A completely new name with a new range of straw-spreaders and stock trailers was on display at the AMES show at the Bath and West Showground this week.
Set up by Somerset dairy farmer Daniel Macey and engineer David Addicott, Warthog Machinery is just two months old but is already flying according to the pair.
The straw-spreader is a loader-mounted machine that uses a pair of hydraulically-driven discs to tease out big square bales and distribute the straw across open, deep-littered yards.
Loading is simple either off the floor or from the stack – just wedge the machine’s blade under the bale, drive forward and tilt the Warthog spreader back once it’s on board. Gravity then does the rest with the weight of the bale feeding straw down to the two spinning discs. It takes just 15-20sec to distribute a six-stringer and the unit costs £6,500.
The fledging company’s other product is a flat-deck livestock trailer that raises and lowers hydraulically to make loading stock a stress-free task. Like the straw-spreader it is completely galvanized. A 6m (20ft) cattle box costs about £9,000, according to spec.
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