If you are concerned with the efficiency and productivity of your livestock, a bulk feed bin system can make a large difference. Bulk feed storage bins are used for safe, dry feed storage, ensuring the feed does not go bad. Bulk feed bins protect feed from moisture, rotting, or drying out. Ideally, these types of feed bins are made from corrugated sheets of galvanized steel. It has been proven that grain stored in plastic bins is more susceptible to rotting. The type of bulk feed bins we are talking about are most popular with farmers and ranchers who have poultry houses, pig houses, horse barns and dairy barns. Adding a bulk feed bin system will increase productivity in a poultry or livestock operation because they provide the ability to monitor the feed intake of each animal or group.
Bulk feed tanks work best with feeds that have a density of no more than 40 pounds per cubic foot. This style of bulk feed bin is designed for the storage of free-flowing material only. Materials such as soybean meal, meat scraps, and various other materials which are not free-flowing should not be stored in these bins. These food items will rot.
It's natural to accumulate dents in farm feed bins over time. However, this might lead to the need for replacement bins, as the dents can cause the bins to collapse or split during filling. The type of dents we're talking about come from vehicles or owners hitting the lower part of the bin with a heavy object, attempting to free up the flow of the grain inside. Needless to say, some dents put too much strain on welded seams or joins. Common visual cues to structural deterioration that indicate your feed bin may need replacement include bowing panels, deformed legs or joints, and corroded bars or bolts.