Cheaper silage in 10 steps
Keeping the crew well fed and buying bale wrap in bulk are some of the simple steps that can help slash your silage costs.
1 Take a walk
There can be no excuse for not making it your business to walk every acre to be mown before allowing a contractor onto the land. This really is in your own interests. Many contractors are using self-propelled mowers and harvesters worth north of €250,000 plus the VAT. Warn contractors and their staff of hazards they may encounter on your farm.
2 Feed them feed!
Contractors and their weary drivers certainly appreciate a meal if they are working long hours and days. The tradition of bringing a contractor and his team into the kitchen is quickly vanishing. When it comes to writing the cheque, a full-bellied contractor will be more inclined to negotiate.
3 Hands on at the pit face
For pit silage, be sure to have plenty of hands assembled in order to get the pit covered quickly and efficiently.
There is nothing more annoying for a contractor than to have to spend hours covering the pit while the next farmer customer is anxiously waiting for the team to arrive before the weather breaks. So plan ahead, have the cover unfolded and all tyres ready to be placed.