Self-feeding silage pit decommissioned temporarily for self-feeding

Self-feeding silage pit decommissioned temporarily for self-feeding

Monday, June 1, 2015

An assessment of our self-feeding silage pit was made in 2015, and it was found to be non-compliant. This mainly related to drainage below the pit, with it potentially contaminating a small waterway. With silage already in the pit, a decision was made for the 2015 winter to give hinds access only from one end from a holding paddock above the pit. There was little risk of the hinds forcing sediments into waterways at this site. However, mitigations were put in place to prevent silage drainage from seeping into the waterway below the pit….this included temporary deflection channels to send seepage away from the water course, and a layer of hay bales across the lower silage face to soak up excess seepage.

These solutions were only temporary however, and the pit was decommissioned for the following year. Presently our focus for winter feeding is safe forage crops. The future of the pit has not yet been decided, but if it is to be recommissioned this will require considerable site work to mitigate all risks around seepage contamination of the waterway.