The Compact TMR (Compact Feeding), a feeding concept for cattle, is has been discussed widely in the media due to its milk yield benefits. This relatively new concept from Denmark is also being implemented on individual farms in this country. It relies – and that´s what makes it special – on a moist, sticky, homogeneous feed mass. In addition to changes in the ratio, technical adjustments to the feed mixer wagon are necessary. Bernard van Lengerich Maschinenfabrik (BvL) starts right here by offering a variety of extra components for their feed mixer wagons.
In Compact Feeding, concentrated feed is soaked with large amounts of water (1:1) in the feed mixer for hours or even overnight. Only then the remaining feed components are added and mixed until they form a homogeneous, structurally poor mass. As a result, the animals can no longer select the feed, the nutrient intake should thus be relatively constant according to experts.
Adapting the feed mixer is one of the challenges when switching to this feeding concept. The Compact Feeding Plus package from BvL includes:
- Compact Feeding Mixing auger: It is wider, shorter, with an extended blade arrangement and additional auger blade for stronger, more intensive mixing.
- Stainless steel hard surfacing (V2A) on the mixing auger: maintains the edge on the turns and makes the auger more durable.
- Stainless steel-lining Basic (V2A): Serves to protect the mixing trough due to the longer length of stay and longer mixing times.
- Mixing screw seal: to protect the inside of the cone from water.
The benefit of the this system is that it is impossible for the dry components of the forage to be separated out from the rest of the mix, either during the feeding out process or by the cow pre-sorting. As a result, every cow is fed a more consistent ration, resulting in a yield improvement of up 2 litres per cow, in addition to potential improvements in milk quality.
For more information on the Compact Feeding Plus package from BvL contact your local Carrs Billington machinery representative.
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