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Cement Stave Silo Removal

September 7, 2019

hey everybody its Ryan welcome back to
how farms work many of you may have seen my social media posts about the cement
stave silo at the main farm so we are going to be taking down the cement silo
here because we really don’t have a use for that silo anymore we’re never gonna
use it again and we just decided that it’s probably better just to take it
down and eventually we’re trying to repurpose and reshape this farm to fit
our needs going into the future we aren’t doing dairy anymore we aren’t
going to be using that silo or bunk at any point so we decided it’s just better
just to take them down I do kind of agree with those of you who said to not
take it down because it fits the farm well and it is actually a really nice
silo, cosmetically that is, however if we aren’t going to use it again there’s
really no point in keeping the silo up so the Mennonites just showed up I
didn’t want to be rude and ask whether they’re Amish are Mennonites and at this
point I’m too afraid to ask before they can start taking the silo down they have
to remove all of the doors going down the chute they have to remove the roof
of the silo as well as the unloader and then what they did was put a giant pole
with scaffolding inside the silo that will allow them to stand up on the top
and work their way down taking the staves off bit by bit so what they do is
they put sand down around the silo and they pretty much break off the staves
and drop them off the side they put the sand down to help break the fall so that
they break fewer staves being is that what they’re gonna do with this is they
are going to take the staves and build it somewhere else
which is I think it’s pretty cool they’re repurposing the silo it’s not
like it’s getting knocked down and torn into a ditch I know that a lot of you
probably would have liked to see us knock out the silo and drop it that way
however for us this is a lot this is a much cleaner method of taking it down time to assess the damage so there’s the
winch ladder cage blower tube unloader the doors all the staves a beautiful
unobstructed view of the field how deep do you think the foundation is a bucket
and probably the JCB this pallets out of here and everything cleaned up clean up
the steel and then clean up as much of this foundation as we can pull that post
out and I hope you have to gravel it or what I mean all this line here that
they’re dropping them on will clean up I say we but it’d be nice build it up and
smooth that out well smooth it out and actually use this
as something or even park equipment down here no it’s space around the buildings
or just kind of going at a premium right now just for the amount of room we have so this silo is going up would you say
1/2 mile south of Arthur a mile south of Arthur Wisconsin and it is going they
think it’s going to be made into a 14 by 70 silo one of the guys who is
actually helping take it down was the guy who’s taking it actually there isn’t
that much to clean up you imagine a few that I just did it ourselves one side
and dropped it over they need to have all the all the Rings and you have a
real mess dropped over into the fields and you got worry about debris and
everything out to the field we’ve said pretty clearly so I frame over there is
was actually suspense the unloader it’s it suspended by wire and the winch back
there you just over time slowly lower the unloader down and it picks up the
feed throws it down the tube which was right there you guys knew about this
silo what someone can mean I know about is the other one here’s the chute frames
they had to lower those with that little crane winch system that they had cuz
they didn’t want to break them the staves are a little bit more expendable
and a little bit stronger this is the old barnyard and there’s a feeding
system set up out here for the cattle when we’d let them out of the barn
we’d feed out of the feed out of that it’s kind of incentive to get them out
of the barn and then for the outer barnyard you came and see right now this
is with all the grasses growing up but there’s a spot in here where the
concrete is missing it’s basically just a giant circle I’m pretty sure that gate
splits it right in half there used to be a smaller silo in here and a bunk that
accompanied it and that was for the outer barn yard one of my first memories
was sitting out here with Grandma yeah when we were taking it down of a silo but it started to fall towards
us even though it’s supposed to fall backwards yep imagine two little boys
and their grandma run in the opposite direction that was definitely one of the
cooler things that I’d seen when I was younger so I’m gonna go ahead and count
all of the staves because I’m really interested to know how many there are
how many twenty-eight okay I’m just gonna go through and count them all up
two three four five six so you could say that there were 63 pallets including the
partial ones that’s not including the frames for the chute there’s a couple
pallets of those I see three right there so in total that works out to about 1764
staves that’s a lot and that’s a lot of weight to be moved so that is pretty
much it for the cement silo at the main farm dad said that this was an 18 by 70
and they’re repurposing it into a 14 by 70 the reason being is because there are
broken staves from dropping them off the silo but also the guy who is taking them
only has like 40 cattle so he doesn’t need it to be all that huge so I think
it would be a pretty fun trip to go try to find it sometime here maybe next
summer when we know that they’ve had it rebuilt so that’s pretty much it thanks
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  • Reply Billy Raub September 1, 2019 at 2:09 am

    How much did it cost you or did they do it for the silo

  • Reply ex- Amish Sports September 1, 2019 at 2:10 am

    They are Amish

  • Reply Colleen Robison September 1, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Good for you that you are repurposing!!

