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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Labour saving devices for the winter feeding season

Farming can be very tough on the body. Here the Farming Independent takes a look at some of the latest machines to hit the market that will help make life easier and safer during this winter feeding season

SIMPLISTIC: The McHale Rs4 is a simple machine where one spool controls the knife and gripper arms. The Rs4 is priced at €3,100 plus VAT. When the fodder is dispensed, the plastic and netwrap is retained by the machine
SIMPLISTIC: The McHale Rs4 is a simple machine where one spool controls the knife and gripper arms. The Rs4 is priced at €3,100 plus VAT. When the fodder is dispensed, the plastic and netwrap is retained by the machine
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

As the winter feeding season hits full swing, baling specialists McHale is introducing a new patented bale splitter.

The McHale Rs4 bale splitter is claimed to be a versatile solution for farmers who feed a lot of round bales.

The machine can split the bale, dispense the fodder at the feed area and retain the plastic and net wrap, before releasing it at the recycling area.

The Rs4, which is priced at €3,100 plus VAT, can also be used to push in silage.

In comparison to some of their previous machines, this latest innovation from the prolific Mayo manufacturer is quite a simple piece of kit, with one spool controlling the knife and gripper arms.

All the tractor driver has to do is control the cutting knife. When the knife is moved to its highest position, the gripper arms move to their outermost position to either facilitate bale loading or plastic and net release after the fodder is dispensed.

Paul McHale, marketing manager at McHale said: "When the Rs4 goes to the stack, it can quickly and efficiently take bales from the stack without damaging surrounding bales.

"The bale splitter takes the bale as it sits in the stack and this is the machine's natural splitting position, which eliminates the need to drive around the bale and reposition the machine before splitting."

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Once the bale is out of the stack, the operator can move the knife down, which will automatically move the gripper arms under the bale.

This secures the bale for transport to the feeding area, where the operator can split the bale.

HYDRAULIC

The knife is controlled by a large hydraulic ram. When the knife cuts through the plastic and fodder, the two halves of the bale separate and the plastic and/or net is forced down onto the gripper arms by the weight of the fodder.

The loader can then be tilted so that the fodder falls to the feeding area.

The McHale Rs4 bale splitter can be used to feed bales in the field, in feed passages or, alternatively, into diet feeders.

"For tub or diet feeders, wrapped bales no longer need to be cut by hand, which makes it easier and safer to fill feeders directly," said Mr McHale.

"We think the bale splitter will save time and make feeding faster, easier and safer for farmers this winter."

Irish Independent