First self-propelled feeder goes to work in the UK

The UK’s first self-propelled Siloking Kverneland diet feeder has been put to work for Stephen Potter at Whistley Farm, West Harptree, Somerset.

Supplied by Kverneland dealer Uphill & Son, the Prestige-spec 1612 model replaces a 20-year old self-propelled feeder. It will be used to provide the farm’s 100-head of pedigree blonde cattle, the Whistley Herd, with a high quality ration.

Stephen Potter (centre) with Kverneland’s Dan Crowe (left) and Rob Uphill from supplying dealer Uphill & Son.

 
“We feed our blondes every day with specific rations, and the use of a self-propelled feeder has many advantages for us,” explains Stephen Potter. “The milling head lets us keep a tight face at the clamp to avoid secondary fermentation. It also has incredible manoeuvrability, with rear-wheel steering and a compact overall size, which makes it very easy to negotiate our traditional farmyard and its buildings.”

In addition, he says that compared to using a trailed feeder, using a self-propelled machine does save on the cost of buying an additional tractor, telehandler and a silage cutter.
“A self-propelled feeder might appear to be a high initial cost, but if it is kept for 20 years for example, its cost becomes very easy to justify with smaller herds,” he says.
“As a result, it is not significantly more expensive than a trailed set-up, because a trailed feeder needs additional machinery in support. And, our set-up is based around a one-man feeding system, which is easily achieved using a self-propelled feeder.”

Mr Potter and herdsman Pat Hodge believe this latest feeder, with its sophisticated mixing and feeding capability, delivers consistent ration quality for all animals.
“Giving all our cattle the same quality of forage stops bullying at the feeders,” says Mr Hodge. “And with our plans to develop herd numbers and develop a high meat-to-bone ratio to deliver higher quality meat, the Siloking feeder will become an increasingly valuable tool here at Whistley Farm.”

20th May 2014
 

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