Nirvana Thursday Oct 23 02:46 PM
October 23, 2008: Shucklage
Not everyone works in a cubicle! Part of my yearly work load is to put up feed for the year for our cows. This is what is called shucklage. This stuff used to be the waste product of seed corn production until some realized it makes a high quality cheap feed. We were early converts.
glatt Thursday Oct 23 02:50 PM
How do you unload the truck? Is there something inside pushing it out?
Nirvana Thursday Oct 23 02:54 PM
They have like a conveyor belt system and the truck drivers do the unloading. Very kewl and noisy!
Nirvana Thursday Oct 23 02:59 PM
To compare the cost of hay which has less protein than shucklage; a large round bale of hay is $60-$80 we would need to feed one bale a day and supplement corn @ $4 a bushel @ 2 per day and we only have 30 cows!
newtimer Thursday Oct 23 03:07 PM
You look like you're well-bundled on a clear day in October. How far north are you?
glatt Thursday Oct 23 03:22 PM
And the cows eat that stuff. Amazing.
Nirvana Thursday Oct 23 03:24 PM
It was about 30 some degrees for awhile in the morning and the wind was vicious yesterday! I am in northern Indiana.
HungLikeJesus Thursday Oct 23 03:35 PM
I think that's called a walking-floor trailer.
Pico and ME Thursday Oct 23 03:53 PM
Pico and ME Thursday Oct 23 03:53 PM
And yes, its been cold.
TheMercenary Thursday Oct 23 04:28 PM
Nirvana Thursday Oct 23 05:20 PM
Well howdy neighbor!
Bullitt Thursday Oct 23 05:30 PM
They're also known as live-bottom trailers. We used those in Wyoming at the wood pellet manufacturing plant to offload unprocessed sawdust from the sawmills. They're kinda slow, but much easier than using a shovel as you might imagine.
Aliantha Thursday Oct 23 06:59 PM
Cattle love anything to do with corn. I know my dad always gives his corn shucks to the his cows, so it doesn't surprise me that they'd market the commercial quantities as feed.
Nirvana Thursday Oct 23 07:06 PM
I looked at the last trailer and they are "walking trailers"! They unload in 15 min or less.
WillieO Thursday Oct 23 07:23 PM
In Central California, across the road from where I work there is a David and Son's Sunflower Seed Packaging plant. The trucks of bulk seeds come in, get unhooked from the tractors, hoisted up on one end with a giant crane and the seeds come sliding out! Kind of weird looking, but much simpler than a truck with a built in conveyor belt. Maybe because the sunflower seeds are very light weight, a whole truck is easy to lift?
Nirvana Thursday Oct 23 07:57 PM
Well I really looked in the last truck, its not exactly a conveyor belt. It has four separate pieces of flooring that have planks like giant piano keys they all move forward then about every other one moves back and they move forward then the others move back.
Elspode Thursday Oct 23 08:04 PM
Didn't that stuff just used to be called sileage? Thought it had been around for quite some time.
Nirvana Thursday Oct 23 08:39 PM
Silage is entire corn plants, ears and all chopped straight out of the field.
Elspode Thursday Oct 23 10:16 PM
I've learned something new today! Go, me!
wolf Friday Oct 24 01:33 AM
They had a weird harvester in the corn field across from the nuthouse this year. It sucked the whole corn plant into the front end, then stripped and shucked the kernals off the ears and spewed out the chopped up leftovers back onto the field. When the hopper filled up, they drove the machine over to an open top truck and the kernals got spewed into it.
SPUCK Friday Oct 24 05:45 AM
Yeah, they use walking floor trucks here in CA as moving vans. They can unload the truck in about five minutes without getting out of the cab... Or even slowing down for that matter.
Gravdigr Saturday Oct 25 05:15 PM
ZenGum Monday Oct 27 06:04 AM
Bah, in my day we had to unload the shucklage with pitch-forks. The whole village would turn out for the deschucklaging, like we used to say, and it was a long hard day, but it was worth it for the deshucklage ball that night.
spudcon Monday Oct 27 07:06 AM
I remember that!