Thursday, 16 February 2012 09:44

New feed mixer fits regardless

By Rural News Group

MIXED RATION vertical mixers don't come much more compact than the Kuhn Profile, remarks Kuhn New Zealand.

And the size and manoeuvrability of this one means farm size and building configuration do not limit its use.

The Kuhn Profile 470-670 comes with capacities 4m3 (model 470) and 6m3 (model 670). The smaller version has an overall height of 2.08m thanks to the position of the axle at rear of the body.

The small diameter (1.69m) mixing auger requires only a 40 hp tractor.

Features include:

Auger gearbox and drive: a product of Kuhn technology, the angle gearbox is of prven reliability, the maker says. The same gearbox is used on 27m3 machines.

The mixing auger has the same features as the rest of the range (two double bent scrapers, double pitch at the end of the auger) to quickly calibrate fibrous rations and make a homogeneous mixture.

The polygonal body profile concept strengthens the bin structure to reduce deformation.

Welded counterframe: two side members welded to the pre-stressed body are positioned along the length of the machine to absorb the strain resulting from towing.

Distribution systems include feeding on the right and/or left hand side with a chute and/or a tilting conveyor.

Geometrically symmetrical, i.e. the drawbar and axle can be reversed to distribute feed on the right instead of the left.

Available in direct or electric control, the Profile works with the hydraulic systems of any tractor. Counter-knives are standard for fine chopping.

Three-point electronic weighing system is standard, either in a simple version or optional programmable version, to simplify power management.

Height and width adjustable feed chute on the right and/or left.

Tel. 0800 585 007

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FARM HELPERS in New Zealand (FIHNZ) in 1994 began bringing together visitors to farms who wanted to help, in exchange for meals, a bed and some work. It’s going strong: last count was 350 farms – and growing.

Visitors are treated like members of the family and generally work for up to five hours a day.

“We take about 1000 overseas visitors a year from 25 countries that New Zealand has a reciprocal system with,” says coordinator Warwick Grady who runs FHINZ with his wife Heather.

Once a visitor has applied and been issued with a working holiday visa they also receive an IRD number which means they can take paid work. A $25 booklet lists the scheme’s farms, updated monthly since some farms drop out for short or long periods for varied reasons.

“If we are contacted from overseas we post them a booklet but if they leave it till the last moment we can email the complete book so they can start to contact the farms.”

Visitors are required to contact the farms a few days before arriving, by post, telephone, fax or email, to tell the hosts 24 hours before arrival and to tell them how long they would like to stay.


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