"Practitioners tend to work with six layers. Six layers are as a rule sufficient to produce high quality bales silage for cattle with dry matter content not higher than 40%-45% as long as older, more fibrous crops are not used." For silage for horses Dr. Pahlow says there are different pre-requisites. In this instance contractors should use more than six layers to be able to guarantee top fodder quality - which can be sold at a premium price.
Contractor Ludwig Brüggemann from Elze (Niedersachsen) agrees: "For horses we use six to eight layers to guarantee against moulding. People producing bale silage as marketable fodder for horses - who are dealing with dryer, rougher material which contains more crude fibre - have to bear in mind that the desired mould-free quality often cannot be achieved with six layers. Particularly for horse feeding, private contractors should use more than six layers in order to guarantee faultless fodder quality."