Carlow-based Tanco Autowrap have produced a lot of innovative products down through the years and it looks like they might have done it again with the combined bale shear and meal bucket.
Launched a few seasons ago, farmers are finding this a really useful tool because they can now feed bales and meal without having to change implements.
The bale shear and meal bucket is ideal for loading a diet feeder because you can go straight from loading bales of silage to loading the meal component of the ration without wasting time changing implements.
The meal bucket is 300kg in capacity and it automatically locks using a gripper hydraulic mechanism.
After shearing the bale, the plastic and net gripping mechanism retains the plastic and net and holds only a fistful of silage per bale.
Two hydraulic sequence valves allow the gripping mechanism to open when the blade opens fully. In the return action, the valves allow the gripping mechanism to close when the blade starts to close.
The unit is low maintenance with six grease points. Adrian Lyons, sales manager at Tanco, said the Bale Shear and Meal Bucket can be fitted to tractors from 75hp upwards.
List price is €3,300 plus VAT, and more information is available from Tanco on 059 972 1336.