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Silo reconstruction Brings Upgraded Sustainability to Stewart Wurzel Farm

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A dream for sustainability is realized on Stewart Wurzel Farm, Genoa, Wisconsin

Sustainability and simplicity are what Stewart and Ashley Wurzel dreamed of when they started their grass-fed organic dairy operation. With 70 cows and nearly 500 total acres of land, that goal wasn’t attainable with plastic haylage storage bags.

That’s when they turned to Marvin Reiff at Greenwood Silo. After a few farm visits with former and current Greenwood Silo customers, Stewart and Ashley saw and heard the direct benefits of having a Harvestore Silo as a feed storage solution.

“Marvin giving us tours of customers’ farms proved how much he believes in what he’s selling and how much he wants to help farmers with his products.” – Ashley Wurzel

By Spring 2019, Greenwood Silo accomplished:

  • The rebuild and installation of a 20×100 Harvestore Silo
  • The installation of a push-button bottom unloader 

“I had a lot of critics when people heard we were building a Harvestore. Now, after seeing it operate on our farm, neighbors are considering making the same valuable addition.” – Stewart Wurzel

The unstoppable combination of sustainability and efficiency

“Through the years, we spent $50,000 to $60,000 in plastic storage bags. All of that went in the garbage. That amount wasted on plastic essentially paid for our rebuilt Harvestore,” Stewart shared.

 Greenwood Silo didn’t just help decrease food storage costs and waste. As Marvin continues consulting on the Wurzel farm to improve operations, Stewart and Ashley have already accomplished:

  • Simultaneously chopping and feeding
  • Supplementing with stored feed during dry summer months without fearing spoilage
  • Evolving from a two-person, two hour feeding schedule with ag bags to just 20 minutes with one person
  • Increasing the quality of feed given to their organic grass-fed dairy herd
  • Feeding cows more efficiently during winter months without snow removal and starting equipment to access feed

“The time and money investment you put into Greenwood Silo to gain a better product is worth it.” – Ashley Wurzel