Moist Feed Storage & Handling

Moist Feed Storage & Handling

Follow these simple steps to minimise any wastage and maintain the products nutritional value
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Long Narrow three-walled silo
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Eornagold Moist Feed
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Bunking Moist Feed
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Moist Feed Delivered Fresh

1. Select the Right Storage Site

Moist feeds are delivered in bulk and tipped in loads of approximately 30 tonnes. The selected storage site should be clean with a firm level surface, preferably concrete as it makes handling and feeding out easier

Moist feeds should ideally be stored in a three-walled pit as this structure is easier to manage. A long narrow three walled silo is best, as it allows the farmer to work across the feeding face quicker and therefore reduce the time the product is exposed to air

Depending on the product, there may be a small amount of run off. Therefore, the selected storage site should not be located near drains or open water courses

Ag-bags are an excellent alternative to store moist feeds.

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Compact the bunk before ensiling
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Seal the bunk

2. Allow the Feed to Cool Down & Cover within 24 Hours

Moist feeds are delivered straight from the point of production and can be hot on arrival. It is best to let the load cool down for 6-12 hours before ensiling.

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Ensure an Airtight Seal

3. Ensure an Airtight Seal

To preserve the feed, correct compaction, covering and sealing is important. To exclude all air, use the loader bucket to compact and smooth the surface of the feed in the pit.

It is NOT recommended to drive onto fresh, moist feed.

Once compaction is complete, seal the bunk with clean, high quality polytene sheets. This should then be covered with mats, truck tires or sandbags to ensure close contact between the top layer of the feed and the pit cover. This will provide an even airtight seal throughout the entire pit. Lighter car tyres or pallets should be avoided as they may not provide a sufficient seal.

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4. Mixing Moist Feeds

To give the pit added structure and allow the pit to be piled higher while complimenting the feeds nutritional content, moist feeds can be ensiled with other products such as beet pulp, soy hulls, hay and straw.

If mixing moist feeds with other products for storage, it is important to ensure the pitting mix does not exceed 65% dry matter content as it cannot be adequately compacted.

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Feeding Moist Feeds
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5. Feeding out Moist Feeds

Once properly pitted, moist feeds can be fed immediately and included within the cattle or dairy cow diet. When feeding from thepit, it is important to keep the face as clean as possible.

Ideally, the exposed pit face should allow the farmer to work back 18” per day in the pit. If using a loading bucket, it is important not to push in at the bottom and lift; as this disturbs the face greatly and may cause an avalanche. Instead, the bucket should be used to cut down from the top, with the material then scooped away. Any loose material should then be pushed together to ensure that it is used next.

Moist feeds should be introduced to animals gradually over several days, building up the quantity to the desired feeding rate. Always consult your nutritionist or veterinarian.