Wednesday 28 September 2016

Protecting feed from vermin and spoilage

Published 20/09/2016 | 02:30

McAree Engineering are changing the material they use to manufacture V-Mac Silos
McAree Engineering are changing the material they use to manufacture V-Mac Silos

The McAree team will be displaying their full range of meal silos and tote bins in Tullamore this week.

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These include a 16 tonne split bin complete with a diet feeder auger.

In addition, McAree will display three other animal feed silos - a ten tonne, an 8 tonne and a 6 tonne option. At the Lely stand, McAree will also have a 10 tonne, 2.3 metre legged silo with an extra 600mm in the legs and painted green.

Safely storing animal feed is an ongoing concern for farmers in the Bord Bia Quality Assurance scheme or other QA programmes. They have to keep feed safe, secure and free from contaminants.

It also makes good economic sense to protect valuable animal feed from vermin and spoilage. However, animal feed now contains a more complex range of additives so in certain conditions these reacts with the coating of traditional galvanised metal.

This can significantly reduce the life span of an expensive animal feed silo.

With this in mind, McAree are changing the material they use to manufacture V-Mac Silos. From September 2016, all their animal feed silos will be manufactured from MagiZinc, an innovative Chromium free alternative to traditional galvanised material.

All silos ordered at the Ploughing Championships will have the silo body, cone and lid manufactured using this material.

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