Storing animal feed: Bagged versus bulk
Which is best?
Many spend time researching the best animal feed without considering the effect their storage method can have on the ultimate quality of the feed.
For example, bulk storage in a loft or barn may seem like a good idea, but biosecurity becomes an immediate issue. Vermin, birds and squirrels—all of these can pose a risk to feed stored in an ‘open’ environment.
Keeping feed stored this way fresh, too, is a problem. In an unsealed environment, if large quantities are purchased there’s a risk feed rotation isn’t guaranteed and feed could potentially turn stale, or spoil with mould.
This, of course, makes the feed unpalatable for the animals and could lead to issues such as malnutrition, or even disease.
The same issues can be observed for feed bought and stored in bags, with the added hitch that buying in smaller quantities means buyers are paying extra for the feed to come in a bag—an unnecessary premium that most certainly adds up over time.
Bulk feed is cheaper
Because it’s more economical for feed firms to produce and deliver in large quantities, buying in bulk allows feed prices to be secured at a lower cost. But is it worth buying in bulk, if any potential savings will be offset by the spoilage that comes with improper storage?
Costs savings, then, depend on ability to handle and store feed once it’s delivered.
Silos are a must to reap the benefits of buying in bulk and remove the problematic biosecurity and wastage issues that come with inefficient storage.
Not only is it possible to take more feed with a silo; as previously mentioned, it’s more cost-effective for feed to be delivered in bulk. Feed is protected from vermin and other environmental factors, minimising spoilage. This, together with the fact that feed is discharged first in, first out, ensures feed rotation and lengthened shelf-life, allowing feed to reach animals in the condition it was delivered in—optimum.
Investment in a silo saves on waste and delivery…
… meaning the cost of the silo itself is offset by savings in only a short time.
Not to mention, maintaining feed at best quality will pay dividends in your animal productivity, the ultimate goal.
Collinson silos, for hygienic, efficient feed storage
At Collinson, we have a wide range of silos available to suit any capacity requirement. For the perfect smaller capacity, low price solution to help you make the move from bag to bulk storage, we’d recommend TriStor (Bag Barrow or Snacker) or County Range T1.
Extensive industry experience means our range has been developed to include features which make our silos stand out from the rest. Find out for yourself—call 01995 606 451 to chat with a member of our team today.