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Feed Scraper Boxes Up Waste
The Silo Crab from JF Hudson in England cleans up waste feed fast and easily. Side panels on the bucket direct material into the bucket and then close up at the end of the aisle to hold it in.
“Conventional buckets have to push into a barrier or be manually loaded at cross aisles,” says James Hudson, JF Hudson. “The Silo Crab does it all. Waste feed for a group of cows can be weighed and the ration adjusted accordingly.”
Philip Metcalfe, a British dairyman, came up with the idea. As with past projects, he turned to JF Hudson, a custom design and fabrication business to make the idea reality.
The Silo Crab is available in 5 and 7-ft. bucket widths. The 5-ft. bucket holds nearly 1 1/2 cu. yds. and weighs 2,380 lbs. Each side panel is half the width of the bucket. The 7-ft. bucket has a capacity of 3 2/3 cu. yds. and weighs 2,771 lbs.
Side panels on the buckets open and close hydraulically and can be adjusted on the go. A bright orange tube on the end of panels is a replaceable steel wear part. As the bucket travels down the feed aisle, it acts as a bumper, preventing the panel edge from binding against an obstruction. Rubber webbing on the bottom rides over fixed objects while scraping the surface clean.
Silo Crabs are available on order from JF Hudson. They start at $7,852 (USD).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, JF Hudson, Ruswick Grange, Newton le Willows, Bedale, North Yorkshire United Kingdom DL8 1TG (ph 07803 765440; james@jfhudson.co.uk; www.jfhudson.co.uk).

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