University Silage Clamps8/4/2020
ARK go back to school
In 2018 ARK were asked to submit a solution for new silage clamps at a leading Agricultural University
This was part of a multi-million pound investment in the site, which included a new research centre and teaching facilities.
Initially, several designs were considered and a number of site meetings were held to discuss options.
The entire process took over two years until all parties agreed on a design that would best fit the site and the requirements of the University.
One silage clamp with 3m high panels, 41m long x 18m wide with a back wall holding roughly 2,100t of grass silage at 0.6t per cubic meters was built.
This allowed the University to increase their silage storage alongside their traditional vertical wall silage clamp that is already in use.
As students could potentially be spending time on and around the clamps it was also important the system was as safe as possible.
ARK clamps are built with an earth bank, which provides a safe platform to work from – particularly useful when sheeting the clamp.
What has this meant for the University?
The University can now provide high quality silage for the new cattle units and their students can work on a safe and compliant silage clamp.