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    Feedbeet Handling

Feedbeet Handling

Beets in Barn Feeding

The use of beets in barn feeding requires not only storage, but also proper handling. Handling means cleaning, chopping of beets and mixing with other feeds. Cleaning can be done either dry or wet. There are a number of types of machines for chopping. Finally, the beets will most likely be mixed with other feeds. Processing can be done as part of fresh feeding or in preparation for beet ensiling.​


It is often referred to as the main disadvantage for beet feeding that the beet grow in the soil and therefore requires efforts for cleaning. However, it should be reminded that even cut grass or maize for silage may contain considerable amount of soil (some findings 3-5 % soil). Carefully cleaned beet may contain less than 5 % soil. The efforts required for beet cleaning depends on soil type, occurrence of stones and harvest conditions.​

Good to know about Cleaning

Chopping beet​

For obvious reasons, beets that are fed to animals must be chopped. For two reasons: First, chopped beets are easier for animals to eat. Second, chopped beets (when chopped relatively small) provide uniform feeding and prevent selection by animals during feeding. The size of chopped beets should ideally be no larger than 3-5 cm.​

Good to know about Chopping Beet​