  • Reply David Messer September 1, 2019 at 2:16 am

    When you are working with the Amish, do you ever get the chance to sit down and talk to them about their beliefs and what their life is like? Or do they keep to themselves?
    I think they are a fascinating culture.

  • Reply Craig Miller September 1, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Cool video. So it was all done in one day?

  • Reply billreid16 September 1, 2019 at 2:27 am

    That was cool

  • Reply Samuel Walch September 1, 2019 at 2:41 am

    I,m new subscriber glad the silo ain’t going to waste

  • Reply Rightsideofthegrass September 1, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Maybe I missed it, but …. How is the round working platform supported? It always seems to be at the height the men are working to remove the staves and throw them down. Is there some kind of support mechanism that attaches to the remaining staves? How did the platform get to the top before the dismantling operation began?

    We built a concrete stave silo on our farm around 1950. It was 12X36, considered pretty large for our area, for the time. It replaced two 8X30 wooden stave silos. It went up in about a day, … another day to finish off the top, tighten the bands a final time, and getting the doors and chute in place. I think each stave weight about 80#. These look similar in size. How much did yours weigh? The 12X36 silo still stands, but has not been used in 30 years. Harvistor-like silos were not yet available. All wooden ones were being replaced with concrete staves. The wooden staves were basic 2X4 size, 7-12 feet long, tongue/groove top and bottom, part-circle tongue on the edges, all clear wood, well preserved.

  • Reply kb7722 September 1, 2019 at 2:58 am

    Very interesting process. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Weaver Cattle Company September 1, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Amish won't let you take photos of them nor will they allow you to video them and they also don't drive any kind of vehicle with pneumatic tires so I'd say its safe to to say they are Mennonites. We live near the Amish and they have visited our farm and helped us with a few construction projects and we were invited to their farms to see how they operate their dairies when we were still milking cows and sold our milk to the same milk processor 😊

     There will be a lot of silos being taken down in Wisconsin this year seeing how many dairy farmers are calling it quits this year especially in your state.

    The federal government is running the small family owned dairy farms out of business in favor of the BIG CORPORATE FARMS via government subsidizes and illegally manipulating the commodity prices to put them out of business. Its a sad state of affairs when even the Amish dairies call it quits!

  • Reply kb7722 September 1, 2019 at 3:05 am

    So how does that work out? They take it down for free and they get the material? Or does money change hands one way or the other?

  • Reply roadrunner52 September 1, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Those indeed were Amish if they were mennonites they would be in plain clothes like jeans and t-shirts

  • Reply Claude Bradley September 1, 2019 at 3:35 am

    This is so COOL!!

  • Reply dimduk September 1, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Farming changes so farms change, this was a fun video to watch. Everyone profits.

  • Reply Jack Johnson September 1, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Born and raised in McHenry cty

  • Reply Mark Diener September 1, 2019 at 5:12 am

    They are totally amish men i live in a amish community

  • Reply Thomas cox September 1, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I can see where your coming from with keeping it for cosmetics but the chance that it could fall over in a storm and damage a power line or another building out weighs that
    And what will you put there??

  • Reply Tony lee September 1, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Their Most Likely Mennonite If They Are Driving Vehicles

  • Reply David Harris September 1, 2019 at 5:42 am

    All Amish are Mennonites but not all Mennonites are Amish. They all are followers of Menno Simons.

  • Reply Shawn Fox September 1, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Nice to see it being repurposed.

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  • Reply Arishia September 1, 2019 at 7:12 am

    They're Amish.

  • Reply Bill 55811 September 1, 2019 at 7:33 am

    If they drove there themselves they are more than likely Mennonites if someone drove them they are Amish.

  • Reply Mike King September 1, 2019 at 8:19 am

    What a great video. My uncle and I did this a few years ago. Took our neighbors silo down and put it up at our farm to replace our old wooden one. It was a lot of hard work. Also rebuilt the unloader out of parts from 3 local farms. Everyone was happy to see everything being put back in use.

