How far would a straw chopper blow straw?

Discussion in 'Machinery' started by Headless chicken, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. Headless chicken

    West Wales
    As above. Never owned one but this year we are having to change how we house our dairy cows so needs must.

    Currently the plan is to have a 100ftx100ft bedded shed and use the old shed as loafing and feeding. Allowing the new shed to just be lying area.
  2. Penmoel

    Penmoel Member

    Our Kuhn Primor will blow 50' plus(y)
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  3. Drive into the middle and you will be able to hit all the corners with a Lucus. I hated mine as a beef farmer, but we will loose house 100 millers this winter, and it pains me to say it, but we will probable use it this winter. Last year we didn't bother.
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  4. Headless chicken

    West Wales
    It's not something we really want to do just more necessity really. I was hoping to buy some really short chopped stuff from a rotary combine and use the bukrake but think it will cost me a small fortune in straw :/
  5. They tred short straw in to quick. Ours doesn't chop it, just spreads it. Could use your new bedder to feed your silage, and maybe some cheaper grain instead of all in the parlour
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  6. Headless chicken

    West Wales
    That's true I don't want it too short but agree just spread.

    Could well do but is that a good thing? That said we are going to be feeding more bales this year so wouldn't be bad
  7. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Welshpool Powys
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    Have you seen spread a bale?
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  8. multi power

    multi power Member

    Sorry to be at doom and gloom but 100ft square will get mucky very quick. Cows will be walking too far on the straw
    There is a pair of identical sheds here, only difference is feed passage is in one shed so 15 ft narrower bedded area, it stays clean, the other side is aways dirty, especially the first 15 ft closest to feed passage
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  9. newholland

    newholland Member

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  10. More to life

    More to life Member

    That's what I've found too, you end up with less cows using more straw. My best guess would be 90 cows using 1t of straw a day in a square shed . My Teagle will blow 50 feet in one direction and maybe 30 in the other.
  11. wr.

    wr. Member

    Our old teagle used to easily blow 50'. The primor we've got now struggles at 45' when she's absolutely flat out.
  12. Chae1

    Chae1 Member

    If you run on then on 540 eco or 1000 pto get a fair bit more range.
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  13. mo!

    mo! Member

    Teagle 808(mounted) on 1000 shaft 1500 revs will throw 60ft, but it depends greatly on the straw. Don't try to blow against the wind.
  14. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Our KV will throw accross a 60ft wide shed, running off the pass on the side, I wouldn't try to do more than that.
    Need to be brave and keep it going full chat and keep the spout full.
    As said above 1000pto is the trick, I reckon if the far side of the shed is solid the air blast can't get away and it sometimes can swirl back and affect the coverage, more so in a corner too.
  15. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    East Sussex
    As above but remember a straw blower will most likely smash rotary combined straw to dust. You'll want to source straw that's been through walkers imo.
  16. Will you feed both sides? So could blow straw from both sides as well?
  17. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Member

    worth noting that some choppers dont really like barley straw. chop wheaten all day long tho!
  18. I wouldn't want one that couldn't handle barley. Sounds sh!t
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  19. teagle 404 blows about 20-25 ft
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  20. Headless chicken

    West Wales
    Not intending on feeding in that shed at all to save on cost and complication later incase we get levels wrong.

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