An Alberta company has started making self-propelled feed processors that can load, mix and dispense feed for cattle, all with the same machine.
Several European and Middle Eastern companies have introduced the concept to North America over the last few years, but Supreme International at Wetaskiwin is the first domestic company to go into full production of self-propelled, self-loading mixers, explains Supreme’s Jacob Welde in the video below.
The company launched the Self Propelled Self Loader SPSL30T earlier this year, and had it on display at Ag in Motion last week.
“The guts of it are very similar to a normal vertical mixer, but the very unique part is that it’s driven by itself and it loads the feed through the milling cutter,” explains Welde.
Instead of using a tractor or skidsteer to load the mixer, a large arm extends in front of the machine, picking up bales, silage and grain.
“It’s hard enough that it’ll load a frozen silage bale, but it’s gentle enough that it can pick up your refusals from the barn floor at the end of the day or pick up distiller’s grains, that sort of thing,” he says (see the Facebook video below).
Although it has 4-wheel-drive capability, they see the unit primarily being used on dairy farms. For beef, Welde says truck-mounted or tractor-pulled processors are better suited for feedlot conditions.
The SPSL30T operates on a 240hp Iveco Tier 4 diesel engine and is capable of driving up to 40km/h when empty. It also has 4 wheel steering to pull up close to the feed bunk.