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)
* A d , WIB _SI FARMRS' I-TI T WISCONSIN FAR8'IN~mT been filled sixteen times, and it would cost probably five dollars to plaster it ever. 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- ness? Mr. Hays-I don't know much about it. I do not think any of the wooden ones have given very good satisfac- tion. Question-Would you not prefer to keep your calves in the stable all sum- mer? 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 slant. 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 weeks. 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 I;V_-_ , MIR I- I 7 TOM I I 1.1 I I II 1111 III I 140
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