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Big year for a big bale feeder

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January 11, 2017

The McIntosh bale feeder.

The McIntosh bale feeder.

McIntosh Farm Machinery had a big 2016 with its new multi-bale feeder.

At the 2016 Elmore Field Days, the company received the Weekly Times Best Imported Machine of the Year Award for the multi-bale feeder for its innovative design, unique features and the ability to improve farming efficiency.

Earlier in the year, the multi-bale feeder also won the Tractor & Machinery Association Best Non-Powered Machine of the Year at Farm World 2016.

This has been a great result for the New Zealand-based business, together with its Australian partner TracMac Farm Equipment.

The new multi-bale feeder is designed to load, carry and feed-out up to four round bales of silage or hay in one load and will greatly improve the efficiency and feed-out times for farmers who feed larger herds.

The unique twin-ram bale loading system enables the operator to lift and hold the bales above the platform to allow easy removal of the net and wrap.

This is especially suitable for roto-cut silage bales that can fall apart once the net has been removed.

The bale transfer system pushes each bale up into the feeding cradle.

Specially designed feeder slats allow the easy transfer of the bales, but ensure plenty of aggression for consistent feeding.

The dual-sided cradle allows accurate control of feeding out the fodder, no matter which way the bale is placed into the cradle.

The new-style, vertical drop, side feeder chains assist in the prevention of the wheels running over the material.

Other features like heavy duty chassis, walking beam axles with flotation tyres, large storage bins and remote operation are all designed to make feeding bales quick and easier.

Some owners have now fed out thousands of bales with them and have found them easy to use and able to handle all types of bales, some weighing more than 1200kg.

They really like the ability that they can go into a large herd of cows and feed up to three bales out without getting out of the tractor seat.

McIntosh Farm Machinery will be represented at the Dairy Farm and Machinery Field Days from Tuesday to Thursday at the Echuca Claas Harvest Centre stand (number two) on the main oval, not far from the Blackmore and Leslie Complex.

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