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British Farmerís TMR Mixer Bucket
Stephen Davies says farmers with smaller livestock operations donít need large mixing equipment to feed their stock, so he built equipment of his own design to meet his needs. Daviesí new device, called the Dtec200, is a combination shear/grab and TMR feeding bucket that mounts on a tractor loader. It grabs slices of silage or round bales and mixes those materials with minerals or other supplements with a rotating paddle.
††††Davies is a trained engineer with 35 cattle and 65 sheep on his farm, so his new mixer bucket is exactly what he needs to produce small batches of mixed feed. It operates with tractor hydraulics.
††††The Dtec200 bucket is made with laser-cut steel that Davies fabricated and welded in his shop. A hydraulic motor runs the rotor and paddles that pull materials into the mixing drum. When the bucket is closed, the rotor engages to move material across and through stationary knives on the inside of the bucket. Feed materials are cut and mixed in the process. Davies modified his prototype by adding a small door where minerals or cereal grains can be added during the mixing process.
††††After the materials are completely mixed, the clamshell is opened and the auger reverses, unloading the feed. Davies has built three sizes of the Dtec to accommodate different size livestock operations.
††††Daviesí invention earned him the distinguished Young Engineer Award at the UKís 40th anniversary LAMMA agriculture show in 2022 and provided several inquiries from interested buyers. Two companies offered to buy and produce his device. However, Davies has chosen to manufacture and market the product himself through his new company, Davies Technology. Two prototypes are being tested by local farmers and Davies says orders are being taken for products to be delivered in fall 2023.
††††Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Stephen Davies, Davies Technology, The Crest, Four Crosses, Llanymynech, Powys SY22 6QZ (stephen@daviestech.co.uk; www.daviestech.co.uk).

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2023 - Volume #47, Issue #3