Maize Silage

Maize Silage

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Advanced Mould and Fungi Inhibitor For Maize Silage

✓ Reduce Waste 

✓ Reduce Mycotoxins 

Improve Herd Health

Sila Save For Maize Testimonial 


John Walsh, pictured with his 2 sons, Sean and Fergal, is supplying Barryroe Coop in West Cork and is milking 250 cows. John grows about 16 acres of Maize every year to compliment the cow’s diet for his spring calving herd. 

John has used SilaSave on his Maize Silage pit for the last few years and has seen many benefits from using it, “I find SilaSave very good at helping to preserve the top of the pit and sides of my Maize pit. In particular, I found that after opening the pit the top and sides of the pit stayed preserved for longer”.

Maize silage at the top of the pit is difficult to preserve, even with adequate rolling and sealing. This is due to two reasons firstly air pockets often remain between the maize and the cover. This creates an ideal environment for harmful bacteria to grow and flourish. The second major reason is during the fermentation process, heat is produced which rises carrying with it, water vapour. This water vapour condenses when it reaches the plastic at the top of the pit. This makes the silage wetter at the top of the pit and thus more difficult to preserve. The combination of air, wet silage and heat make an ideal environment for yeasts and fungi to multiply. These bacteria consume the nutrients present in the silage thus causing the maize to rot and heat which often seen in maize pits.

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SilaSave is a proven silage preservative to prevent mould and fungi on the top and side surfaces of the silage pit. The combination of air, wet silage and heat make can an ideal environment for moulds and fungi to multiply even with adequate rolling and sealing. These moulds and fungi consume the nutrients present in the silage causing the silage to rot and form the black layer often seen in silage pits.

 Moulds or fungi are responsible for producing mycotoxins, which when present in silage are known to have the many health effects on ruminants.



Mycotoxins are poisonous substances produced by fungi. Fungi are a group of organisms that contain moulds, yeasts and mushrooms. Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by certain moulds (fungi) and can be found in food. The moulds grow on a variety of different crops and foodstuffs including cereals, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apples and coffee beans, often under warm and humid conditions.

A mycotoxin is a toxic secondary metabolite produced by organisms of the fungus kingdom and is capable of causing disease and death in both humans and other animals. The term ‘mycotoxin’ is usually reserved for the toxic chemical products produced by fungi that readily colonize crops.

Mycotoxicosis is a condition found in animals after the ingestion of different concentrations of mycotoxins present in animal feed. Although mycotoxins affect most organs and systems in livestock, the 2 systems that can be most affected by mycotoxins, even at low concentrations, are the immune system and the gastro-intestinal tract (GIT, gut).




Declan Murphy farms in Effin, Kilmallock, Co, Limerick alongside his wife Eileen and son Kieran. Together, they farm approximately 125 Holstein Friesian milking cows producing an average yield of 7,700 litres.

On farm, producing a crop of good quality silage is extremely important to maintain, especially as silage can be expensive. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure that minimal waste is produced.


Michael Freeney, the third generation farming 180 acres at Derrydonnell, Oranmore, Co Galway. Michael along with his father Jackie farm approximately 100 pedigree Holstein dairy cows.  Of these, 80 cows constantly produce an average 305 Day lactation, producing 9,000 Litres of milk, 3.89% butter fat and 3.24% Protein. The primary market for this farm’s produce is the Galway liquid milk market.


Brendan Hickey farms in Millbrook, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny with his father Tom. Together, they farm approximately 90 dairy cows producing an average yield of 7,000 litres of milk per year. On farm, all male calves are reared for beef, while, also rearing their own replacement cows.

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