Cut in dry conditions to maximise dry matter. Delay cutting to the afternoon when grass sugars are at their highest. Get the sugar levels tested before cutting, aiming for a minimum of 2.5-3.0%. Aim to wilt the crop for a minimum of 24 hours but ideally 36 hours. If feeding high performing animals over a long period an inoculant will give an economic return e.g. in winter milk, beef finishing. Remember that an additive cannot make a bad grass crop into good silage, you need to pay attention to all factors affecting quality. Encourage rapid fermentation through fast filling and good consolidation of the clamp. Take no short cuts and for perfect sealing use Acorn Silage Covers available from Bretts in a selection of sizes.