Storage of Liquid Feeds

The production of a liquid stockfeed is achieved using advanced technology to create a product that is uniformly mixed and delivered in suspension or solution. We achieve this using industry best practice and customers need to ensure that the on-farm storage and use of these products is up to industry best practice to ensure the integrity of the formulation.

General

Suspension technology keeps insoluble ingredients, including active veterinary chemicals, uniformly mixed for the medium term of one month. These ingredients can slowly settle over time and lead to layering if not recirculated.

Storage temperatures should remain below 40°C to prevent any potential chemical reactions taking place and to help minimise vitamin loss (if added).

Additional water should not be added during storage of Riverina Liquid Feed products as this can lead to microbial fermentation occurring and destroy the integrity of the suspension supplement. Excessive condensation can also lead to fermentation issues.

By following our recommended practices below, will help ensure that your product remains homogenous and you obtain the best value from using a Riverina product.

Bulk Storage – Large Scale Users

  • Silos should have a sixty (60) degree cone. Flat bottomed tanks are not to be used.
  • A recirculation system must be installed. Riverina can offer advice on installing these systems.
  • Liquid feeds must be recirculated daily, even when no feed is used. Recirculate no less than ten (10) minutes, moving no less than 1% of the contents per minute from the bottom to the top of the tank. On days when the liquid feed is being used recirculate as above immediately before use.
  • Tanks are to be cleaned or thoroughly flushed every six (6) months.

Bulk Storage – Distributors

  • Silos should have a sixty (60) degree cone. Flat bottomed tanks are not to be used.
  • A recirculation system must be installed. Riverina can offer advice on installing these systems.
  • Liquid feeds must be recirculated daily, even when no feed is used. Recirculate no less than ten (10) minutes, moving no less than 1% of the contents per minute from the bottom to the top of the tank. On days when the liquid feed is being used recirculate as above immediately before use.
  • Distributor tanks should be cleaned or thoroughly flushed every six (6) months.
  • If dispensing into modules, they should be thoroughly cleaned to food grade standards with particular attention paid to agricultural chemical cleaning requirements.
  • Trucks are to be flushed between different products.
  • Trucks must be routinely cleaned to ensure no build-up of product occurs.

Modules

Smaller users who purchase 1 tonne modules from a distributor or Riverina should only purchase as required, on a monthly basis.

  • Recommended maximum storage is one (1) month from dispensing.
  • Modules should be kept under shelter to minimise excessive heating & cooling that can increase the rate of deterioration of the product or module.
  • If extended storage occurs (>1 month) the product should be recirculated by pump on a monthly basis for at least thirty (30) minutes. The product should be used as quickly as possible.
  • If pumps are unavailable an “air wand” can be used to bubble the product. This method will help stir the product but cannot effectively mix any layering of product that will occur with extended storage.

Tubs and Self-Feeders on Pasture

  • Recommended maximum storage is one (1) month from delivery.
  • Tubs should be routinely checked on at least a weekly basis and any foreign material removed (eg. leaves, dust, dead animals, birds etc).
  • Immediately after rain the excess water on the top should be removed and the product stirred manually to thoroughly mix the product.
  • If stock stop eating the product when there is an abundance of green grass the product should still be stirred on a monthly basis.
  • Tubs should be cleaned between use or every six (6) months. Any solid material in the bottom should be discarded.