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Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)

Hays, John W.
Baby beef and silage,   pp. 135-141 PDF (1.9 MB)

Page 140

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been filled sixteen times, and it would
cost probably five dollars to plaster it
A Member-Cannot one be success-
fully made with stone alone?
Mr. Hays-They are too expensive
and they would be apt to crack. The
frost would go through It, too.
The Chairman-Suppose you had
lots of stone.
Mr. Hays-It would cost a good deal
to lay It up. I would put the frame
on. Brick would do as well as stone,
and eight inch hard brick. I know of
several made of brick.
Mr. Lloyd-What thickness is your
wall above the stone foundation?
Mr. Hays-It is eighteen inches. It
is not necessary to have it that thick,
but I have the stone and I could just
as well build it eighteen inches;
eight inches would do, provided there
was brick and a good frame.
A Member-What is the gentleman's
opinion of the stave silo, one thick-
Mr. Hays-I don't know much about
it. I do not think any of the wooden
ones have given very good satisfac-
Question-Would you not prefer to
keep your calves in the stable all sum-
Mr. Hays-Oh, yes, if they are well
fed; they would want a good deal of
attention and a good place.
Question-How many openings have
you In that silo?
Mr. Hays-Only one, at the bottom.
a seven foot door. We dig up. Mine
is about twenty-three feet long and
twelve feet wide. I cut mine down
in sections two feet till I get about
half way across, then I have it on a
Mr. Goodrich-Would you advise
anyone to build just that way?
Mr. Hays-No.
Mr. Goodrich-You know we didn't
know anything about it when we
built. I know but little now.
Question-Why wouldn't you advise
the same way of building?
Mr. Haye-Oh, well, I think I could
get a more convenient way. If I lid
to have a big one I would build It
longer and narrower, and cut it off in
sections of two feet. You cannot feed
from the top of a very big one; it will
spoil too much, but you can uncover
part of it and go down in sections that
way. It won't spoil in a week or two
Mr. Goodrich-There have been quite
a number of stave silos made in the
country, and a few men praise them
very highly. But the trouble is, you
fix the hoops tight, the ensilage swells
the staves and then when it comes
dry the next summer, it leaves open
joints. Now, there is a way to make
a stave silo and make it all right, and
it is about the only way you can make
a round silo and make it small. Take
staves 2x4 or 2x6, have them joined
well, and the staves doweled together,
once in four or five feet. That will
prevent its racking over if it gets dry.
Now, it is necessary to have an air
space or it will freeze too much. You
can put some strips horizontally on the
inside, two thicknesses of inch-board,
an inch and a half wide, tack them in-
side the staves, then put some matched
lumber, four inches wide, up and down
on the inside. Now, the ensilage does
not come against the staves to make
them swell, and therefore they do not
have so much shrinkage, and there is
your air space too, to keep out the
frost That is the only way that I
know of for building a good stave silo.
A Member-Can silage be success-
fully kept from one year to another?
Mr. Hays-I think it can If you have
the right kind of a silo.
Mr. Convey-I know in a great
many parts of this state it is quite dif-
ficult to get your brick or stone, and
I do not want people who read the
ccming Bulletin to be discouraged from
building a frame silo. I have used
one eight years and it is in good con-
dition  today.  I would advise the
building of a round silo, it is really
cheaper to build than the square. I
would discourage the system of takin
from the bottom, or eutting down e
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