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    Feedbeet Storage

Feedbeet Storage

Storing beet fresh is often a challenge due the high moisture content. In former times fresh beet were stored in piles or in barns until following springtime. Even if done well some dry matter loss is unavoidable. Dealing alternate climatic conditions keeping beets cool and not frozen is often a challenge in temperate regions. A way to overcome the storage issue is co-ensiling beet with other (more dry) feedstuff. The mixing with the dry feedstuff ensures to minimize the loss of effluent, evidently coming out of the ensiled fresh beet.​

Mix silage

Beet contains 75-80 % water, so ensiling beet alone is possible, but will mean losses of dry matter through run off of effluent. To avoid this beet can be mixed with other feed stuff like hay, alfalfa hay, ensiled grass, dried beet pellets or any other dry mixing partner available in your region. An advantage may be to use some feed stuff already available on your farm, feed stuff you are already using. Mixing beet with maize is an option, but to synchronize harvest of maize and beet is not always optimal.​

Loss at reensiling

Mixing fresh beet with other fresh crops (like maize) for silage is not ideal. To utilize the high yield potential of beet this crop should not be harvested until mid / late autumn. An alternative to mix with other fresh crops is to mix beet with already ensiled grass. This option has been practiced on a number of farms in e.g. Denmark. The co-ensiling of beet with grass silage can be done any time after beet harvest. At some farms beet are initially fed fresh and the co-ensiling is done after some month of fresh storing.

Good to know about Mix silage

Storing fresh beet​

Storing fresh beet requires attention and care. A good fresh beet storage begins with a careful beet harvest. It is important not to injure the root surface prior to storage as it may lead to higher respiration and risk of infection in the storage pile. The storability of beet is to some extend connected to the beet type (e.g. dry matter content and surface stability). ​

Good to know about storing fresh beet​