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Are You Mixing Feed In the Right Spot?

Proper mixing of dairy citations is a key job on fairy farm operations. However, location plays a big impact in how well your TMR mixer can do its job. Where you mix your ratios is important to ensure precision, consistency and to reduce both the cost and risk of shrink. It’s important to carefully manage this process, as feeding is not only responsible for 60% of farm expenses but it’s the major contributor to your cattles’ health and productivity. 

Where your mixer wagon is parked when ingredients are added and mix can significantly impact feed shrink.

Three Areas To Assess

There are three factors you should consider when evaluating where your mixer should be placed: Proximity, environmental exposure and terrain slope 

Proximity 

Is the distance travelled by the front loader or skid steer optimal? Can you reduce it? The distance it takes to travel can negatively impact the efficiency of the mixing process. 

Feeding time, shrink, and costs of feeding can all be improved by limiting the distance travelled by your feed and equipment. Keep in mind that time equals money, running time requires fast maintenance, depreciates the equipment and contributes to labour cost. 

By limiting the number of transfers and distances travelled by feed, you’ll reduce any chance of shrink because of environmental exposure. 

Exposure

Having your wagon exposed to environmental factors like wind, rain and dust can have a negative in the precision of your mix. 

The wind is the major factor that affects shrink. By parking your mixing wagon in an area exposed to wind, shrink will rise. This can be minimised by shielding the mixer around buildings or bunkers. Use the layout of your facility to your advantage. This small change has a massive impact on shrink, which in turn reduces overall feed cost. 

Rain can also impact ration consistency. Changes in moisture content can alter the forage to concentrate ratio. This could result in a lower intake of the national profile which will impact milk production. Follow your weather forecast and adjust your premix preparations accordingly. 

Slope

Mixer wagons are designed to thoroughly mix all ingredients, but in order for them to work efficiently, the mixer needs to be parked flat and without inclination. This applies to both horizontal and vertical mixers. 

Having your mixer parked in an incline will affect the consistency of your mix. Since each ingredient has a different weight and density, unlevel areas may cause the mixer to operate substandardly. You run the risk of having heavier particles, like concentrates, move and build up on the bottom. 

If you follow these three factors we guarantee you’ll be optimising your mixing procedure. 

If you’re searching for reliable and durable feed mixers that are ideal for assisting Australia’s livestock farming industries, think AusMix. If you’re interested to learn more about the AusMix feed mixer range, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team on (02) 8880 7873 or send us an email at Sales@farmtech.com.au

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