A Waikato farmer changed to Hustler bale unroller for peace of mind, ease of use and reliability

Published 31st May 2021
New Zealand

This week, we visited Richard Owens, a New Zealand dairy farmer, who has recently changed to Hustler bale unroller after having tried other pieces of equipment. Find out why in this short video!

Richard farms in Horsham Downs, a small locality of about 700 people on the eastern bank of the Waikato River, and located about ten kilometers from Hamilton, the 4th largest city in the country. 

Richard has been farming for about 20 years in the region. The Waikato region had the largest share of dairy cows in New Zealand, at 22.4%. Indeed, the Waikato climate which tends to have warm, humid summers and mild winters is particularly suited for dairy farming with a good average grass growth rate. Richard’s 220 dairy cows are milked on a Once-a-day (OAD) system. This milking regime relatively common in New Zealand, used either as the overall farming system or tactically as a short-term response to adverse seasonal conditions.

Richard has owned another brand of bale feeder in the past, but there were a lot of moving parts and he broke the chain several times. He got tired of having to spend time in the workshop or at his dealer’s to fix the machine. So he recently bought a Unrolla LM105 mounted bale feeder from his local Hustler dealer, Power Farming Morrinsville

I changed to Hustler because my other bale feeder had a lot more moving parts and would break chains fairly frequently.

Richard has already adopted his new Hustler bale feeder, which was very easy to get to grips with. He is delighted with it as it is robust and has far fewer moving parts. Richard only needs to grease the 4 nipples of the self-aligning, fully sealed block bearings to maintain his machine.

The Hustler brand seems to have a lot less moving parts, just seems very robust.

Richard particularly likes the time-savers that come as standard on the machine. For instance, the unequal length tynes are a handy feature for quick and easy alignment when reconnecting the cradle, even on uneven ground. “It just makes it so much easier to back the tractor and to hook up the buggy part of the bale feeder,” Richard explained. “Previously, I used to have to come on on a bit of an angle with my old bale feeder that forks were the same length.”

A real simple feature that I noticed first up was that one fork is longer than the other.

With a 100% hydraulic system, there’s not much that can go wrong with this Unrolla bale feeder. Moreover, the drive system is very simple: the hydraulic motor is located on the headstock and drives a pin that connects to the drive shaft when reconnecting the cradle to the headstock.

Investing in a Hustler bale feeder was also about additional peace of mind for Richard. It is a machine with a very robust chassis that is built to last. And in case of problems, Hustler offers a 4-year warranty, the best warranty in the industry!

I think it should last for years. And it also comes with a four-year warranty.

At Hustler, we have gone to great lengths to make our farm equipment as robust as possible. Our Unrolla range all come with strong 40 x 40 mm feed bars and zinc-plated chains rated to 24,000lbs. Not to mention the single piece fully enclosed floor in polyethylene, it’s non-corrosive, impervious to UV and very shock resistant.

I would definitely recommend the Hustler LM105 bale feeder to any other dairy farmer.

Are you struggling with your current feeding equipment? Interested in a Hustler bale feeder? Contact us today, you’ll be glad you did!

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