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Educate me on silage bunkers/pads
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Posted 12/1/2023 15:07 (#10505447 - in reply to #10503638)
Subject: RE: Educate me on silage bunkers/pads

Although the uprights make great feed, their unloading speed and logistics is really more suited for a "hand-fed" feeding operation in an indoor setting in a dairy, or through something automated (bunk-line feeder, auger/trough) where you can turn it on and go do something else. Climbing for maintenance and opening doors isn't the safest thing on the farm and not for those getting older and feeding high volumes.

Waiting for an upright to unload 4 tons of silage per day into a wagon is painful (watching the meter, cranking the silo down several times, etc.) and a lot of those setups weren't designed in a way to get feed outside as the unloading doors faced the interior of the feed room/barn. Conveyor out the door/wall? Still slow.

If they were in good shape with good unloaders I'd say use them up then go to something else outside but it sounds like you're already there! You can always use concrete for something, not very high risk to try a flat pile one year then bags the next.
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