Frequently Asked Questions
What does 3in1 stand for? ▼
It can be used for 3 different feeding options:
- Ration feeding
- Creep feeder – a creep panel for lambs and creep gates for cattle
- Ad lib feeding
What do the codes stand for with the products?▼
- 800 – 800 litres
- 1800 – 1800 litres
- 3800 – 3800 litres
What do the numbers on the stickers stand for?▼
Volume in litres and cubic meters in the hopper.
What quantity do the feeders hold?▼
- 800 – 500 kg
- 1800 – 1150 kg
- 3800 – 2400 kg
Can the feeder be used for sheep and cattle?▼
Yes – all the external areas are reinforced with steel tube to ensure they stand up to the treatment of cattle.
Click here to see images.
Click here to see images.
Can the height of the feeder be changed from cattle to sheep?▼
Yes – the screws that fasten the skids to the body work can be taken out and put back in with the skid at a different height. On the 1800 and 3800 feeders the feeders come with 2 separate centre braces under the trough. One is for cattle and the other is for sheep height. This brace needs to be changed when changing the height. The 800 has no centre support so you only need to move the legs.
Is it high enough to feed cattle?▼
Yes - it can be set at two heights – one suitable for sheep and one suitable for cattle. For cattle to eat from the feeder they do not need to get their shoulders under the weather protection panel.
How can the feeder be moved?▼
Two options, either by using forks or by using the skids. When skidding the 800 can be skidded full but the 1800 and 3800 can only be skidded with 1000 kg in them. The 3800 can only be lifted with 2000kg of feed but the 800 and 1800 can be moved full.
How do they cope with rain?▼
When the adjusters are set correctly the feed should stay in the licking area. This means that the trough should remain clean and the moisture will drain out each end through the drain holes. Any driving rain that hits the panel above the trough will fall into a channel and drain out of each end. This prevents the feed within the lick area getting wet.
Can ewes and lambs be fed together?▼
Yes – the Creep Panel can be used on one side of the feeder to exclusively feed lambs while the other side can have the Creep Panel in the raised position to allow ewes to feed, either ad lib or ration.
How can they be filled?▼
The opening of the 1800 and 3800 is 2320mm / 7'7". Most front end loader buckets are 7' to allow loading bulk. They can also be filled using dumpy bags.
Can any type of mixed feed be used?▼
Yes – the trough peak is angled at 45 degrees which alleviates the feed from bridging.
How can the feeder be used for rationing?▼
It has 2 adjuster plates that move perpendicular to each other. Depending on where they are positioned it can restrict the stocks' ability to lick the feed up. In the most restricted settings stock need their tongue to be moist enough for the feed to stick to it and come up out of the groove. After about 5 minutes of licking the tongue dries and they cannot get the feed to come out.
What is the adjuster guard used for?▼
This ensures stock don’t move along the trough and forces them to lick from the same position. Its main function is in ration feeding.
Can the creep gates be purchased at a later date?▼
Yes – they can be attached after the feeder is assembled.
How do you know where to set the slides for rationing?▼
The feeders come with a feed ration chart on the panel above the trough. This will provide a good starting point of what ration stock will consume at each different setting. This is a guide only and farmers need to record actual feed intake to work out their own calculations because the different types of feed and other conditions can affect the intake. If stock are consuming more than desired these slides should be closed. If stock are eating less than desired then the slides should be opened.
Can you shut the slides fully?▼
The top slide can close to a 3mm gap so feed won’t flow under it.
How do you position the adjuster guard?▼
It locates behind 5 braces on the 1800 and 3800. On 800 it locates behind 3 braces. The friction holds it in place.
How do you re-position the slides?▼
There are 8mm bolts with 13mm heads that screw into captive nuts. This means only a spanner is needed to loosen and tighten the bolts.
How does the 13mm box spanner fasten to the feeder?▼
The handle on the spanner can be threaded through a 10mm hole found on the end panels.