In the early days of mechanized agriculture, stalks were cut and collected manually using a knife and horsedrawn wagon, and fed into a stationary machine called a "silo filler" that would chop the stalks and blow them up a narrow tube to the top of a tower silo.
brice Moss wrote:
so are you planning to make silage out of that willow?
I'd love more details as it seems like the sort of food my goats would love
Emile Spore wrote:
Yes, I would like to know if it would be possible for me to grow this willow, where I can get it and if not, where I could get a good alternative. Fedco offers "goat willow" and they claim it's leaves are twice the mass of regular willow leaves. Also could make a nice cut flower.
What are you going to be using to cut this willow? Will you be putting it in stem and branch and all? Will you be mixing it with any other crops?
On another note, perhaps it could be possible to use draft animals to power some sort of grinder and elevator for silage production.