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    Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Something we've been on with over the past couple of months or so.
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    That's roof done. We had people in to do that bit.
    More pics coming up of Wall extention and refurb.

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    27year old plywood wall getting replaced with concrete panels. When they get here.
    New back to go in too.

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    looks tidy

    how does that concrete setup work?

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    That's what you call a 'Volumetric' mixer. It's brilliant.
    It has three hoppers and a water tank. Sand, gravel and cement are metered into the auger on the back and auger mixes it all perfectly. The beauty of it is the oprative stops it at exacxtly the right amount. Also it's much easier laid as the oprative has hydraulic control over the spout movement. There's way less shoveling and raking of the wet cement.



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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    How much a cube does it work out??

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Tidy, amazing that plywood wall lasted all that time !

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Nice job jim who built the shed?

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    Nice job jim who built the shed?
    Cumbria Steel Structures Ltd.
    If you remember the thread I had about the dry cow building and silage pit wall. It was them that built that too.
    We're quite pleased with it for what he had to do. You'll see the old Crendon is 15' bays and the Robinson kit building at the other side has 20'bays so he had quite a bit of jiggery & pokery to fit the roof in.
    He first came here to put that kit building up. Robinsons sent him.

    Tidy, amazing that plywood wall lasted all that time !
    Very much so. lt was an outdoor wall too.
    I didn't order the concrete panels to replace them but my brother did. I asked if he'd ordered 4" or 5" panels. He said; "5 as it's a silage pit wall".
    I replied "what thickness was that plywood again"

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Well done , That looks a right tidy job ,

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    What is the thinking behind putting a roof over pit?

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    Silage pit water has to be collected, so now roof water dosn't. In effect this makes our slurry store bigger.

    Grant for it too.

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    looks well done, but i would be worried if it will stand loaded with snow. especially the concrete post side. did an engineer approve it??

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    Tidy job Jim. Will you hod the sheet down with quad bales and stack them to the roof as you roll sheet forward?

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    Nice set up there Jim! When will you be you be aiming for first cut? Forum member fraserb was on chopping at the weekend there near here.

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    did an engineer approve it??
    The guy that built it does have a qualified engineer working for him, but on a freelance type basis as far as I know.
    From a distance is does look lightish up there, but it is heavier than it looks when you see it close to hand. I had a hole to re-drill in a column for them when their magnet drill packed in one day.

    Will you hod the sheet down with quad bales and stack them to the roof as you roll sheet forward?
    We don't usually put straw on top of the sheet. We don't usually have any spare at that time of year. We have those green Secure Covers, a few gravel bags and a few tyres.
    When will you be you be aiming for first cut?
    This is our other farm where we just rear the heifers, so cutting grass there is second in line. 10 days overthere maybe. hopefully cutting here soon.

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    think we have the same plough, kverland em85? what grant scheme covered the build? how good are those concrete coulombs you have your uprights bolted to? if you hit one would it not crack it? small ones that we had didn't take much hitting!

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Nice job, fancy coming and doing our old pit as its just got lazy with wet 1st cut and is leaning on the shed next door!!

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    think we have the same plough, kverland em85?
    Nearly, that's an EG120.

    what grant scheme covered the build?
    It's a river's trust type grant.

    how good are those concrete coulombs you have your uprights bolted to?
    They're OK at the moment. Very good infact for their age.
    I hope no one hits one. We haven't in 35 years.
    There isn't as much pressure over there as we just do small acreages of silage at a time so buckrake doesn't have to rush about.



    Panels and steel coming tomorrow to do walls.

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Larl bit more progress over last day or so.






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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Quote Originally Posted by JimF View Post
    Larl bit more progress over last day or so.





    What size are the panels and where from?

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    nice job, great improvement, probably a project you never thought would get done, was the grant catchment sensitive farming?

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Nice job, but cant help but think the stanchons on the left are going to be a PITA when filling the clamp. Was there much of a saving pigybacking the stanchons on the left like that ?

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    nice job, great improvement, probably a project you never thought would get done, was the grant catchment sensitive farming?
    Yes correct on both accounts.

    cant help but think the stanchions on the left are going to be a PITA when filling the clamp. Was there much of a saving piggybacking the stanchions on the left like that ?
    It shouldn't be too bad. Now the panels are up the walls are 5" thick so they don't stick out as much as the did.
    It wasn't a money saving thing, it was more a time limit job for the grant. The roof had to be up and application in before the silage was used up, so it would have been difficult to do the job with new columns and silage in the way.

    The new walls weren't planned at first, they've just come extra. We're doing all that bit our selves without any grant.

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Just a few more pics from today as cleaning it out before we start filling it over the weekend.
    The panels came from a guy Scotch Corner way. Richardson Concrete, I think?












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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Got it filled today;



    A load of Wheat straw came yesterday to cover part of the pit.



    And a few tyres and Secure Cover to finish.


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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Do you find the plastic down the walls stops wastage? Our pit has trouble last few seasons with a bit down the edges.

    Dan

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Quote Originally Posted by dan.taylor.1 View Post
    Do you find the plastic down the walls stops wastage? Our pit has trouble last few seasons with a bit down the edges.

    Dan
    you don't side sheet?

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    why is the buckrake on the wrong end of the tractor Jim- I'm sure I can see front links there.

    Wish we had a pit like that but I gues I would fill it with something else.

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Quote Originally Posted by JimF View Post
    Just a few more pics from today as cleaning it out before we start filling it over the weekend.
    The panels came from a guy Scotch Corner way. Richardson Concrete, I think?











    Jim when needed some panels 2 years ago for corn walls they come from Cumbria del. cheaper than collected from concret panel plants at east side of the of the country.

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    Re: Silage pit cover and refurb.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidroberts30 View Post
    you don't side sheet?
    Not on the main pit, although i dont know why..?! We do on the new pit and its not had any waste in the two years its been in, shall suggest it to dad this time provided the sun doesn't burn what little grass we have!

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