How Geoff enhanced longevity and marketability
In partnership with his father, Geoff Bergmeier manages a grain and livestock operation out of their Woodfalls farm in Lockhart, NSW with their main grain production coming from canola wheat and faba beans.
Located in South-Western New South Wales, west of Wagga Wagga, Geoff explains that he’s continually trying to make smart on his production. “The key to which,” he says, “is keeping down costs and maintaining efficiencies.”
“At the end of the day, you’ve got to stay vital alongside other businesses so you can raise your family.”
Geoff was storing grain in small cone silos with low capacity, which he realised was preventing his business from growing in the way he wanted.
“We needed a silo that would enable us to carry grain for a longer period of time than just 3-6 months, or up to a year in the case of silo bags”, he says.
“It’s a reflection of the way the grain industry has moved over time, it’s gradually changing and yes that part of our program I can see is changing too to a degree.”
“Allied offer sealed silos with aeration, and fundamentally it ticked the boxes in the areas I felt were important,” says Geoff.
“From Allied Grain we purchased two MFS 42-12 sealed silos along with a 13 inch x 92 foot Hutchinson swing-away auger.”
Aside from giving Geoff the peace of mind of having silos sealed to the Australian Standard, he now has the capacity to store a generous 2,500 tonnes. So now he is finally in a position to grow his business the way he wants by storing his grain for longer in order to take advantage of different market forces that might be at play.
“It’s all determined by the market at the time,” says Geoff, “what grains we’re going to produce and what’s necessary to carry for a longer period of time.”
“Some grain markets take a while to improve,” he says, “which means you might do better storing for longer and selling later. That’s what our silo system from Allied Grain Systems enables us to do.”
The new system, while larger than the Bergmeier’s original set up, incorporates features which have made the transition a straightforward one.
“We opted for the addition of a spiral staircase to join the two silos together which makes for easy access and maintenance.”
“We also have custom vac aeration controller and fumigation recirculation.”
With so many competitors offering storage solutions, how did Allied make the grain in Geoff’s decision-making process?
More than delivering on product it was the time and personal attention from Brian Smith, Allied Grain Systems’ On-Farm Storage Manager, which really won Geoff over. Taking Geoff out to see other customers’ silos to see the finished product in practice and give Geoff an idea of how Allied could help his business made the decision process a sinch.
“It was clear they were happy with the job that was done.”
“I thought it looked well-constructed and would work well for my business.”
“When someone shows that kind of initiative, well hopefully that will be reflected in their workmanship and the job they do.”
“Look, every system has its flaws and strengths,” says Geoff, “but at the end of the day it’s the person behind it and the backing you get and the job that’s performed that counts the most.”
Making that move into larger capacity onsite storage has made it possible for the Bergmeier farming family to enhance their productivity and maximise their profits.
Brian helped Geoff through the entire process, from identifying the business goals, drafting the preliminary design right through to supply and installation of equipment and commissioning. If you would like a FREE consultation with Brain to talk about your specific situation and the different factors to consider in investing in a grain storage system, call 0448 827 473.
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