  • Reply Mike Fortune September 1, 2019 at 8:25 am

    You have to hand it to the Amish people they know how to work nice video

  • Reply Brandon Carter September 1, 2019 at 10:24 am

    That was more entertaining to watch that just knocking it down!….. never seen that done before.. its awesome it's getting a second life…

  • Reply Dan Van Hoose September 1, 2019 at 11:54 am

    No hard hard hats required.

  • Reply W.H. Evans September 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    We are glad to see your silo will be put to good use and not just demolished.  We recently had a smaller silo removed by demolition, it had survived a tornado but all the tension bands were loose and the safety of the unit was in question.  In our area there was no known practical alternative to implosion by track hoe.

  • Reply Deutschehordenelite September 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    that was super interesting!

  • Reply S. Pursell September 1, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    I'm thinking they are Mennonites. They are using cars. I live near Amish and they use nothing to do with modern technology especially gas or diesel power. It's all true horse power for the Amish.

  • Reply Joseph Hartoon September 1, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    You have the most during your vids

  • Reply carsontardy September 1, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Did you guys exit dairy because of economics or the younger generation wasn't interested?

  • Reply Stan Hensley September 1, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Taking down a silo this way is very hard work 😓.Crew did a very good job 👏.Not that many broken staves.

  • Reply Bob Smith September 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I'd like to see or know how much power equipment the Amish use now until new one is raised.

  • Reply grassfeeding September 1, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Looks like an amish crew. The bearded men are married, those without are not married. I've worked with a handful of amish and mennonite crews out of PA, and I've only seen this in amish communities….but I could be wrong.

    There are a wide breadth of amish and mennonite groups and many follow slightly different customs. Some conservative mennonite groups could be mistaken for amish to an outsider.

  • Reply William Smith September 1, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    That is so cool.

  • Reply JOHN ALLEN September 1, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    I was thinking WOW no hard hats, but I guess concrete falling that far and hits you straw hats work just as good!

  • Reply Welker Farms Inc September 1, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Sad to see those land marks go but completely understand. Times change operations. Good video Ryan!

  • Reply CuriousEarthMan September 1, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Those silo hoops make really great rebar if not needed for a silo re-erection! Thanks for the great video, Ryan! I never saw that way of a take down before! That single-pole scaffolding with the gantry crane too is quite ingenious, not to mention the sand on the ground! Those guys stacking the pallets are doing the very definition of back-breaking work! If you had a flatbed trailer, you could haul them for them with Big Red 🙂

  • Reply william III September 1, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Amish workers?

  • Reply Niels De Praeter September 1, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Would it be able to demo a telehandler, I think a little one would be theb best option for you instead of a skidsteer, It's also compact, it had a telescopic boom bigger then the teleskid, It's more stable and it is great for pulling trailers with bales

  • Reply BBDcummins September 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Real men at work ! No snow flakes

  • Reply 74amodel September 1, 2019 at 8:22 pm


  • Reply Pat Kelly September 1, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Nice video Ryan, gone but will never be forgotten now:):)

  • Reply david Westervelt September 1, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I think the feed out system for the silos is really nice. We always had to shovel off a cart. I had never seen a feed out system like that. It seemed really nice being hands free basically. hopefully you can incorporate something like it in the new vision. I liked the idea of not so much shoveling lol

  • Reply Greg Kortbein September 1, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    That was cool. I have seen a couple of silos built in the 80’s. Just the opposite way, had scaffolding like that but a 30 horse motor on the winch to pull the staves up. Must be a Madison silo by the looks of the staves. I took a video at the time on VHS Tape. No drone

  • Reply Donald Huisjen September 1, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    You don't tell us if any money changed hands in this transaction?

  • Reply Out House September 2, 2019 at 12:19 am

    No more cows?

  • Reply Krista B September 2, 2019 at 12:22 am

    They are the only ones that could do this, OSHA would fine a normal company into oblivion if they were to try something like this.

  • Reply Out House September 2, 2019 at 12:23 am

    OSHA wouldn’t approve of them not wearing hard hats

  • Reply Maria Hurley September 2, 2019 at 1:14 am

    I'd say Amish. Solid color shirts, suspenders, full beards, but no mustache. The team work was good. Hard workers,but also smart. Numerous pallets being filled at once by numerous people on the ground.

