The Siloking eTruck gives dairy producers a clean, comfortable, and convenient way to feed cows with lots of traction for manoeuvring in narrow and low-height barn constructions.
The 100 per cent electric-powered vertical mixer is imported from Tittmoning, Germany by Siloking Canada, which set up business in Putnam, ON, two years ago. RealAgriculture took a tour of the eTruck 1408 earlier this month at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.
Siloking’s Karl Terpstra believes the self-propelled mixer appeals to many producers because “they can jump in and go get feed – they’re not hooking and unhooking tractors. There’s no exhaust in the barns; it’s fully electric, it’s quiet and it’s comfortable for the operator and the livestock,” says Terpstra.
In this video, Terpstra reviews a number of the eTruck’s key features:
- There’s lots of glass for great cab visibility, says Terpstra. “It’s simple to run and very user-friendly.”
- The mixer comes in three sizes: 8, 10 and 14 cubic metres. Three electric motors power the mixer – one for manoeuvrability, one drives the auger, and a third drives the hydraulic pump.
- The mixer is a vertical auger capable of handling bales and all feedstuffs of all qualities and quantities.
- The eTruck is powered by a 80 V DC voltage battery. The battery can be charged every three days – six to eight feedings – on off-peak hours to reduce energy costs.
- A mineral funnel at the side of the mixer allows for adding small ingredients. A feed pusher cleans up refusals and pushes feed to the cows. Bedding conveyers can also be attached to sling bedding material into loose pens.
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