AN £18,000 KD 400SERIES DIET FEEDER

27 August 1999




WIN

AN £18,000 KD 400SERIES DIET FEEDER

WITH more focus being placed on the flexibility and quality of livestock diets, increasing numbers of producers are evaluating their feeding methods and the machinery used to mix their rations.

Being in control is one of the most frequently heard comments when producers explain why they choose to combine straights on farm using a mixer feeder. Being in a position to take advantage of lower cost alternatives according to changes in the cost and supply of ingredients is also a bonus with this type of feeding.

One of the most noticeable changes in the feeding of modern dairy herds is a move towards the inclusion of baled silage, which is frequently chopped and incorporated into complete diets using a mixer feeder wagon.

A provider of complete feeding solutions, Kvernelands Kidd factory in Devizes has been producing feeding machinery since the 1960s, and today manufactures and supplies the widest range of diet feeders available in the UK, through a nationwide dealer network. The service that Kverneland dealers provide is local, reliable and available throughout the year, supported by extensive UK-held parts stocks.

Kverneland has introduced a number of new machines to accommodate the needs of livestock farmers adapting to current changes.

For farmers looking for a low cost paddle mixer feeder, the new KD 400 series machines offer cost-effective mixing of all feed types, but with several advantages over conventional paddle mixers.

The secret lies in the use of an exposed side auger that runs along the entire length of the feeder tub. A patented feature of the KD 400 paddle/auger mixer feeder is its ability to circulate material and thoroughly mix from the front to the rear of the machine.

The special mixing action is achieved by moving the material rearwards with the action of the scrolled paddle, and then moving it forwards via the exposed side auger.

This system has the added advantage of increasing the mixing capacity of the machine, as the auger area becomes usable mixing volume. The auger mixing action also prevents the formation of unpalatable lumps in the mix.

All models in the range are constructed with a Cor-Ten corrosion resistant steel tub, which is lined with thick plastic Ultra-Glide liner to give even more corrosion resistance, and provide a smooth, low-friction surface to aid mixing and lower power requirement.

Kverneland diet feeder competition

Name ………………………………… Business name ……………………………….

Address ………………………………………………………………………………………

Post code ………………………….. Tel no …………………………………………..

Number of cows milked …….. Number of beef animals kept ……..

Current feeder/diet feeder: Make ……..

Model …….. Year of manufacture ……..

Question: Which features of the KD 400 paddle/auger mixer feeders improve the quality of the mix compared to conventional paddle mixers?

Answer: Please select and circle one answer only:

A Ultra-Glide tub liner

B Scrolled paddle and exposed auger

C Left-hand side mounted discharge chute

Usual FARMERS WEEKLY rules apply. Rules available on request from the address below. Fill in the details and the answer and send to FARMERS WEEKLY/Kverneland Competition, FARMERS WEEKLY, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS. Closing date is Sep 24.


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