Forage equipment dealer gauges prairie interest

LANGHAM, Sask. — Efficiency in forage equipment translates to better margins for beef and dairy producers, which was the driving factor in designing the SiloKing self-propelled forage mixer-handler.

The German-built machine made its western Canadian debut last week at the third annual Ag In Motion show near Langham.

Karl Terpstra of SiloKing Canada, who brought the model 2519 500+ from his dealership in Putnam, Ont., said there’s a growing de-mand in the forage industry for self-propelled equipment that can gather, grind, mill and deliver all types of forages.

He said 45 of the self-propelled handlers have been sold in Quebec since 2009, five more were recently delivered to producers in Ontario and the company now wants to expand into the Prairies.

Horsepower on the SiloKing self-propelled forage mixers range from 140 to 300. | Ron lyseng photo

Terpstra conceded that the Silo-King concept is similar to that of the Supreme forage handler, an Italian machine with final assembly in Alberta.

“We start the process with a big facer on the front. You drive straight into the piles of feed. It leaves a nice smooth face,” said Terpstra.

“It brings the feed up into the vertical mixer. It can also take bales and commodities of any kind and windrows on the surface. This machine has two vertical mixers, it’s a 25 cubic metre machine. We go from 12 cubic metres up to 32 cubic metres.

“We also have a triple auger machine. That’s a little different from what we’re used to seeing in Canada. There’s advantages over a big twin. It’s easier to run. There’s a lot less pressure on the bottom of the augers.”

Power for all 500 series machines is from Volvo diesels, ranging from 140 to 300 horsepower on the bigger machines.

The machines are hydraulic front-wheel drive with the engine located directly over the drive wheels. All-wheel drive is available as an option.

Terpstra said it makes sense to situate the power plant and hydraulic pump at the front of the unit because the front is where most of the hydraulic motors and cylinders are located.

Prices range from $225,000 to $475,000, depending on the model and options.

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