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SHREDLAGE®

It's all about the cow!

CLAAS owns the exclusive rights for SHREDLAGE® technology, an innovative process for conditioning long-chopped corn silage in the CLAAS JAGUAR forage harvester.

SHREDLAGE®

It's all about the cow!

CLAAS owns the exclusive rights for SHREDLAGE® technology, an innovative process for conditioning long-chopped corn silage in the CLAAS JAGUAR forage harvester.

The Inventors . . .

The co-founders of Shredlage L.L.C., Manager Ross Dale and Technical Director Roger Olsen, invented the process for which the company is named. Both work as dairy nutritionists for dairy farms in the US.

Several years ago, in the course of their work, they recognized the benefits of corn silage with longer chop lengths and shredded plant material. Before this, the livestock nutritionists had for years supported the trend for short chop lengths but understood that these shorter lengths did not provide an optimal response to the physiological requirements of the rumen. This is because formation of the rumen mat is impeded which in turn depresses rumination. This makes it necessary to restrict the corn silage component of the feed ration accordingly with the shorter chop lengths.

In 2008, Roger Olsen, along with his father and fellow nutritionist Ross Dale developed the first prototype of a new SHREDLAGE® corncracker. This system met the requirement for intensive plant and kernel conditioning in combination with very long chop lengths. Within a very short time, a working version was built and followed by five different models for field trials. In the end, Dale and Olsen chose the top-performing corncracker and fitted it in 25 CLAAS JAGUAR forage harvesters. And so the success story began.