If you're going to start a baleage or haylage operation, that moisture content and that time that you actually do the baling or the chopping is extremely critical."   

Schick encourages all producers to study which you should use depending on your operation and quality of silage.

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