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
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."