The Spread-a-Bale stand included a new side-discharge model added to its M series straw bedders.
It joins the firm’s mini front-discharge model launched at the Dairy Event and Livestock show last year and is suitable for tractor loaders. It requires just 1.6t lift capacity when discharging sideways, or 1.75t for front discharge.
The attachment’s hydraulically powered conveyor – which requires an oil flow of up to 55 litres a minute – now has an angled front end to improve spreading characteristics.
Also new on the latest model is a gearbox-controlled belt drive system that avoids the danger of belts slipping and over-heating the hydraulic oil.
The twin rotor system can spread the bale up to 8m, with 40% straw savings possible and bedding time reduced by half, according to sales manager Tom Robinson.
It is designed to be used on telehandlers and front-end loaders on smaller-scale dairy and livestock farms where smaller buildings are an issue.
The company says that the new model can handle round bales with diameters up to 1.5m. It also points out that the straw is not chopped so the amount of dust created is minimal.
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