  • Reply William T. Musil September 2, 2019 at 2:07 am

    So cool. I hope one day to see footage of the re-purposed silo in it's new location.

  • Reply generationll September 2, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Interesting to see this silo come down Ryan.

  • Reply Jordan Roberts September 2, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Ryan, I mentioned this a while back, but thought I'd remind you if you hadn't already planned on doing it. You and Travis should do a voiceover flyover of the farms and go through your 'plans' for the future. Building placement, pasture/field layout, crop/livestock areas, etc. Just to give the audience some anticipation of things that might come true one day. Could be an interesting video.

  • Reply Butch G September 2, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Do you have any idea what year the silo was erected ? I only ask because my dad back in his younger days work for Rochester Silo and went all over WI , IA , and MN building silos.

  • Reply Mike L60 September 2, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    thats some hard work

  • Reply Spencer’s small engines and antiques September 2, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    It’s good the old silo is getting really used again

  • Reply twothreebravo September 2, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    So over the weekend I was driving around upstate NY admiring many of theirabandonded/disused cement stave silos and wondering why no one bothers to take them down. Amazing timing

  • Reply Tyson Foulger September 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I believe they are mennonites, but I could be wrong.
    Very nice video and well put together!

  • Reply Brian Demas September 2, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Recycle a silo – How Cool!

  • Reply Larry Nichols 3 September 2, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I live in Michener county il

  • Reply Taylor Alldredge September 2, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I would have Kept It for Corn Silage. It was Paid For & in A Lot Better Shape than Most Silos, and is A Lot Better than the Harvestore. Even if you Never Do Dairy Again, you could still use it for Beef Cattle & Corn Silage and Growing your Farm Revenue through Beef Cattle & Lambs.

  • Reply Randy Kroells September 2, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    You can't even give them away bunkers are the norm.

  • Reply NADJIWON CRITTERCONTROL September 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Great job on the videos, our whole family watch all your videos on the tv so we arent able to comment !!!! Any way you could send our channel out a shout out??? We do a farming, homestead, hunting and trapping channel. Thanks man great job!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply CKD1944 September 2, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    THE WORKERS R AMISH!!!😊👍 Probably 24 inches of concrete 4 footer under silo. Those workers were SUPER EFFICIENT!

  • Reply Brent Reid September 2, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Off to help build the border wall.

  • Reply Tyler Silvis September 2, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    @howfarmswork , these are Amish people. As previously mentioned, mennonite men are usually clean shaven..

  • Reply Andy Groeschl September 2, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    I bet some of those guys are Hirshbergers! Worked in Livingston with them, good guys.

  • Reply Tim Berich September 3, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Those are Amish. Male Mennonites dont dress like that.

  • Reply ChevyLover 75 September 3, 2019 at 12:29 am

    They definitely look like they’re Amish

  • Reply Scott O,Donahoe September 3, 2019 at 12:43 am

    I can guarantee that if you gave it to them for free if something burns down on your farm an army will show up and rebuild it in a couple days no charge !

  • Reply Jared Klug September 3, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Looks very unsafe without harnesses and lanyards.

  • Reply Robert Palmore September 3, 2019 at 1:21 am

    If they arrived in a car, their Mennonite. If they arrived in horse and buggy, they are Amish.

  • Reply Zeus Macafee September 3, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Amish workers, fast and efficient. Make for happy customers. At least they did for us

  • Reply Tanner Yanna September 3, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Hey Ryan I live in Belmont wi it's 7 miles from Platteville and Every time we are in potosi I look for your truck I seen you outside of Platteville driving please get back to me if you have time!!

  • Reply Banjo Benson September 3, 2019 at 3:18 am

    I am surprised they are not using a bunker silo , seems much easier to do all the way around

  • Reply Mikennan Locke September 3, 2019 at 4:17 am

    McHenry county is my neighbor county

  • Reply John Mills September 3, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I admire what you all do on the farms. Always move forward. Youthful enthusiasm is a wonderful thing. I have been farming for nearly 50 years and this will be my last harvest Time for someone else to take over.

  • Reply nattydreadlocks1973 September 3, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Amish. If Osha saw them doing that they would have a field day writing fines.

  • Reply Russ Se September 3, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Some excellent footage watching it fall in slow motion. Thank you for sharing. God Bless from Phoenix.

