by Heath Harper, Roanoke Mill Manager
If you live in the Midwest, you know how unpredictable and, dare we say it, CRAZY, Mother Nature can be. It is not uncommon to see -40 degree weather one day and 40 degrees the next. Even though 40 degrees still seems cold outside, the drastic change in weather can affect the feed in your warehouse. These changes in temperature can cause the feed to “sweat” which is an issue which causes mold and spoiled feed. Feed bags that are exposed to the elements are also at risk of spoilage or poor bag confirmation when the snow melts.
To reduce the risk of spoiling feed during the winter, we recommend to remove the plastic wrap and rotate your feed inventories frequently. Also, make sure that you’re keeping feed away from open doors or keeping the doors shut to maintain a steady product temperature.
Wet bags are also a mess for warehouse inventory. When the snow falls, and the wind blows, exposed bags of feed can collect moisture and bags get wet. Wet bags are also a cause for spoiled feed as well as ripping inventory when loading customers.
Finally, it is important to keep your drive clear of snow and debris for your customers and staff to load out product safely and efficiently.