10 ways to slash your silage bills
Prompt payment and buying bale wrap in bulk are among our tips for keeping costs down.
1 Walk your silage ground
There can be no excuse for not walking every acre to be mown before allowing a contractor on to the land. This is in your own interests. Many contractors are using self-propelled mowers and harvesters worth north of €250,000 and stray objects like fencing posts or wire can cause huge damage.
2 Consider providing a dinner
Contractors and their weary drivers appreciate a meal if they are working long hours. When the time for payment and writing the cheque comes, the contracting team that was looked after will be more inclined to negotiate.
3 Have help at hand for the pit
For pit silage, be sure to have plenty of hands ready to get the pit covered quickly and efficiently. There is nothing more annoying for a contractor than spending hours covering the pit while the next customer is waiting for the team to arrive before the weather breaks. So plan ahead, have the cover ready to go and all tyres at hand.
4 Prompt payment