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Webbline Blog

Three Ways To Increase Your Mixer Wagon Lifespan

Posted by Gerry Clare on Mar 26, 2020 4:38:25 PM

Running a mixer wagon is a great way to increase production and consistency across your herd. You can get more feed into your cows, feed them no matter the weather conditions, and save you time and money in the long run.

To keep your operating costs as low as possible, your mixer wagon needs to be in top operating condition. This means your mixer wagon should be regularly serviced according to manufacturers recommendations, its knives kept sharp and replaced if lost or worn, and its auger flighting kept in shape, and of adequate thickness.

When your mixer wagon operates, in time it starts to wear out. Any part of the steel that is in contact with the fodder wears away, slowly or quickly depending on the fibre of your ration. Some ways to extend your mixer wagon lifetime is to reduce the auger RPM, maintain knife sharpness.

Servicing and knife sharpness is highly visible and easily controllable. Thickness and shape of your augers are a little more challenging to see as this happens over a long period. As an auger wears, it loses its sharp edge, and fodder will fall off the auger as it rotates rather than being pushed up to the top of the ration, and mixed properly. This means you have to run your mixer wagon for longer, therefore exacerbating the issue of wear.

One very effective way of keeping your auger shape is to fit them with RAEX Hardline wear strips. The best time to install these wear strips is when the auger thickness is between 6-8mm, and before the edges become rounded. They are a very cost-effective way to increase the lifespan of your mixer wagon without the extra expense of installing entirely new augers.

Webbline can fit these wear strips to any vertical auger mixer wagon, providing that the augers aren't beyond repair with cracking of the auger flights.

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Topics: BVL, Agricultural Machinery, Mixer Wagons

4 key questions you should ask before buying a new mower

Posted by Gerry Clare on Oct 9, 2019 10:22:22 AM

Reliability is so important on today’s farms. There’s schedules to meet, targets to hit and a harvest to get in.

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Topics: Agricultural Machinery

Waikato Branch Forges ahead with move into New Building

Posted by Gerry Clare on Aug 12, 2019 4:01:27 PM

 

The Webbline Waikato branch has come a long way since its inception in 2006. This gives the company strength for continuous improvement to meet the requirements of contractors and farmers in an evolving Agricultural industry.

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Topics: Webbline News

Farming tips for keeping the herd healthy this winter

Posted by Gerry Clare on Aug 5, 2019 9:43:51 AM

 

As temperatures start to cool around the country, now is a good time to take stock of just how well you are placed to keep your herd healthy this winter, and for a reminder of some of the seasonal health challenges they will face. 

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Topics: Agricultural Machinery

Why every dairy farm needs a good effluent management system

Posted by Gerry Clare on Aug 5, 2019 9:43:46 AM

For every dairy farmer, the costs and pressure of keeping up with environmental legislation are only going up. The Resource Management Act sets a high bar in promoting the sustainable management of natural and physical resources such as land and water. Local bodies have considerable powers under the RMA to enforce compliance. 

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Topics: Agricultural Machinery

How to know if your dairy farm has an effluent crisis

Posted by Gerry Clare on Aug 5, 2019 9:43:42 AM

The dairy boom has been a major contributor to economic growth in New Zealand in the past few decades, but with that growth has also come some pain. More cows mean more effluent, and if it’s not stored and disposed of properly, that effluent can cause serious problems for the environment.

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Topics: Agricultural Machinery

How to keep your milk production healthy

Posted by Gerry Clare on May 21, 2019 9:19:00 AM

Safe, quality milk from healthy animals – if you say it quickly it can sound easy. But we all know it’s not. Getting all the complex elements of a dairy operation running in sync is hard.

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Topics: Agricultural Machinery

Research key to choosing the right agricultural machinery

Posted by Gerry Clare on Apr 29, 2019 11:22:54 AM

The old saying, ‘Buy in haste, repent at leisure’ is as true for agricultural machinery as it is for any other significant purchase.

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Topics: Agricultural Machinery

How to protect your pastures from soil pugging

Posted by Gerry Clare on Apr 29, 2019 11:22:49 AM

Rain – you can’t farm without it, but if you get too much you can’t farm with it either. And when you do get a break in the weather, the contractors and their agricultural machinery can be racing to repair damaged pastures before the next deluge arrives.

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Topics: Insider

Why Webbline should be your agricultural machinery partner

Posted by Webbline on Apr 1, 2019 1:47:56 PM

The history of farming in New Zealand is also the history of agricultural machinery. Without a large labour pool to call on, early farmers were enthusiastic adopters of new technology that would boost productivity.

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Topics: Agricultural Machinery, Construction Machinery