Frequently Asked Questions
Typically you will order feed on a weekly, fortnightly or Monthly basis. Check with your feed mill to see what the pricing options are – you might get a better deal for ordering 6 ton instead of 4 ton. Remember you usually will have a bit left in the silo - so if you are ordering 6 ton of feed you probably need an 8 ton capacity silo. Rations/Blends are bulkier than ordinary pellets – all our silos are sized in cubic feet. Check the charts and the density of your feed to make sure you buy a big enough silo
Enclosed silos are ideal where you are using bags or barrows – the feed is not caught in the wind and you are protected from the weather. Legged silos are ideal for connecting to auger systems – they can also be used to fill bags and barrows Offset silos are ideal if you are filling loader buckets – with the cone to the side any sized bucket can be used.
The rolled body has a seam around the outside of the silo which is watertight and adds additional strength to the body. As the seam is on the outside of the silo the inside wall is smooth with only a few bolts to attach brackets. This leaves very little opportunity for feed to stick to the walls.
We have found it to be the best method of controlling the flow of feed. Customers have found that slides tend to get stuck, freeze, rust and generally degrade. The paddle system can be locked to prevent accidental opening.
We have 3 options and it depends on what suits you best. The silo on its own gantry allows you to drive through and operates with a chain and pulley system – this is the fastest filling system we have. However it takes the largest footprint and is the highest silo The High Leg Offset is a side discharge system. The big benefit is that there is no flat wall which prevents bridging. It uses the chain and pulley system to open. The Silo and Auger uses a reverse drive auger – the motor sits under the cone and pushes the feed out at a rate of 200 kg per minute. The auger is fitted to a standard enclosed silo and comes prewired down to a blue plug – all that’s needed is a blue socket. The auger is a 4 inch rigid auger. The auger motor is at a good height for working on and it also acts as a wee vibration unit which helps draw down the feed.
The silo must be checked every few months to make sure that no feed gets stuck. When feed gets stuck it normally is where the body meets the cone. Just look through the hatch on the cone and if required brush out the silo. Feed with Molasses in it should not be stored in a silo. Free flowing material should only be stored in a silo.
Yes – where we fit an auger plate to connect an auger to a silo we also fit a 6 inch bagging spoutto the side of the cone allowing you to remove feed manually.
Yes – we can adjust the offset silo so that the bagging chute can be brought into a shed and emptied in the shed. To do this we will need specific information about the customers site (is the ground at the same level inside and outside the shed?, how thick is the wall it going through?, how close can the silo get to the shed wall?, what height does the bagging chute need to be off the ground?). There is a small additional cost.
Yes. Split silos are very popular in Ireland where there are a lot of mixed farms and on sites where there is not a lot of space. We have being making split silos for over 40 years and are yet to experience a problem with split silos. All our silos are designed by Mechanical Engineers who have a background in agricultural product design.
We design the filler bend out of thick gauge metal – it’s not easily replaced as its not designed to wear out.
All our silos come fitted with a Vent pipe – it’s designed to promote a flow of air above the level of the feed in the silo which will ensure that condensation is removed from the silo. Condensation is mainly caused by warm feed being blown into a silo – if you put your hand on the cone after the silo has been filled you will be able to check if the feed is warm. You need to advise you miller to supply cold feed. After a silo has been filled – we recommend that you immediately remove a load from the silo to loosen the feed (which has been blown in under pressure and typically will plug a little). This loosens up the feed and allows warm air to rise through the feed to the top of the silo and dissipate.
No we don’t. We strongly recommend that you talk to your local feed system company. Augers unfortunately occasionally break down and it’s important that you have someone local who can respond to breakdowns. We work with all the feed system suppliers and installer and can help you get the nearest one to you.