A news report from 9 News Central West in Australia, reported on a very unusual occurrence to have happened during their current ongoing drought.
A family of farmers, in a bid to cope with the extremely warm weather and provide for their stock, dug up silage which was 23 years old. Farmer Andrew Bowman was only ten-years-old when his family buried the large quantity of silage, in two huge silage pits covered with sand.
The pits were filled with 1,500 bales of Ryegrass and they should have remained underground for longer, though worsening drought conditions during the ‘Big Dry’ forced the family to dig up the crop.
“When this was put down, Andrew’s dad said I am putting it in for the next generation, I won’t be pulling it out. But here we are pulling it out,” said Andrew’s mother Pamela.
The family farm in Dunedoo, a small village in South West Australia and they say they have always focused on fodder conservation.
“My grandfather always had excess feed. Made it in the paddock and stored in the paddock and fed it out when he had to.” said Brian Bowman.
The 23-year-old loosened silage is said to be extra sweet and is thoroughly enjoyed by the livestock.
“They absolutely love it. It is pretty difficult to get through the gate with them, without them trying to eat the tractor,”, said Andrew.
The family plan to continue their fodder conservation, by looking to build up another excess fodder supply for storage.
“If the season allows us to have an excess fodder supply...I will certainly, looking at how well this worked, look at putting it underground again”, Andrew concluded.