Coping During the Winter Months
WAMEGO, Kan. ‒What does the 2012-2013 cold weather prediction mean for farmers, ranchers and commercial feeders this year? It means intensive labor will be on the rise, once the snowfall hits your cattle's feed bunks. According to the 2013 Farmer's Almanac prediction, temperatures are bound to be much colder this year with snowfall expected to be above normal. With winter right around the corner, the image of feeding cattle during snowy conditions still has probably not yet fully entered the minds of America's farmers, ranchers and commercial feeders. But once the snow hits, cattle feeders will face the brutal challenges of feeding their cattle the hard way: removing snow hand-over-hand, shovel-after-shovel.
"You've spent enough time making sure that you have plenty of feed supply and have been working hard to make sure that your feed is up to industry standards, so why put in such time and energy if the snowfall could wash away your efforts?" asks Carl Williams, agriculture product specialist. Just imagine...the wind blowing, snow falling and watching all of your feed bunks fill up.
Increase Feed Lot's Cattle Feeding Efficiency
click image to zoom Between your feed bins already being encased with saliva and the impending wet weather, you're in for a challenge trying to clean the bunks before the feed spoils. An easy solution to cleaning the snow from the bunk lines? The Dymax Feed Bunk Sweeper.
This easy-to-control machine cleans the bunks at a rate of walking speed, and is not nearly as labor intensive as using a scoop shovel to clean the bunks. Not only does feeding require less time, but also the feed quality is maintained. Curtis Haefner of the Dymax team shares, "newer technology has shown that steel-free, replaceable bristles are becoming of more interest to feed lot owners because steel no longer gets into the feed," preserving the feed's quality and your cattle's health.
Since it is vital that cattle take in more nutrients to stay warm during the winter, any loss or damage to the feed can make a dent in your wallet fast. Cleaning the bunks in such an efficient manner, will prevent cattle from eating old grain, allowing you to keep your cattle healthy throughout the winter months. Given the anticipated cold conditions this year, your cattle will need the extra nutrients.
About the Feed Bunk Sweeper
The Dymax Feed Bunk Sweeper for Skid Loaders and Small Wheel Loaders features a high torque, low speed hydraulic motor that drives the sweeper head. The manually adjustable arm enables the Dymax Feed Bunk Sweeper to be used with all types of bunks. Heavy duty bristles and a high quality motor ensure satisfactory operation in all feed conditions. Dymax Feed Bunk Sweeper for Skid Loaders and Small Wheel Loaders features a high torque, low speed hydraulic motor that drives the sweeper head. The manually adjustable arm enables the Dymax Feed Bunk Sweeper to be used with all types of bunks. Heavy duty bristles and a high quality motor insure satisfactory operation in all feed conditions. The support arm features a telescoping boom, which adds to the flexibility of the unit in working in different sized bunks or on a variety of machines. Dymax Feed Bunk Sweeper is ideal for removing snow from feed bunks during inclement weather. Specs: Minimum Hydraulic Pressure (PSI) 1,750, Flow Rate (GPM) 10, Bristle Diameter (IN.) 36. To see the Feed Bunk Sweeper in action visit the Dymax Inc. YouTube page.