3 September 1999



WITH more focus being placed on the flexibility and quality of livestock diets, increasing numbers of farmers 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 farmers 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.

To handle whole bales of silage, the KD 600-2 auger feeder employs two heavy duty contra-rotating augers fitted along their entire length with square section knives, working against a centrally mounted, serrated counter knife to cut and mix the long fibre in the bales.

With four models offering mixing capacities of 8.5, 10.5, 12 and 14m3, the KD 600-2 will produce a very high quality mixed ration from any type of feed, in any format.

All models in the range are constructed with Cor-Ten corrosion resistant steel tubs, which are lined with thick plastic Ultra-Glide liner adding more corrosion resistance, and providing a smooth, low friction surface to aid mixing and lower power requirement. &#42

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