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Deciding on a Silage Storage Type Brian J. Holmes Biological Systems Engineering Dept. UW - Madison Craig Saxe Extension Agent Juneau County UW Extension.

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1 Deciding on a Silage Storage Type Brian J. Holmes Biological Systems Engineering Dept. UW - Madison Craig Saxe Extension Agent Juneau County UW Extension

2 Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage This interactive presentation lets you respond to questions which then lead you to possible silage storage types to select. Just mouse click on your response to advance within the presentation. The buttons below have the same meaning throughout this presentation. Next Slide Previous Slide Presentation Beginning Presentation End

3 Start this presentation? Click Yes to Start YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

4 In next 10 years, will forage storage needs on your farm double? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage Now Future

5 Are your current silage needs less than 400 tons dry matter/yr? Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage YesNo Note: 400T DM/yr feeds about 90 cows/day at 25 lbs DM/cow/day.

6 Is space at your feed center limiting? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage Barn Shed Feed Center Yard Example of feed center with limited space

7 Is capital limiting? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage $ $ vs

8 Consider: Silage Piles or Bags Will silage piles be covered with plastic? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage Well Covered Pile

9 Is a third operator available to pack silage piles? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

10 Your Solution: Consider: Silage Piles Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage Needs Shallower Side Slope Needs More Tires

11 YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage Will you harvest corn with your own forage harvester? Answer No if you will not harvest corn silage or you will have corn harvested by a custom operator or neighbor etc.

12 Harvest labor is extremely limiting on my farm. Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage YesNo It is just me and my brother here.

13 Will baling equipment be used for products besides silage baling? Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage YesNo

14 Your Solution: Consider: Wrapped Bale Silage Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

15 Your Solution: Consider: Wrapped Bale Silage or Silo Bags Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

16 Your Solution: Consider: Silo Bags Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

17 Do you use tower silos on your farm? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

18 My tower silos are less than 10 years old or are in good shape? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

19 Will you continue hand feeding in the barn and/or continue using a mechanical bunk? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

20 Your Solution: Consider: Tower Silos Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

21 Is it convenient to deliver feed to a mobile TMR mixer? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

22 Do you have adequate room for a stationary TMR mixer? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

23 Part of Your Solution Is: Abandon Tower Silos Continue? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

24 Is there adequate space near tower silos to store silo bags? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage Space for Bags After Demolition Space for Bags

25 Your Solution: Use Bags and Existing Tower Silos in a Feed Center Design Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

26 Will bunker silos be covered? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

27 Is a third operator available to pack bunker silos? YesNo Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

28 Your Solution: Consider: Bunker Silos Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

29 Your Solution: Consider: Tower Silos or Silo Bags Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage

30 You have used information about your operation to select and/or narrow your choices for a silage storage system. Consider the cost and management of the selected system before deciding on your best option. For more information on silage storage, access the Harvest and Storage web site at: Flow Chart to Select Silage Storage Last Slide Presentation Beginning


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