2014-11-03  facebook twitter rss

Prepare Your Keenan Diet Feeder for the Winter Months

Keenan’s outline key points to achieve optimal machine performance from your Diet Feeder this winter.

Over the coming weeks, farmers nationwide will begin housing cattle for the winter months. This will result in an increase of usage in diet feeders around the country as farmers look to change to a mixed ration during the housed period.

James Dowling, Service & Operations Manager at Keenan

James Dowling, Service & Operations Manager at Keenan

Keenan, the market leader of feeding solutions in Ireland, outline a number of precautions for farmers to undertake in order to achieve optimal machine performance.

The Borris based feed specialists outline that one of the most common issues experienced at this time of the year is overloading leading to unnecessary strain being put on both the machine and the tractor. Another key factor influencing machine performance is the condition of its blades and paddle rubbers.

Overloading and neglect of these components will have massive consequences on the quality of mix being produced by the machine. This will result in an inconsistency in the forage chop length, which will adversely affect the animal’s response to the ration. All of this will have a negative impact on both herd health and animal performance.

With the abolition of milk quota in 2015, many farmers will look to increase herd size. Farmers must ask themselves if their machine can cope with the increased strain.

James Dowling, Service & Operations Manager at Keenan outlines, “More and more, we are hearing back from farmers who have upgraded to a larger Keenan in order to feed more cows per load. Benefits of a bigger machine also include greater tumbling space allowing for a fluffier and more even mix. Every year we see issues such as worn out shafts and broken chains that occur as a direct result of overloading.

“Another important aspect to consider is the condition of the machines blades and paddle rubbers. Dulled or broken blades, and worn paddles rubbers reduce the chopping capability and increase the time required to produce a Mech-fiber® mix. The Keenan is designed to provide an even and consistent chop length. But it can only do this when all blades and paddle rubbers are optimal.”

Dowling provides a checklist for all farmers to consider ahead of the housing period during the winter months:

  • Keep the chains oiled and bearings greased

  • Make sure that the top knives/body blades/paddle rubbers are all in peak working order

  • Make sure that your weigh-box is working properly

  • For Bale handler models make sure that the rubber buffers are all in place on the machine and in good working order

  • Check the Bale handler tines for collar and bolt wear, and make sure that the tine bushes are in good condition

  • For Tandem axle models make sure that the tandem sprung axle pivots are greased on a regular basis

  • Don’t overload the machine as this will not give you the optimum mix required

This simple maintenance checklist will prolong the durability of your machine and ensure ultimate performance. The positives of this will result in fewer breakdowns and increased saving on repairs.

Look after your machine and your machine will look after you!


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