Anderson Group’s Pro-Chop 150 bale chopper (LAMMA Stand G13/G9) is a unique straw processing and spreading machine that enables farmers to cut bedding and forage to specific lengths to help bed down livestock pens or cubicles quickly, and prepare forage for feeding.
The unique nature of the chopping system has already been recognised in its native Canada, where it has won an AE50 award, these only being presented to the 50 most innovative machines produced for the food or agricultural industries each year.
It gets the ability to chop bedding and forage materials to three precise, different lengths from its unique rotor, which features 264 aggressive double knives mounted on 22 discs.
By engaging a range of additional elements, the machine can chop a variety of forages to short lengths, although it can be disengaged to enable it to pass through without being cut, as might be required for bedding down livestock pens.
With no other elements engaged, the Pro-Chop 150 can spread straw up to 60 feet to its right and 40 feet to its left, with its discharge chute able to distribute in 270 degrees behind and to either side of the machine.
This enables users to bed down enabling livestock pens quickly and easily, without the operator having to leave the tractor seat or enter the pen.
Chop lengths vary according to the type of forage: haylage can be chopped down from full length to 10cms by engaging the top gate, which can be reduced to 7.5cms by activating the counter knives, and then to 2.5cm by engaging the machine’s recutter screen.
These lengths are ideal for spreading forage into mixer wagons, feed troughs, and help the livestock perform to their optimum, says Andersons’ Todd McMyn:
“The chute can be angled to feed the forage directly into a TMR wagon, where the fact that it is chopped so accurately will enable it to mix into the ration easily, or to feed the forage directly into feed barriers.
“The short chop lengths ensure the forage remains in the livestock’s rumen for long enough for its nutrients to be absorbed efficiently, and enable the animals to achieve optimum performance”.
The machine’s bale chamber can carry a single square bale up to 1.2m section x 2.4m length; two 1.5m diameter round bales, or a single one of 1.8m diameter.
Bales are presented to the cutting rotor by a chain conveyor. If required the machine’s rear door can also be used to ensure the bale is presented to the cutter rotor consistently.
Operators have a camera focussed on the bale chamber to help them manage the flow of material, and can reverse the conveyor to clear blockages. The machine needs a tractor of 80hp, 540rpm pto and minimum of 35 litres/minute hydraulic flow.