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  • Clean-out device for silage compactor.

    Author(s) : Esau, C. A.St-Laurent, A. M.Misener, G. C.

    Author Affiliation : Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Truro, Canada.

    Journal article : Applied Engineering in Agriculture 1990 Vol.6 No.1 pp.29-31 ref.11

    Abstract : 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.

    ISSN : 0883-8542

    Record Number : 19902445669

    Language of text : English

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    Descriptor(s) : cleanerscleanersSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , compactioncompactionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , equipmentequipmentSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , SilagesilageSubject Category: Commodities and Products
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    , Silage makingsilage makingSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    Identifier(s) : ensilage, ensiling