  • Reply Bubba T September 3, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I sure did want to see it get smashed but im even more impressed that its getting repurposed

  • Reply Dan Finley September 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Awesome to the the silo repurposed love the drone footage

  • Reply smcox1991 September 3, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    “And at this point I’m too afraid to ask” 😂🤣😂 Kind of like my neighbors that have lived by me for three or four years and I don’t remember their names 😂

  • Reply Gerry Van Woerkom September 3, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    was it given for free if they did the  removal ???

  • Reply Steven Danis September 4, 2019 at 1:45 am

    On a former dairy farm which my brother and I owned in Cayuga County, New York, was a pair of old concrete stave silos, one 12 feet in diameter by 40 feet high and one 16 feet by 50. They were in good shape but the tenant farmer working the place had no use for such structures and over time they would have deteriorated. A crew of Old Order Amish took those silos down in May of 1995 in about 3 days. They had an "English" driver to take them back and forth and a work crew of perhaps 20 ranging from teenagers doing the simpler and less dangerous jobs, little kids just to watch the work and learn, and an old timer I think perhaps in his 80's who sat on a chair but still did some work as he could. About the only difference in that job from the one here is that on our place the Amish used old mulch hay instead of sand to cushion the fall. I don't think they broker more than 1 or 2% of the concrete staves, and afterwards I made it a point to go past one of the farms where the silo was rebuilt on the farm of a young Amish farmer just starting out. I recall when they were near the end of the job and maybe 3 or 4 feet from the base I told them I could take care of the job myself from that point which gave them a laugh.

  • Reply Chris Darting September 4, 2019 at 2:55 am

    I guess they didn't want the top……lol

  • Reply Chris Darting September 4, 2019 at 2:56 am

    I think we need a music list. lol

  • Reply southern_ pride September 4, 2019 at 6:39 am

    I'm from central Wisconsin here

  • Reply Gustav Andersson September 4, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    amish paradise 🙂

  • Reply kchall5 September 4, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    You can count on the Amish to make a difficult job look easy. They are masters at organizing manpower, as they are not overly dependent on fancy machinery.

  • Reply international farmer September 4, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    That's awesome there re using it

  • Reply J Guderyon September 4, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    reusing stuff is the best

  • Reply Robert G. September 4, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Breaking a sweat sitting here in my office chair watching the Amish work. They are true army ants when it comes to working as a group.

  • Reply Andy Mouser September 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Great Video…
    It was really interesting to watch how they disassembled it…
    And you know that when it was erected on the farm it took a heck of a long time to do so with having to use some kind of Powered device to raise each concrete stave…
    Now your Dad should Buy a nice Pole Barn structure for storing Round Hay Bales primarily…
    Plus store equipment when the hay bales are gone, or perhaps if its built big enough it can do both…
    Thanx for doing what you do…
    Thanx for being a Farmer and…
    Thanx for sharing…

  • Reply Andy Mouser September 4, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Throughout Central Missouri, we have quite a vast assortment of Amish and Mennonite Communities around…
    Cant even count the number of times i have passed or got stuck behind horse and Buggies going down a country road…
    Not really sure what type of Culture it is, but the adults drive solid black sedans and black vans, cause i used to see them over in West Central Missouri parked at their store…
    That store sells the absolute best bread ever…
    A store 40 miles south of me sells all kinds of goods, farm fresh produce plus operates a Deli which i can attest their sandwiches made to order were delicious…

  • Reply luke strawwalker September 5, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Never seen straw hardhats before LOL:) Seems like they'd DEFINITELY be a good idea! MAN I hated to see that silo cap just dropped off the side and demolished… I've always wanted one of those things to make into a gazebo in the yard… I think it'd look cool as h3ll on some legs about 8-10 feet high… Later! OL J R 🙂

  • Reply luke strawwalker September 5, 2019 at 3:55 am

    (Facepalm…) When the Amish have a better Ford pickup than I do LOL:) OL J R 🙂

  • Reply Joseph Mathers September 5, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Brings back some good memories I hauled them silos back in 1988 for a company Golden Hoop silo out of Riverdale Michigan

  • Reply Michelle Keller September 5, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    My son would like a hat from you! He loves to watch your videos, he keeps telling me he "wants to watch Ryan!"

  • Reply Kris September 6, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Could it not be used as a grain bin?

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