A few weeks ago we harvested our winter small grain crop to make it into a fermented cow food called silage. Here are a few pictures of the process.
This is what the crop looks like before harvesting.
This machine is a Windrower it cuts the crop and gathers it into rows to be chopped up by another machine
This machine is a Forage Chopper it picks the rows up and cuts it into approximately inch long pieces then blows it into the truck.
the trucks then back into this machine that packs the pieces of the crop into long plastic tubes.
The crop then ferments inside these airtight tubes and within a few weeks it is cow food.
For more about some of the other things we feed our cows read What Do Cows Eat?