Esau, C. A.
St-Laurent, A. M.
Misener, G. C.
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Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Truro, Canada.
Applied Engineering in Agriculture
Silage conservation experiments using silo bags require that the tunnel of the silage compactor be cleaned between treatments and that compactioncompactionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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be maintained in the closing-end of the silo bag. Over 1 t of forage, compacted to a density of approx. 700 kg/m3
, remains in the tunnel after loading the silo bag. This material is normally discarded, or manually loaded into available storage space at the closing end of the silo bag. A mechanical clean-out device for removing forage remaining in the tunnel of a silage compactor and placing it in the silo bag was designed and tested. The design of the clean-out device consisted of a blade fitted inside the compactor tunnel without interfering with its operation. At the completion of the filling operation, 2 hydraulic cylinders powered by tractor hydraulics swing the blade through the tunnel thereby moving the forage into the silo bag. The clean-out device reduced DM losses due to spoilage at the closing-end and the time and labour required to close a bag.
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cleanerscleanersSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
see more details, compactioncompactionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
see more details, equipmentequipmentSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
see more details, SilagesilageSubject Category: Commodities and Products
see more details, Silage makingsilage makingSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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