Two demonstration days will show not only the improvements in ration-mixing and efficiencies that self-propelled diets feeders have to offer, but also how a unique contract hire package makes could make them economically feasible for just 250 cows
OPICO is hosting the days for the Strautmann range of self-propelled diet feeders and the first will be held at Harper Adams University, near Newport in Shropshire, on March 22. A second demonstration day is planned for Scotland in early May. And details will be confirmed nearer the time.
Each event begin at 10am and include presentations on how the self-propelled diet feeders work and the advantages they offer compared to other feeders, including: improved ration accuracy; reduced clamp wastage; savings in time and labour; reduced fuel usage; lower wear on machinery, including tyres; and improved operator comfort.
Variability in ration quality
Independent nutritionist Hefin Richards will also outline the importance of accuracy and consistency when mixing and feeding rations. And he will be demonstrating how silage quality varies across a clamp face and leads to variability in ration quality – an issue that can be prevented by a self-propelled diet feeder’s mode of collection.
Contract hire package
The purchase cost of a self-propelled diet feeder can be a major deterrent to this concept but OPICO provides a completely different option – a contract hire package, with service back-up. The company’s James Woolway will explain how this essentially fixes the cost of mixing feed for the duration of the hire term, after which OPICO takes back the used machine. Some real farm costings will be shown.
Producers who are interested in attending either event should contact OPICO to confirm their place by calling 01778 421111 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments will be available at the start (10am) and lunch will also be provided.