From the outside, the Anderson Pro-Chop 150 bale processor looks like any similar machine used for preparing bedding and feed – but inside, things are a little different, with a cutting mechanism that can be set to reduce baled straw and forage to different lengths.
The Pro-Chop 150 imported D Clifford & Sons can handle round and big square bales, positioned on the feed-in deck by loader or scooped up by reversing up to the bale with the tailgate ramp lowered.
The processing rotor has 22 rows of 264 knife section blades arranged in a spiral, with a steel comb regulating contact with the bale along with the reversible steel slat conveyor.
A retractable top gate allows material to pass through to the discharge rotor more or less intact; a retractable counter-knife reduces chop length; and a removable re-cutter screen is positioned behind the knife rotor to further reduce chop length when processing straw.
A remote camera provides a view of the bale chamber and the machine’s 270-deg rotation discharge chute dispenses bedding into cattle yards or forage into troughs or down the side of a feed passage.
A tractor with 80hp, 540rpm pto and 45-/litres/min oil flow will handle the machine, says Andersons.