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Delivering feed on a feedpad

Machinery can constitute a significant part of an infrastructure investment, so make sure equipment suits the feed you will be delivering to the feed pad.

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Mixer Wagon

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Different mixer wagons have different power requirements of the tractor needed to operate it – e.g. paddle mixers require less power than vertical or horizontal mixers.

  • Match the tractor to the mixer wagon.
  • Ensure the tractor is large enough to tow a full wagon safely on slippery or sloping surfaces.

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Tractor and front-end loader

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  • Fit load cells to weigh ingredients.
  • Cannot mix minerals, feed additives or urea.

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Silage carts

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  • Can have high wastage if cart has a wide feed-out.
  • Fit load cells to weigh ingredients.
  • Cannot mix minerals, feed additives or urea.

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Approximate power requirements for tractors using mixer wagons of different capacities

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