Friday, 18 October 2019 12:55

Diet mixers that go the distance

Written by  Mark Daniel

With dairy herds growing larger comes a trend towards heavier diet mixers and longer mixing times.

So diet mixers must be stronger and last longer.

Kongskilde uses a new heavy duty transmission driveline in its largest diet mixers. It has a gearbox with oil cooling to ensure a constant, optimal operating temperature when subjected to heavy and prolonged loads.

The range consists of 21 basic families with one, two or three vertical augers, manufactured using modular construction. 

The design allows tailored solutions with features such as standard discharge doors and, in the B range, a cross conveyor up front. The X-range has a 4-in-1 cross conveyer belt solution (flat, side, shift and elevator right and left), while the M range is configured for straw bedding and professional feeding.

The smallest models have a hopper volume of 6.5cu.m while the largest are a cavernous 45cu.m, able to supply 35 to 350 dairy cows per load. For example, the VM18-2 Multi suits 105-135 cows per load, while the VM 24-3 can supply 135-185 cows per load.

The company’s mixers can also be equipped with the Mix+ option, a wear part concept
that sees replaceable front edges on the mixer augers. This ensures a more uniform mixing quality over the machine’s life and reduce maintenance costs.

Completing the package, the FeedManager and ProFeed+ software packages gice an overview of the ingredients to be loaded according to a predetermined feed plan and then compares what has been fed. This allows better control and ongoing analysis of the feeding regime. 

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