TMR Mixer Showdown
Farmers at the Wisconsin Farm Progress Days in July got to see a "showdown" demonstration between 15 different brands of mobile TMR (Total Mixed Ration) mixers. A raised platform made it easy to watch mixers perform. Each company had 10 minutes to make its pitch and mix up a variety of feed materials, including haylage, rolled corn, cottonseed, and two small square bales. Afterward, a sample of the finished product was loaded out from each mixer for farmers to inspect. "It was a great way to compare different equipment designs, mix time, horsepower requirements, unloading ability and so on," says Dick Hauser, of Neptune Enter-prises, Richland Center, Wis., who had the idea for the mixer showdown. Hauser distributes the Farm Aid mixer. "I think this kind of friendly competition would work with-other types of equipment, too," Hauser notes.
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