Straw Savings & Safety = Key Assets
The potential to reduce straw usage and the benefits to staff safety are key reasons why Northern farmers value the Spread-a-Bale, says Steve Dunning, from Paxtons, which is exhibiting the machine at the Great Yorkshire Show this week (Stand 32).
â€œMany of our customers reckon they can save 15% - 20% on bedding straw, and appreciate the fact that they can spread straw from outside the pen, which avoids the risks of getting into the pen with livestockâ€.
Tom Robinson from Spread-a-Bale, says the straw saving is potentially valuable in this region:
â€œLivestock farmers who donâ€™t produce their own straw can reduce what they buy each year. Conversely, arable farmers who do produce straw could have more to sell to neighbouring livestock farmers â€“ in both cases this makes a valuable contribution to profitability.
â€œThe ability to spread straw from outside the pen is especially appreciated by those running bull beef units, for whom manually spreading bedding straw can be very hazardousâ€.