Storage of Dry Stockfeed

Bagged Feeds – Resellers

Riverina manufactures a wide range of feed to meet the nutritional needs of your customer’s birds & livestock. To ensure your customers obtain best performance from our feeds we recommend you store it correctly.

  • Store in a Covered Area – heating & cooling due to exposure to direct sunlight will lead to increased rate of vitamin/medication deterioration, and more importantly sweating inside the bags which can accelerate mould development.
  • Ventilation – All sheds should be well ventilated. Sealed sheds can lead to increased temperatures and high humidity which will increase feed deterioration.
  • Dry Conditions
    • Storage must ideally be in a shed up off the ground on a pallet or racking with a concrete floor. Water should never pool under pallets.
    • Dirt floors are not recommended as they may lead to bagged product absorbing moisture.
    • In hot humid areas the shelf life will be reduced.
  • Stock Rotation – is essential to ensure old stock is used first. The aim should always be to minimise stock levels so your customers always receive the freshest stockfeeds.
  • A mould inhibitor is included in all our bagged prepared feeds. This will help achieve our Best Before/Expiry Dates when coupled with good storage practices.
  • Vermin can be a problem therefore a regular baiting program is recommended.
  • Industry Best Practice should always be followed and with preventative measures in place a good shelf life on bagged products will be achieved.

Bagged Feeds – End Users

Riverina manufactures a wide range of feed to meet the nutritional needs of your birds & livestock. To ensure you obtain best performance from our feeds we recommend you store it correctly.

  • Ideally tip the feed directly into a plastic bin that can be securely sealed with a lid.
  • Always use up old feed completely before emptying a new bag into the bin.
  • Old square style timber bins need a tight fitting lid to ensure vermin/birds cannot access the feed. Pay particular attention when cleaning these bins to ensure there is no feed left in the corners of the bin. If not cleaned this could lead to mould problems.
  • Store in a Covered Area – heating & cooling due to exposure to direct sunlight will lead to increased rate of vitamin/medication deterioration, and more importantly sweating inside the bags or storage bins and can accelerate mould development.
  • Ventilation – All sheds should be well ventilated. Sealed sheds can lead to increased temperatures and high humidity which will increase feed deterioration.
  • Dry Conditions
    • Storage must ideally be in a shed up off the ground on a pallet or racking with a concrete floor. Water should never pool under pallets.
    • Dirt floors are not recommended as they may lead to bagged product absorbing moisture. Do not store feed directly on dirt floors.
    • In hot humid areas the shelf life will be reduced.
  • Stock Rotation – is essential to ensure old stock is used first.
  • A mould inhibitor is included in all our bagged prepared feeds. This will help achieve our Best Before/Expiry Dates when coupled with good storage practices.
  • Vermin can be a problem therefore a regular baiting program is recommended.
  • Industry Best Practice should always be followed and with preventative measures in place a good shelf life on bagged products will be achieved.

Bulk Feed – Silos

  • Silos must have a sixty (60) degree cone on stable footings.
  • Silos need to be compliant with relevant industry safety standards (e.g. safety ladders/cages etc).
  • Silos must be vented to allow moisture/heat to escape.
  • Silos should be checked on a regular basis for feed hang ups & insect pests.
  • The area around silos should be safe & free from obstructions such as power lines for ease of unloading.
  • Silos need to be clearly identified to ensure the correct feed is unloaded into the correct silo.
  • Lids need to be easily removed and operable from the ground.
  • Silos must be regularly checked for maintenance and cleaned out every six (6) months.

Bulk Feed – Self-Feeders

  • Self-feeders need to be on level stable ground.
  • Self-feeders must be compliant with relevant industry safety standards (eg. safety ladders etc).
  • Troughs should have any caked/stale feed build up removed daily.
  • A piece of wire should be run along the feed outlet gap daily to ensure feed remains free flowing.
  • Self-feeders must be checked on a daily basis for feed hang ups & insect pests.
  • The area around self-feeders must be safe & free from obstructions such as power lines for ease of unloading.
  • Self-feeders need to be clearly identified to ensure the correct feed is unloaded into the correct feeder.
  • Lids need to be easily removed and operable from the ground.
  • Self-feeders must be regularly checked for maintenance and cleaned out every month.