While each dairy farm provides unique challenges, the tower silo is best equipped to deal
with these challenges most effectively.
Consider these factors:
Storage losses in the tower silo average
while that of a bunker silo average
and may exceed 30%.
In any storage method, the annual cost of storage loss is among the greatest
of all annual costs of ownership.
If labor is not free and readily available this cost can become extremely high
Custom harvesters often fill tower silos at over
The University of Wisconsin has been warning producers since a 1999 bunker density study that at
high filling rates 60+ tons per hour it becomes exceedingly difficult to properly pack a bunker
Click here to see attached chart
Link to bunker spreadsheet
(Bunker density calculator from University of Wisconsin)
Unloading rateNew unloading systems are unloading at extremely
Considering face management the tower silo may have the advantage
The cost of the unloading tractor and its operating costs, as well as labor cost make the
tower more economical*(6)
Unload your feed with the touch of a button
Avoid the pain of packing and covering the bunker
The switch from horizontal to vertical storage can increase milk production totaling well over