Spread-a-Bale can help you improve your livestock health and welfare by ensuring your animals have the optimum quality living environment.
It achieves several key benefits in this respect:
FIRSTLY, the spreading operation itself is quieter, safer, more efficient and much quicker than either manual spreading or using a chopper blower or similar machine. Compared with other mechanical forms of straw spreading, it is also far less power-hungry, which helps cut the unit’s carbon footprint. The Spread-a-Bale does not tie up a tractor.
SECONDLY, it helps keep the unit much cleaner by reducing dust levels. This is very helpful to the health and welfare of the livestock, as well as the staff.
On many dairy units the milking parlour and cattle’s accommodation are in the same building, and farmers report that dust problems in the parlour – such as dust clogging up pulsators – are all but eliminated.
THIRDLY is the quality and longevity of the bed itself. Spread-a-Bale distributes a consistent, even depth layer of straw across the whole pen. It leaves the bed fluffy and open, so it is more comfortable and animals remain dry for longer.
This helps reduce disease and pathogenic infections, thereby helping cut antibiotic use and veterinary bills.
FOURTHLY it removes the physical danger of projectiles being spat out – a constant danger with chopper blowers, which have to expel chopped straw at high velocity to make it reach the far side of the pen. Stones and other projectiles can be spat out as well, which risks injuring animals and damaging the building.
If stones are picked up when loading a bale they will fall to the floor as the bale is moved towards the spreading rotors. Stones within the bale will not be expelled with enough force to cause damage.