Turanganui cuts an hour a day off their feeding program

Published 2nd June 2016
New Zealand

Turanganui has 4 beautiful farms in the South Wairarapa, feeding more than 15,000 stock units each day across the 4 properties, which means they’re travelling 45kms everyday to feed their sheep. ¬†We caught up with Mike Warren the owner of Turanganui and operator Ron Lett, who has worked at Turanganui¬†for 36 years,¬†to see how their new Comby wagon is performing…¬†

The Warren’s took delivery of their new Super Comby EX just 10 days ago, an upgrade from their previous Super Comby which had faithfully served them for 13.5 years,¬†and apart from general maintenance and greasing,¬†the only parts they’ve needed to replace¬†during those years¬†has been¬†just¬†3 chains!

What you’ll notice in this video:

  1. How easy it is to see the entire load, giving you more control of the feed row
  2. How effective the grain feeding attachment is when feeding a measured amount on top of the silage
  3. How little the cross floor, and main floor needs to move when feeding out a full 13 cubic metres of silage. The key reason that so little maintenance is required.

Compare point #3 to what dealers say, “a¬†traditional silage wagon has¬†all 3 floors ¬†going continuously,¬†creating a lot of wear and unnecessary maintenance”. ¬†

So far the new Super Comby EX has saved Ron an hour everyday on his 5 hour daily routine of feeding! Turanganui is facing their second dry year in a row, with just 148-230mls on their 4 blocks in the six months from October to 31st March this year, this has come on the back of the normal 660mls 2 years prior. This extended dry period has¬†put pressure on their feeding program, requiring them to¬†start feeding the sheep in December and combined with their cattle feedlot they’re having to feeding right through till September.¬†


That’s a 20% saving in time,

which equates to 305 hours spare each year.


This brings up a few very important questions, especially in tough times:

  1. What could you do if you had another 305 hours each year? 
  2. How much does it cost you to run a tractor for 305 hours? 
  3. How much more could your staff achieve for you with 305 hours to do other tasks?
  4. What is your cost of labour for 305 hours?

Tractor cost = $50/hour (Including maintenance, fuel, depreciation) x 305 hours = $15,250 Savings

Labour cost = $35/hour (Including paye, holidays, etc) x 305 hours = $10,675 Savings

Total saved $25,925.

The end result is a better bottom line for you, and just another reason why Hustler offers the lowest cost of ownership compared to traditional feeding equipment.

And with Hustler’s latest acquisition celebration finance deals of 1.95% over 36 months, and the savings¬†a new Super Comby EX provides you with, means¬†it pays for itself in just 3 years!*

Take a look at the Super Comby EX and Grain feeder in action


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