Feed Storage Guidelines

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  1. Store all feed in closed bags at a cool and dry place
  2. Keep feed dry to prevent fungal or bacterial growth
  3. Prevent rodent or insect entry into feed
  4. Provide a building for storage which is secure and can be adequately locked.
  5. Ensure that its roof will protect the feed from rain and that surface water cannot enter the store.
  6. Provide it with ventilation points (windows are not necessary or recommended).
  7. Ventilation entry points should be low on the side facing the prevailing wind and high on the opposite side.
  8. Orient the building so that one of the long sides faces the prevailing wind.
  9. Ensure that all entry points are meshed to prevent entry by birds, rats etc.
  10. Plan your purchases carefully so that you do not need to keep too great a quantity in stock.
  11. Always keep the store clean. Floors and walls should be regularly swept. Spilled material must be removed and the contents of broken bags or containers used first.
  12. Cleared areas of the store must always be cleaned before new materials are placed there.
  13. Arrange your store so that new deliveries are not put in front of old stocks. The oldest materials must be used first.
  14. Make small stacks. Large stacks of sacks lessen insect damage, which occurs mainly at the surface, but cause heat generation, with other consequential damage.
  15. If possible, raise the sacks off the ground by stacking them on wooden pallets (platforms).
  16. Ensure that products are clearly and indelibly labelled so that those drawing from the store are sure that they are drawing the correct products (some look very similar when ground) from the oldest batch.
  17. Don’t walk on the stacks of compounded feeds unnecessarily. This will break the pellets on the surface and lead to the production of a lot of wasteful fines (dust).
  18. Don’t allow sacks to rest against the outer walls of the store – leave a space between the stacks and the wall.
  19. Don’t allow staff to sleep or eat in the feed store
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