Agricultural Equipment and Supplies: Optimising and Maintaining Your Equipment

Agricultural Equipment and Supplies: Optimising and Maintaining Your Equipment

Three Factors to Consider When Selecting Silage Wagons

by Micheal Webb

There are numerous silage wagons in the market, and they are distinguished by aspects such as brand, size, performance and quality. Therefore, the process of selecting the right forage implement for your agricultural operation can be challenging. Ideally, the silage wagon should be designed to harvest different types of forage plants such as sorghum, maize and grass, particularly those that you can access. The silage prepared in the wagon will be ideal for feeding your livestock after fermentation. If you are thinking about buying a silage wagon for your farm, consider these outlined factors to help you identify the best equipment.

Attached vs. Self-Propelled

There are two common configurations used in the fabrication of silage wagons: attached and self-propelled. The right choice for your farm will depend on the scale and resources of your agricultural operation. The attached design is a simple design that consists of the silage wagon without the driving automotive components. This module is attached to a tractor, which provides power to the silage trailer elements.

The attached design is a favourable option if you already have a strong utility tractor to drive the silage wagon. Moreover, if you have a large operation, you can purchase multiple wagons and use it with a single tractor. Basically, when one wagon is full, it can be attached and towed using a truck, allowing another wagon to be attached. On the other hand, the self-propelled wagon is dedicated, so it will provide more power and function more efficiently.

Functional Features

The functional features will determine the suitability of the silage wagon in your farm. Therefore, you will need to compare the potential delivery of the implement with the demands of your operation. You can choose between centre and side feed silage wagon model. The centre design allows unloading of forage from the back of the wagon, while the side alternative unloads from the side.

The centre style has a narrower feed-out belt, so it will reduce wastage of materials. The side feed-out is ideal for unobstructed flow of materials, so you can utilise it for trough feeding. The capacity of the silage wagon is also an important functional feature. You should ensure that the forage implement can handle the required silage without using excess fuel or experiencing mechanical strain.

Wagon Construction

The construction of the silage wagon will determine the durability of the machinery in the harsh agricultural environment. You should purchase equipment with an all-steel body, including the chassis, side panels and frame design. This material will resist distortion and tearing.

To learn more about options like Siwa silage wagons, contact a local supplier. 


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Agricultural Equipment and Supplies: Optimising and Maintaining Your Equipment

Welcome to my blog. My name is Joe. Growing up on a farm was the perfect life for me as a kid. I loved to run around, spend time quietly, work on equipment and watch the process of plants growing. I even enjoyed helping my mum with the books as I got older. Now, however, I'm not involved in the day-to-day routines of a farm. Instead, I live a pretty "standard" city life, but I still love to write about it and do whatever gardening I can in my small flat. When I'm not writing or pining after moving back to the country, you can find me watching classic films, reading or jogging.