How far would a straw chopper blow straw?

Location
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.
 
Location
West Wales
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.
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 :/
 
Location
West Wales
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
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
 

multi power

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Location
pembrokeshire
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
 

newholland

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Location
England

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Location
Somerset
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
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.
 

mo!

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Location
York
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.
 

fermerboy

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Location
Banffshire
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.
 

milkloss

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Livestock Farmer
Location
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.
 

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