Soilquality needs to be rejuvenated and protected. Planting corn to feed animals isno longer the only choice; it has been found that feeding triticale silage is bothsafe and a nutritionally comparable feed to use in dairy cattle production.Triticale is described as a hybrid cropof rye and wheat (Stalcup, 2009). When feeding this crop it is important tonote that the maturity at harvest effects the nutrient quality such as proteinlevels in feed but with more maturity comes issues with corporeality of thefeed (Castells et al.
, 2012). A feedanalysis performed on triticale harvested during the soft dough stage containedlevels of protein around 11.6% in the silage (McCartney and Vaage, 1993). When Triticale is in a high maturity statewhen fed as a silage it has resulted in decreased dry matter intake and a loweraverage daily gain during a trial done with heifers (McCartney and Vaage,1993). When higher maturity feedparticle size is chopped to be 8mm in length such as it was in a calf feedingstudy, the overall amount of triticale silage feed that was consumed was thegreatest out of all feedstuffs offered due to its increased palatability (Castellset al.
, 2012). Lactating animals fed triticale silage had decreased milk yieldswhich was a correlation with the old maturity of the feedstuff. (Harper et al.,2017). Milk yields in a study done presented overall lower yield in feedingtriticale silage then feeding corn silage (Cosentino et al.
, 2015).Feeding triticale to lactating dairy cowsis a safe practice but this product is high in fiber and therefore shouldn’t befed in high quantity’s like in the study where they used only 10% in diet (Harperet al.,2017). Based on the readings, feeding lower maturity silage will make thefeed higher in protein, palatability and increase dry matter consumption.
Dependingon other ingredients in the diet and the maturity of the silage chosen willimpact amount fed in the ration.