What's the difference between corn silage and ground corn? Corn silage is the entire corn plant (stalk, ear, husk & cob) chopped up. Ground corn is only the kernels. The combining process harvests only the individual kernels, nothing else. We grind the kernels to the consistency of corn meal. Both are ingredients of our cows diet. To learn more about what our cows eat, check out my blog Dairy Diet – What do Cows Eat?
We hired a custom harvester to combine this corn and haul it to our dairy. It took two days to combine both fields which consisted of about 45 acres.
|The combine harvesting corn|
|There's snow on the ground|
|A recently combined row|
|The stalks of corn|
|Transferring the corn from the combine to the truck that will haul it to the dairy|
|The gravity flow wagon feeds corn into the grinder powered by the tractor|
|Joe shovels corn from the wagon|
|Corn transferring from the wagon into the grinder|
|Kernels going into the grinder|
|Ground corn flowing out of the grinder|
|The pile of corn kernels on the left and the ground corn on the right|
|The corn in two forms - ground and kernels|
The ground corn is mixed with other ingredients and fed to our cows. . . .
|Joe checking the feed in the mixer wagon|
|The cows enjoying their meal!|