Super Comby Solves Machinery Headache for Fish Creek Farmer
Graeme Nicoll, a dairy farmer based in Fish Creek, Australia, to discover why he updated to the latest Super Comby after a successful 10 year run out of his old one…
Some 10 years ago when Graeme, a practical numbers-driven farmer, was getting set up with pit silage as his main source of supplementary feed. As a result, Graeme needed a solution to feed out the silage efficiently to his cattle. He wanted a piece of equipment that could do multiple jobs, would last, and be simple to use and to operate.
“I’m not a big fan of machinery, so I wanted a piece of machinery that would last and be simple… The first Comby proved that”
A number of key features with the Comby feeding system stood out for Graeme.
Compact size for more stability on rolling terrains
When Graeme was first looking to buy a feedout wagon, he was needing an 18-20m3 sized silage wagon, similar to his neighbours who were farming a similar herd size. Due to his rolling terrain, and getting in and out of the laneway, and through gates, he found that with the smaller wagon, he can get all he needs into it and feeding out takes a similar time to that of the neighbours with the larger wagons.
“The Comby might look small, but I kind of struggle calling it a smaller machine, because it fits enough silage in to do the job”
The low sides make it easier to load, being able to see into the body, and where you’re placing the load from the tractor cab, making it easier to fill it properly.
One single machine for all types of feed
To reduce the headache of owning machinery, Graeme’s philosophy was to buy machinery that could do multiple jobs. By going the Comby way meant he could have just one feeder to replace a silage wagon and a feedout cart. This means just one machine to maintain, one machine for staff to learn to operate, and no need to be continuously swapping machinery on the tractor.
“This machine means we only need one feedout machine on the farm”
“Our first Comby proved that we could feed square bales if we had to buy square bales in dry times, more than adequately, does a great job of feeding out chopped silage, but also means if we’ve got a few round bales we can throw them in the wagon and feed them out as well” feeding out silage along a hot-wire or electric fence can reduce trampling and wastage.
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