A BvL Shear grab is making a massive difference for these dairy farmers in the Waikato. Brad & Rex Payne have a dairy farm in Monavale, just west of Cambridge, on a 200ha block milking 500 cows. They have fed 350 tonnes of grass silage and 850 tonnes of maize silage in the past year.
Before purchasing a shear grab, Brad was concerned how hard it was on the tractor, manoeuvring silage out with his silage fork and was finding it time-consuming trying to push the feed down with the bucket or silage grab to maintain a compressed stack face.
The first impression when Brad saw a shear grab was, “This tool will minimize my wastage and speed up the feeding process. We are loading the silage with a Massey Ferguson 5465,” Payne says; “I now just simply drive into the stack and work the third service on my tractor, and the shear grab cuts a full bite of silage.”
After taking ownership of the shear grab, Brad commented that “It’s made a massive difference. Instead of smelling secondary fermentation at the stack face there is now a nice sweet smell from the silage and I have found the silage is more palatable for the cows resulting in less grass silage left in the concrete troughs."
Before I had the shear grab, I used to remove around three tonnes of wasted grass silage every two weeks out of the troughs; this was the spoiled silage that the cows wouldn’t eat, now I only have to clean out the trough every 12 weeks as the cows are cleaning almost all of it up!”
As a result of purchasing a BvL shear grab, Payne says he “wouldn’t farm without one.”