Sept. 12 2017 09:39 AM

New Keith Bolsen Silage Safety Foundation announced at World Dairy Expo

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Dr. Keith and Ruthie Bolsen announce the new Keith Bolsen Silage Safety Foundation. The non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting safe bunker silo and silage pile management, and providing safety educational resources and materials for the global silage industry. Send everyone home safe!
Keith teaching

Keith and Ruthie’s mission is to promote safe silage. As The Silageman™, Keith has had his hands on more silage than anyone, and is a widely-recognized educator. He taught Cattle Nutrition and Silage Technology at Kansas State University, where he is a Professor Emeritus.

The foundation will officially become public at World Dairy Expo, October 3 – 7 in Madison, WI. The foundation’s first presentation, “Bunker and Pile Safety – Get Your Wakeup Call Today” is at the Arena Building Forage Seminar Stage on Friday, October 6, 10:00 a.m.

“The foundation will share the importance of silage safety through proper management practices from harvest to feedout,” says Keith. “Ruthie and I have experienced the pain of injury and death with the family members of silage accidents, and it is our goal that everyone working on a dairy or beef farm goes home safe every day.” The foundation’s website outlines the resources available: printed and video materials, speaker opportunities, training workshops, and scholarships for families of silage collapse victims.

“Preventing silage accidents is a big challenge, and we are looking for donors - both industry and individual farmers - who want to support this important mission,” adds Ruthie.

Keith and Ruthie will be at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin October 3 – 7 to introduce and promote the foundation. Please stop by their display in the Connor Agriscience booth, Arena Building, Space 490 and 491.

Learn more at, or call 512-301-2281 for more information.