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Bonus Silage Tips for November 2004

Agriculture.com Staff 07/06/2010 @ 5:22pm

When you look at most covered bunkers, you'll find plastic on top of the silage, with tires holding it in place. At Cottonwood Dairy, South Wayne, Wis., they use this approach - but with a twist.

Before filling, they drape plastic over each wall, says Randy Larson, a partner in the 700-cow dairy. Once the plastic hits the floor inside the bunker, they pull it about 2 to 3 feet away from the wall and anchor it with some silage to hold it in place during filling. After that's done, they hoist the plastic back up and across the top of the silage, securing it with tires.

"The easiest way to describe it is we bagged the bunker," Larson says. They are working out some of the kinks yet, but overall it's a good way to protect forage quality, he adds.

When you look at most covered bunkers, you'll find plastic on top of the silage, with tires holding it in place. At Cottonwood Dairy, South Wayne, Wis., they use this approach - but with a twist.

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