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Educate me on silage bunkers/pads
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Posted 11/30/2023 18:19 (#10504069 - in reply to #10503100)
Subject: RE: Educate me on silage bunkers/pads

Fairbury, NE (Southeast)
We still use a single bag on a yard where most of the cows are. It works well because as stated, there is little to no shrink and we only feed 2-3k a day. The problem with bags if you don't use a custom guy or feed much is

-high priced bag per ton. It is 4 dollars a ton just in plastic. 12-14 years you are half way to a pad.
-slow to fill.
-Maintenance of a bagger is not a zero dollar proposition.
-high risk of coon damage.
-slow to pull out of compared to bunker.
-disposal of plastic just plain sucks.
-in very cold conditions on a smaller bag there is a large percentage that freezes. Near a foot. Not fun as it can split the plastic.

imo anything over 300 ton I would set up a bunker.

I may be biased because we have used silage bags for over 30 years. That's long enough.

Edited by dt4020 11/30/2023 18:21
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