Alongside retaining feed quality, consistency is just as important and can be maintained by lining the silage pit with concrete Y Panels and further enhanced with a concrete floor.
"When farmers are mising feeds, the resulting feed needs to be consistent from day to day," Thompson says. "Contamination is an issue especially with mixer wagons. If rocks and stones get in the mixer wagon they can damage the machine, a critical piece of machinery used daily.
Thompson Y Panels are completely self-supporting. This makes them cost effective and easy to install with no special foundations required.
"You ca take it off the truck, drop it in the ground, lime them up, and start filling," Thompson says. "We've had farmers install our Y Panels themselves."
Reinforced with high-tensile steel, Y Panels can be used to store light to high density materials, from potatoes to grain and even fertililser when used internally as a divider in an exisiting building.
The Y shape is self cleaning as it prevents product from clinging to the sides of the panels, and they can be relocated as product storage requirements change.
With the backing of the Thompson Group, with its construction, engineering, and precast divisions, if the project requires larger panels, the company groupd can work with its clients to design and build a precast concrete solution.
Van Leeuwen Dairy Group's new silage pit (stage one completed) uses precast panels and concrete floor, with steps for access between. The gap between the pits in this instance, gives a storage area for tyres used to hold the silage covers in place. Van Leeuwen Dairy Group has also installed Y Panels on an existing concrete pad to store maize and maximise use of the area.
With 400sqm of heated table space in Thompson Precast's Timaru manufacturing plant, a high quality finish and a quick turn-around is provided every time by using steel casting beds for precast panels.
Thompson Groupd has become an industry leader in its 35 years in business, and continues to expand with an increasing demand for its products and services, and a strong customer base from Mid Canterbury to North Otago. As the company's capacity increases, so does its ability to take on projects outside of the region, especially in Christchurch where demand is growing rapidly.
Thompson Group specialises in the design and construction of all types of buildings, with the design team working with clients to create purpose designed buildings optimised for their requirements.
Together, Thompson Construction and Engineering and Thompson Precast offers commercial, industrial and agricultural clients the whole package from initial design to certificate of completion.