4 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Silage Wagon

If you plan to prepare silage for your livestock to feed on during the non-harvest months, a silage wagon will come in handy. There are plenty of silage wagon types in the market today. If you are in the market for one, this article can help you get started in your quest. Below, find out some of the things you need to consider during your prospecting.

Is it new or used?

Silage wagons are available in both new and used conditions. The guiding factor on what to go with between the two is reliability. If going with a used wagon, check the service history to ensure there are no mechanical problems that need to be dealt with. New wagons tend to be in mint condition so maintenance is not a very big issue. In terms of cost, used wagons are generally cheaper. However, compare the features in each to ensure you do not go with a used wagon that has backdated technology.

What's the carrying capacity?              

The size of a wagon matters on very many levels. The most important is just how much silage you can load into it. With a larger wagon, you can make more rounds around the farm before taking your silage to the pit or silo. Size also affects your ability to pull the wagon while on the farm, depending on the size of your tractor. The size of each wagon is described in terms of cubic meters so look out for that.

Does it have a fused chopper?

Some silage wagons come fitted with a chopper while others do not. Those without require a separate chopper to be attached in-front of, or beside, the wagon. Wagons with an attached chopper are easier to manage because they handle both roles (chopping and carrying). However, if you already have a chopper, all you'll need is a wagon. You, therefore, will not have to pay for a costlier wagon with fitted choppers.

What's the unloading mechanism?

If you plan to harvest your silage and store it in a pit, finding a wagon with a tipper is crucial. A tipper silage wagon will allow you to unload all your silage in one smooth move and save time. On the other hand, if you plan to store your silage in a silo, finding a wagon with an unloading chute is important. If you plan to also feed you cattle while they're grazing in the field, a feed-out conveyor will be required on the wagon.

For more information about options like Siwa silage wagons, contact a local wagon supplier or manufacturer.