Self-Propelled Demo Day
OPICO is holding a series of three demonstration days for the Strautmann range of self-propelled diet feeders at which farmers can learn of the many advantages of using these machines, and also how they can be economically feasible for herds with as few as 250 milking cows thanks to the Company’s unique contract hire package.
Each event will kick off at 10am, and include presentations on the workings of Strautmann’s self-propelled diet feeders, and the advantages they give: improved ration accuracy, reduced clamp wastage, savings in time (and labour time), reduced fuel usage, lower wear on machinery (including tyres), plus improved operator comfort!
Independent nutritionist Hefin Richards will outline the importance of accuracy and consistency when mixing and feeding rations. He will also be demonstrating how silage quality varies across a clamp face and leads to variability in ration quality – an issue which is prevented by a self-propelled diet feeder’s mode of collection.
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. OPICO MD 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.
After the presentations, farmers will have the opportunity to look around a Strautmann Verti-Mix SF 2002, a double-augered self-propelled diet feeder, and also see the machine in action.
"Cost per litre drives profitability on all dairy farms: self-propelled diet feeders can dramatically influence the daily labour and machinery requirement, and improve efficiency.” commented Mr Woolway.
Self Propelled Demo Days (see below)
22nd February, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset TA5 2LS
22nd March, Harper Adams University, Shropshire, TF10 8NB
2nd May, Rerrick Park Farm, Dundrennan, Dumfries & Galloway, DG6, 4QT
Hefin Richards is an independent dairy and beef nutrition consultancy, passionate about progressive agriculture. Follow him on Twitter @HefinR
Coming from a livestock farming background and following studies at Harper Adams University where he completed a B.Sc.(Hons) degree in Agriculture specialising in ruminant livestock production, Hefin decided to pursue a career in livestock nutrition. Initially working in the compound feed industry as a cattle specialist, and then supporting mixer wagon users in both the UK, Ireland, with secondments to New Zealand, Chile, and France.
The decision was made in 1997 to form Profeed Nutrition Consultancy as a truly independent, farm focussed advisory business. Rumenation now works with progressive dairy units totaling over 14,000 cows, as well as a number of medium and large scale beef units. In addition to the core farm consultancy, Rumenation also delivers project and training work for commercial companies in the feed & forage equipment machinery, pharmaceutical, feed,
Key areas of expertise and interest include:
- Total Mixed Ration Feeding.
- Optimising metabolic health through nutrition
- Forage production and management.
- Alternative forages and crop preservation methods
- Co-product feeds.
- Dry and transition cow nutrition and management.
- Youngstock nutrition and management.
- Dairy unit feeding audits & troubleshooting
For over 80 years Strautmann have been leading the global market for feeding and forage wagons. OPICO took over the import of the Strautmann product range in 2015 and last summer OPICO launched the Strautmann range of self -propelled diet feeders into the UK, bringing opportunities for farmers to improve efficiencies in time, labour and fuel and also benefit from more accurate ration mixing.
There are three models in the Strautmann self-propelled range, with mixing capacities from 12 - 22m3: the smallest is the Sherpa, which is becoming the most popular model in Europe. It is a two-wheel drive single auger machine and comes in two sizes. The other two models are the Verti-Mix Single SF and Double SF (two augers). On all machines the unique Vario2 mixing auger is fed by a 2m wide milling head and a centrally mounted reversible conveyor.
The demonstration day will allow you to see for yourself the superior build quality and performance of our 2002 demonstrator machine as well as the benefits of a self propelled machine over trailed machines and how, with our unique contract hire package, the financials can stack up for dairy units of 250 cows or more.
OPICO's MD James Woolway will explain why he is convinced that self-propelled diet feeders are the future for many medium to large dairy units in the UK. He recently commented "Our financial model shows that herd sizes from 250 cows upwards can justify a self-propelled diet feeder.
If you would like to know more about the Strautmann range of diet feeders click here
Thursday 22nd March
Harper Adams University, Dairy Unit, Edgmond, Newport TF10 8NB
The event is scheduled from 10.00 - 2:00. To help us gauge numbers and confirm your place please email MoreMilk@opico.co.uk or call 01778 421 111.
Refreshments will be available at the start (10am) and lunch will also be provided.
Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Rerrick Park Farm, Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright, DG6, 4QT
The event is scheduled from 10.00 - 2:00. To help us gauge numbers and confirm your place please email MoreMilk@opico.co.uk or call 01778 421 111. Refreshments will be available at the start (10am) and lunch will also be provided.
By kind permission of A F Mcdowall & Company