Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Schindler, L. M.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 59: build a silo PDF (1013.4 KB)
BUILD A SILO The silo helps to cut the feed bills. Silage improves the ration by providing succulent feed in winter and when pastures are short. It helps to increase the profits of dairying or livestock feeding. In fact silage may help to change a small profit, or even a loss, to a good profit. Don't sell your cows, but make them produce more by feeding silage. Many silos pay for themselves every year. Build the silo that suits your needs. For permanence build a concrete, stone, brick or clay tile silo. To save time and first cost, build a wooden silo. In any case, consider carefully the materials that you have at hand in your locality and the kind of labor available. Home materials are usually the cheapest and by their use you may avoid serious delay. FIG. 2.-Crou-section through door, showing the construetion of the door and the door opening for a wooden hoop silo. Several types of silos are described in Circular No. 87 of the College of Agriculture, Madison. There is one type of silo known as the wooden hoop silo that is not emphasized particufarly in that circular, which has merits for the present time. All material for this silo can be purchased at the nearest village and any farmer who can use well a hammer and saw can build this silo in a few days with the assistance of two or three of his neighbors. The wooden hoop silo is strong. It needs no guy wires to hold it in place. The wooden hoops are made preferably of %Yx4" material in stock lengths. Ten pieces are used to bund a strong rigid hoop about 3% thick. If your lumber dealer-does not have I
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