The grass is mowed into swathes and allowed to dry (wilt) for about a day until the moisture reaches the right level. The grass is then picked up by a harvester, chopped into very fine pieces, and blown into a dump wagon.
By the way...the two birds swooping about in the photo are turkey vultures. Apparently they spent all afternoon following the harvester...and I didn't even know we had turkey vultures in this area.
A truck with a box made specifically for hauling silage arrives to collect the chopped grass...
...and hauls it to the bunker silo to be unloaded.
The chopped grass now needs to be compressed...this is done with the good old JD tractor at our place. Once the stack is well-packed, the pile is covered with plastic...recycled rubber tires are placed over the surface to provide weight and seal the plastic. After about 48 hours the fermentation process begins...and in a few weeks the pickled grass is ready to serve.
Here's the bunker that they are feeding from right now...grass that was cut in May. It may not look all that appetizing...and it smells even worse than it looks...but the animals love it. The silage, hay and grains are mixed together in a mixer wagon and then dished out for the cows to enjoy!
They are quite fond of their ration...and always eager to dig in!
The last of the mowed grass was hauled into the bunker late last night...and just in time, because it rained again over night. So in case you were wondering how your milk is produced...that is your lesson in a nutshell.
Have a wonderful day...