Straut­mann Verti-Mix feed mixer

Straut­mann feed mixer saves drought-af­fected farm­ers’ back-pocket

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Contents -

Drought con­di­tions are strain­ing the pa­tience and funds of farm­ers across Australia, lead­ing them to search for al­ter­na­tives.

Queens­land dairy farmer Peter Men­gel has found some re­lief in his new Straut­mann Verti-Mix 2401 feed mixer. With con­di­tions so dry he can’t even grow grass, let alone feed crops, Men­gel took to a feed mixer.

“I pre­vi­ously used a blue ver­ti­cal feed mixer, which didn’t have the sus­pen­sion to cope with our ter­rain. When the un­der­car­riage needed fix­ing, it was go­ing to cost me thou­sands of dol­lars, so I bought a Straut­mann Verti-Mix 2401 in­stead,” he says. “It comes stan­dard with tan­dem sprung-axle sus­pen­sion, which en­sures a com­fort­able ride in the pad­dock on my 191hp trac­tor.”

The Verti-Mix of­fers the new Vario2 mix­ing auger, which has a unique stepped flight de­sign.

“After I’ve put the last bale in the mixer, the feed ra­tion is to­tally mixed in five min­utes,” he says. “The other ma­chine use to take 20 min­utes, I’m mix­ing four times a day – twice for the dairy cows, one mix for the heifers, and one for the dry cows and springers – so that’s a lot of time saved, and it’s re­duced my fuel costs by $1,200 a month.”

Men­gel has been happy with his in­vest­ment, say­ing his cows aren’t leav­ing any feed be­hind. His Verti-Mix 2401 is mix­ing milled corn, soy­bean meal, bales or sorghum and hay.

Aus­tralian Straut­mann prod­uct man­ager from In­lon Shane Ryan says the stepped flight de­sign on the Verti-Mix 2401’s auger is de­liv­er­ing more ef­fi­cient mix­ing.

“It [Vario2] gives Peter fast low-horse­power mix­ing be­cause the steps lift and loosen the fod­der as it mixes, cre­at­ing a uni­form feed ra­tion with­out over pro­cess­ing,” he says. “Tests com­par­ing tra­di­tional pure smooth spi­ral augers with the stepped flight auger have showed con­sid­er­ably re­duced power con­sump­tion with the new de­sign.

“The patented knife ad­just­ment sys­tem also means it can be adapted to spe­cific con­di­tions, us­ing straw knives, bale cut­ting or root crop knives.”

With sizes from 10.5 to 45 cu­bic me­tres, in sin­gle, twin and triple auger con­fig­u­ra­tions, there is a Straut­mann suit­able for all ap­pli­ca­tions

“The Straut­mann Verti-Mix is a qual­ity ma­chine, and I’m pleased to be rid of the sus­pen­sion prob­lems,” Men­gel says. “I also have large 435mm tyres on the mixer, which min­imise any rolling from side to side on un­even ground, keep­ing an op­ti­mal cen­tre of grav­ity.”

You can mind find an ex­ten­sive range of Straut­mann equip­ment such as for­age wagons, feed out wagons or ma­nure spread­ers from Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor In­lon or from their web­site: https://www.straut­mann.com.au/.

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