With practically a whole corner of LAMMA dedicated to livestock equipment, you’ll find everything from tags to TMR mixer wagons.
After the recent collaboration with Italian manufacturer Storti, Keenan’s new vertical auger mixers got their UK debut at the show.
On display on the firm’s stand was a 24 cubic metre, twin-auger VA2-24S mixer. The new lineup of twin- and triple-auger mixers ranges from 18-44cu.m capacity. Features on the new mixer include a two-speed gearbox, tungsten treated knives and Keenan’s InTouch rationing technology.
Vertical auger mixers are available now, with single-axle 18cu.m models starting about £38,500.
The Irish firm also continued to hint that after an R and D cash injection from new owner Altech, several other diet feeder developments could be on the horizon.
Following customer feedback, Kverneland has updated its trailed straw chopper.
The manufacturer says there was a demand for a machine which could provide a further blow distance, and the ability to process bales quicker. With this in mind the firm redesigned the chopper’s flywheel and cross-beater, which now provide a greater flow of crop.
Other updates include an increased tub capacity, now up to four cubic meters, and the electric actuator on the swivelling chute has been replaced by a hydraulic ram to cope with the higher levels of crop flow.
Anderson Group and importer Cliffords introduced the Pro Chop Bale feeder/bedder, designed to process a range of round and square bale sizes using 22 rotors with 264 steel carbide blades – a 1.2 by 1.2m hay bale can be shredded in five minutes, says Andersons.
The Pro Chop can be used to shred forage to lengths of 2cm to 15cm, pre-chop for inclusion in a TMR or distribute bedding. Settings can be selected via a simple switch box and the sequence carried out automatically, monitored from the cab via a camera in the chamber.
It can be handled by an 80hp tractor and is priced at £21,000.
Wessex International launched its latest BFR round bale dispenser and Crossfire bale spreading attachment.
As standard the BFR features a hydraulically driven bed to feed out round bales to the right. Loading the linkage or loader mounted machine is done via a set of spikes which also hold the machine’s headstock and hydraulic pumps. A sprung-loaded automatic unlocking system allows the spike to be removed when the dispenser is sat on the ground.
The firm also launched its Crossfire bale spreading rotor to fit on the opposite side of the machine, which can spread straw up to 10m; hydraulic requirement for the spreading rotor is 60 litres per minute.
Fitted with the Crossfire distribution system, the new BFR model retails at £10,800 plus VAT.
Extending the use of its bale distribution machine, Spread-a-Bale has created an additional attachment which allows it to be used as a feeding machine.
Feed-a-Bale fits to the dispensing end of the machine and folds down in two sections, acting as a deflector, channelling material downwards. When not required for feeding, it folds up on top of the machine in a stored position without the use of any tools.
Feed-a-Bale can also be used to dispense bales into a diet feeder, providing a pre-chop action, reducing mixing times and running costs, along with wear and tear, says the manufacturer.
The attachment can be fitted on all Spread-a-Bale machines dating back to 2001, and is available in two sizes priced from £1,065.
Designed for a longer, maintenance free life, the Shelbourne Reynolds cubicle bedder is now available with a galvanised finish.
Built at Bury St Edmunds and then galvanised locally, the bedder is available in three sizes to fit skid steers, tractors and telehandlers and can handle a variety of bedding materials.
It also features a continuous belt drive system with no joins for durability. Price is £5,400.
Shown alongside the firm’s range of feeding and bedding attachments, the manufacturer showed its AM317 self-propelled cubical bedder for the first time in the UK.
The machine on show was fitted with a 0.7cu.m bedding dispenser bucket, bed-sweeping brush, and a scrapper blade. The dispenser bucket uses two beaters to agitate material and can be lowered and tilted to scoop material from the floor. Both the sweeping brush and scrapper are also adjusted hydraulically.
Power is provided by a 17hp Kohler engine, with a hydrostatic transmission providing a top speed of 14kph.
List price for the self-propelled machine with dispenser, bed-sweeper and scrapper is about £20,000.
Northern Engineering, Dungannon, has introduced a towable Cow Tipper which allows cows or bulls to be handled in safety by the farmer.
Appropriate for jobs such as foot trimming, freeze branding or teat sealing, the towable model runs off mains electric and is priced at about £26,000. Static versions are available under £10,000.
With extendable metal arms which enable animals to enter the device of their own accord, there is also a hydraulic arm which can be placed behind the animal to coax it in and reduce potential health and safety flashpoints for the farmer.
Livestock equipment specialist IAE had its Chieftain and M1000 squeeze crushes on show.
IAE’s Jack Jackson says the crushes, which were launched last year, were proving popular with farmers looking for a way to reduce stress on animals and handle them in a way which allows them to remain calm.
The M1000 has a sliding gate design and the yoke is positioned manually using the smooth action operating handle. The yokes are then able to lock automatically.
JF Hudson, run by James Hudson, had a number of services on offer at Lamma.
One of these was its Cad’n’Cut system which allows laser, water and plasma cutting, as well as 3D printing, to create, modify or repair machinery and equipment. Examples on the stand included replacement stainless steel milking parlour troughs the company had repaired and rejuvenated.
James says: "I am trying to get people to think outside the box and look beyond the obvious solutions, which might not be the right ones."
The company also has a range of building design services, particularly within dairying, which builds on James’ experience working in the sector. In addition, the firm manufactures mini digger attachments, with the CAD drawings being done by James and the assembly by his brother, Michael.
Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) prevention and DNA testing were at the forefront of Caisley Eartag’s presence at the show.
Working with the BVDFree England initiative, the eartags include a small in-built tube which separates from the tag when it is placed on the animal. The tube, which has a unique code on it, is then linked back to the individual animal and can be read by the laboratory when the tissue sample is sent off for testing.
The strip tags start from about £2.10.
Used to keep a close eye on cattle, dairy and sheep sheds, Agricamera unveiled a new system which allows footage to be recorded and stored by the farmer for future use and analysis.
Enabling farmers to keep an eye on animals which might be bulling, or newborn calves, the system can be fitted with thermal imaging technology, which is particularly popular in the poultry sector.
With more than 700 units on farms according to Agricamera bosses, it is also being used in the fight against rural crime.
Farm compliance app Herdwatch, which launched in the UK last October, offers farmers the chance to record their livestock movements and other information whether they are near an internet connection or not.
Costing £130-a-year, it enables farmers to record information such as medicine use, calf registrations, movements, weight gain or breeding cycles on their smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.
With the ability to update in the field or shed, it will then automatically update once the device is linked back in to an internet connection. More than 5,000 systems are being used in Ireland, where the company was launched three years ago, with 100 in use in the UK so far.
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