Although dairy farmer Eigil Miang has the relatively light tractor Case IH Maxxum with 140 HP, he chose a bulky 46-cubic-metre mixer wagon so he can use it to make one ration and feed all 310 milk cows in one go. Eigil: "A large mixer feeder is practical; I can use it to feed all the cows at once, which saves a considerable amount of time."
Same amount of diesel with bigger mixer
The Shifttronic 3-speed powershift makes the unusual tractor and mixer wagon combination possible. The automatic gearbox ensures that the drive line starts up effortlessly and automatically shifts from first to second to third gear. As soon as the programmed weight is reached, the Shifttronic shifts back down automatically. This enables the tractor to operate at the optimum torque at all times, which you can see primarily from the low fuel consumption and the minimal wear and tear on both the tractor and the mixer feeder. Eigil: "I use the same amount of diesel with this 46-cubic-metre mixer wagon as I did with the old 30-cubic-metre one. At the time I also had a hundred fewer cows, so fuel consumption has stayed the same with more cows and a larger mixer feeder."
Saving on maintainance costs
"I'm very happy with this powershift: I save on maintenance costs as well as time. Incidentally, another big advantage is that this mixer feeder also mixes small quantities of feed really well, such as the 3-tonne ration for the heifers."
Company: Eigil Miang
Location: Rødding, Denmark
Number of cows: 350 cows, 310 milk cows (Holstein)
Production: 33 kg per cow per day / 11,300 kg ECM
Hectares of land: 270 ha. (85 ha. grass, 147 ha. maize)
Mixer feeder: Solomix 3 4600 ZKX with Shifttronic 3-speed (2019)
Ration: Minerals, soya beans, granola cakes, soda grain, turnips pellets, soya bean meal, beet pellets, molasses, water, grass and maize
DM content: 42%
Number of feed turns per day: 1 x per day