1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Baler hopper adds grain, supplements to baleYou can "beef up" the quality of your big round bales by adding grain or other supplements to big round bales as they're formed with a new add-on hopper for big balers.
Dugdales Ltd., developed the hopper for their own bale additive called Sweet'N Dry, a preservative for high-moisture big round bales that also boosts nutritional value. Sweet `N Dry is added to hay baled at moisture contents as high as 80% or more. It absorbs 21/2 times its weight which keeps nutrient-rich liquids from running out of wet bales. It also promotes fermentation which produces acids that act as a bale preservative. Sweet `N Dry is added at a rate of 5 to 30 kg. per bale, depending on moisture content.
Dugdales representative Alan Sayle, told FARM SHOW the add-on hopper can also be used to add grain or other granular supplements to bales. "It could be an excellent way to add protein to bales eliminating the need to feed supplements to livestock later on," he notes.
Four tubes feed material into the bale chamber. The hopper is powered by a 12-volt electric motor that's automatically activated by the bale chamber. The hopper is designed to fit Deere, Vermeer, Vicori, Welger, and Krone balers. It could be adapted to other balers.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, B. Dugdale & Son Ltd., Bellman Mill, Salthill, Clitheroe, Lancs. BB7 1QW England (ph 0200 27211).
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