when evaluating your current and future forage storage needs, always consider where your dairy will be in 10 years, advises Brian Holmes, University of Wisconsin extension ag engineer. For example, if you plan to use your current storage and feeding system for the next decade, any new facilities must be compatible.

But, he says, if you’re planning to at least double your current animal and forage storage capacity within the next 10 years, give higher priority to your future storage options than you do the current system.

For more information: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/crops/uwforage/DecidingSilo.pdf