New mixer a solid investment: ‘Cows just wolfed up the feed’
The Weekly Times | 15th June, 2016 | Justin Law
GETTING consistency in feed ration for his dairy herd was the driver behind Tristan Mulhern making a significant investment in a Sitrex Virage 200 self-propelled feed mixer.
It’s believed to be the only machine of its kind in Australia and was the final part of a plan to greatly reduce feed wastage and improve his milk solid yield from 500 Holstein cattle on his Inman Valley, South Australia, dairy.
The first step six years ago was to reduce feed costs by incorporating potatoes and citrus that he mixed in a trailed wagon and fed out under the fence line in the paddock.
The saving he achieved paid for the wagon in two years and then the cost of installing a concrete feed pad three years ago was recouped in 18 months through reduced wastage.
“We used to get 30 per cent wastage feeding under the fence line, but now it’s about 4-5 per cent because cattle aren’t trampling it in,” Mr Mulhern said.
Innovation helps consistency
Stock Journal | 19th May, 2016 | QUINTON MCCALLUM
THE recent purchase of a self-propelled feed mixer has continued a history of innovation and smart management at Hilltop View dairy, Inman Valley.
Three years after investing in a concrete feedpad – reducing feed wastage by 20 per cent to 30pc – dairyfarmer Tristan Mulhern recently bought a Sitrex Virage 200 from Italy to replace the property’s Jaylor mixing wagon.
Mr Mulhern said the feeding time of their 500 Holsteins had been cut in half and they had used less diesel because the Sitrex mixer didn’t require two tractors during the feeding process, unlike the Jaylor.