In order to avoid down-time during silage harvest, Georgia dairy producer Paul Johnson hires a local mechanic to service all trucks and tractors every night. It takes him about two hours to blow out all of the radiators and air cleaners, and to check and top off all of the fluids on the five trucks, two pack tractors and silage chopper. In addition, he makes a list of anything he sees that may need attention. Total cost is $50 per day.

There is another added benefit, says Johnson. Now everyone who has been making silage all day can go home and rest. In the past, each driver was responsible for maintaining his own equipment — and when drivers were tired, they could easily miss something.