How to use a forage spreader?

February 02,2024

Using a forage spreader, also known as a silage spreader, involves several steps to ensure efficient and effective distribution of forage materials. Here is a general guide on how to use a forage spreader:

1. Familiarize Yourself with the Machine:

  • Before operation, thoroughly read and understand the manufacturer’s manual that comes with the silage spreader. Familiarize yourself with the machine’s components, controls, safety features, and any specific instructions provided.
Electric Silage Spreader
Electric Silage Spreader

2. Perform Pre-Operation Checks:

  • Inspect the silage spreader for any visible damage or wear. Check that all moving parts are properly lubricated and in good working condition. Ensure that safety shields and guards are in place.

3. Load Forage Material:

  • Load the forage material, such as silage, straw, or other feed, into the hopper of the forage spreader. Ensure that the material is evenly distributed to promote uniform spreading.

4. Begin Spreading:

Self-Propelled forage Spreader
Self-Propelled forage Spreader
  • Start moving the tractor or vehicle across the field in the desired direction. As the forage spreading machine moves, it will evenly distribute the forage material.

5. Complete the Operation:

  • Once the forage spreading is complete, disengage the PTO, stop the tractor, and close the discharge mechanism to stop the flow of forage. Perform a final inspection of the forage spreader and ensure it is clean and ready for storage.

6. Maintenance and Cleaning:

  • After use, perform routine maintenance as outlined in the manual. Clean the forage spreader thoroughly to prevent the buildup of material residues that can affect performance in future operations.
Silage spreading trunk
Silage spreading trunk


Always follow the specific guidelines provided by the manufacturer of the forage spreader, as procedures may vary between different models and brands.

Thank you for your meticulous operation of the forage spreader. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please refer to the manufacturer’s manual or reach out to professional technical support. We look forward to contributing together to the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural operations. Wishing you abundant success on the farm!