It no longer is a secret in the animal farm industry that plastic silage bag covers are a practical method of storing forages. Silage bags, in general, are a favourite since they are reliable and affordable to use. But more importantly, their use in the farm results in high-quality animal feeds. As much as anyone would talk about the existence of other modern methods, there is no doubt that bags remain popular.
Countless farm owners can attest that the use of quality silage covers allowed them to minimise losses and shrinkage. In fact, feed shrinkage is usually at four per cent, whereas hay silage from covered piles saw about fifteen per cent shrinkage. It is a significant difference that every farm owner will appreciate.
Nonetheless, the benefits of silage bag covers do not hide the fact that there are also problems associated with them during the storage period. But the good news is that you can avoid them if you know those problems in the first place.
1 – Removal Issues
It is true that there is no way for you to control the weather, but it does not mean you no longer can take some precautions to ensure a more convenient feed removal during the cold months of winter and the scorching, humid days of summer. For instance, you expect the feed placed in a silage cover to freeze in below zero temperatures in winter. One way to address the problem is by facing the bag’s open end toward the south so that the sun warms the bag and minimise freezing at some point. In the summer meanwhile, you must keep the end of the cover open to prevent the feed from warming up and cooling down in a flash. It is crucial that you only remove feed that you intend to use in one day.
2 – Damage by Animals
There are a handful of animals in the wild that can wreak havoc to your feeds and silage bag covers. For example, mice, deer, birds, rats, and even racoons can puncture, break, or tear at the bags and cause damage. You never will want to place the bags in areas that are close to the habitat or homes of these animals such as a wooded area or shed. You might consider installing fencing to deter them.
3 – Difficulty in Getting to the Feed
There are times when it becomes very complicated to reach the feeds stored in silage bag covers like when the ground is too wet. Well, the most practical solution is to have a plan right before the rainy season begins. For instance, choose an area or location in your property that drains well, something that has enough slope so that rainwater does not stagnate and come into extended contact with the bags. Likewise, it makes sense to put your bags on a solid base.