Removing the Silo
Recently we made a decision on the farm to take down a 70-foot stave silo that has been on the farm for more than 25 years. We made the decision because the silo was becoming unstable and very unsafe. The base of the silo was rotting, the hay in the bottom had hardened and the chances of the silo falling were extremely high. It was our responsibility to make sure that not only our animals were safe but also anyone that would pass by it.
A stave silo is a silo that is put together with tongue-and-groove 70 lb. cement blocks and held together with steel bands on the outside. It’s most common on farms. But we have bunker silos now that we store our crops that we have harvested. (You can see us covering our bunker silo here.) Currently the only thing we store in these upright silos is corn silage. Once this is down, it will open up the beautiful landscape.