The obvious saving provided by a self-propelled diet feeder comes from dispensing with the need for a telehandler, tractor, and trailed feeder wagon.
However, the biggest savings come from reduction in fuel and labour. A 25 – 30% saving in feeding time is commonly achieved when changing to a self-propelled diet feeder. This comes from the reduced shuttling back and forth to clamps and feed storage areas as the machine is able to collect exactly what is required in one visit. The fast mixing action of the Vario2 auger, coupled with the fact that all the silage is milled as it is collected, also speeds up the mixing process. On multi-site cattle units, self-propelled feeders save even more time and fuel, and therefore money.
Based on 5 hours usage per day, serviced contract hire is available from £1,980 per month for 60 months. Exact monthly payments depend on multiple factors, and a bespoke quote will be generated following an on-farm visit.
Farmers can register their interest for an on-farm demonstration with the Verti-Mix SF diet feeder at the OPICO stand.
Also on display alongside the self-propelled Verti-Mix diet feeder will be a trailed double-augered Verti-Mix and grassland machines – Grass Rejuvenator and Sward-Lifter, also a Maschio Bufalo flail mower and HE-VA Combi-Disc cultivator.