MONTREAL, Quebec – Dec. 12, 2015 – PRLog — According to information from Western Dairy News, the consequences of improperly fermented ensiled forage fed to dairy cows can be wide ranging and extend beyond reduced performance due to poor nutritional value of the feed. These feeds can play a role in infectious disease transmission to humans (e.g., listeriosis, botulism, and salmonellosis)
Firstly, insufficient lactic acid production (which can result from damaged feed) yields higher silage pH and facilitates the growth of potential pathogenic organisms. Pathogens found in improperly fermented silage can come from fecal contamination (from herds themselves as well as pets, wild animals and rodents), soils, and dead animals that can inadvertently become mixed with the silage.
Because prevention of human and animal exposure to infection is imperative, silage must be top quality and personnel handling silage must take appropriate precautions. Scrupulous attention must be paid to hygiene and cleanliness for workers, equipment and the facility. Protective gloves, coupled with thorough hand washing, are mandatory after handling silage or animals and after cleansing, feeding, or milking protocols. Protective outer clothing and footwear should be worn and kept on site. Other measures, such as prevention of overstocking and rotational use of land can help minimize risks.
It is widely acknowledged that the best long-term silage storage option is bunker silos maintained with reinforced coverage to prevent aerobic contamination. Holding down silage covers to eliminate the infiltration of air is best achieved with truck-tire sidewalls as they provide excellent coverage and safety, while reducing both packing and labor.
Danny Nadler, president and CEO of Tire Sidewall Depot, carries a full line of sidewalls for bunker silos. He has been successfully serving the agricultural industry since 1995 by filling the need for safer, more efficient and sanitary bunker silo coverage. His 100% nylon, bias ply truck-tire sidewalls protect against vermin, insects, and the infiltration of pathogens. They are completely metal-free and don’t cut plastic or hands. These premium truck sidewalls are stackable, user- and environmentally friendly, cost effective and cleaner alternatives to heavy, burdensome whole tires often used for this purpose.
In addition, Tire Sidewall Depot’s products can help preserve the nutritional content of silage by ensuring it is well protected. And, with Danny’s vast knowledge of the industry and several strategically located facilities across the continent, Tire Sidewall Depot delivers across the nation. For additional information, visit www.tiresidewalldepot.com or call Danny Nadler toll-free at 1-888-581-5488.