A new multi-bale feeder designed to increase the efficiency of feed out times is an entry in the Henty Machine of the Year Award.
Entered by TracMac Farm Equipment, the McIntosh multi-bale feeder is able to load, carry and feed out up to four round bales of silage or hay in one load, improving feed-out times in large herds.
The twin ram bale loading system allows the operator to lift and hold the bales above the platform for easy removal of the net and wrap.
This is especially suitable for rotor-cut silage bales which can fall apart once the net has been removed.
The bale transfer system then pushes each bale up into the feeding cradle.
Specially designed feeder slats allow the easy transfer of the bales, but ensuring plenty of aggression for consistent feeding.
The dual sided cradle allows accurate control of feeding out the fodder, no matter which way the bale is placed into the cradle.
The new style vertical drop side feeder chains assist in the prevention of the wheels running over the material.
Other features like heavy duty chassis, walking beam axles with flotation tyres and large storage bins are all designed to make feeding bales quick and easier.