My Chile Trip: A Chilean Silage Pit

While looking at fields on a country back road we spotted a silage pit.  Immediately I was interested because of the look of the pit.  It was made very low to the ground due to small equipment owned by the farmer.  The other key characteristic was that the pit was covered in dirt and plastic and not tires.  The dirt was quite loose on the top of the pit and was not packed itself.  To feed his dairy animals, the farmer would pull up to the pit with his small wagon and tractor and pitch the silage into the wagon by hand.  Yes I said by hand.   
Here is a picture of the dairy that owned the silage pit.    

Shaun Haney

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‘pitching’ silage by hand – my first full time job after high school was on a farm near Vermilion, AB. The winter of 1973-74 we had no loader tractor and my boss and I fed 250 cows cleaning up a silage bunker approx. 30×180 and 15 ft.deep using a 16-tine short-handle feed fork (Don’t even see them in stores much anymore). No ‘small’ task, but I still have a very strong back acquired from those days! Lesson learned: when money is tight, do what you can do to avoid debt.


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