The division panel means different feeds can be fed from each side. This is ideal when supplementing mature stock a small ration from one side of the feeder and creep feeding their offspring a higher ration from the other.
Advantage Feeders have a range of bracing in the hopper to ensure the feeders cope with being transported with up to 2000kg of feed.
The troughs have 2 holes in each end of them. This allows any moisture to fall out.
The side panels are designed with a small gutter in the bottom of the panel. This ensures that any rain that does hit this panel will drain to one end and not foul all the feed in the licking area.
Rain is required to fall on greater than a 45 degree angle to fall into the feed access area on Advantage Feeders. If the adjustment is set correctly, regardless of a large or small ration being fed, the trough is clean and any rain that falls in this will drain out.
The skids on feeders generally takes the brunt of exterior conditions. All SHS components on Advantage Feeders are hot dip galvanised. These parts have triple the lifespan when compared to painted products.
The sheet metal has a thick zinc coating. This ensures longevity of product so the investment in purchasing the products pays off over more years than other products.
Advantage Feeders are able to be bulk loaded. This saves time and manual labour to enable farmers to reduce the time required to manage their farm.
The ability of flat packing has a double saving effect:
The transport costs are dramatically reduced because each NGF3800 / NGF1800 and NGF800 feeders are flat-packed into a spaces of 2440 x 1165 x 280mm and 1200 x 1165 x 220 mm respectively. Assembly costs are also saved by following the simple instructions.
The tek screws that fasten the skids to the body work can be taken out and put back in with the skid at a different height. The NGF1800 and NGF3800 Advantage 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 NGF800 has no centre support so you only need to remove the tek screws, change the skid height and refasten the tek screws. This flexibility ensures that Advantage Feeders can be utilised in more situations on mixed farming enterprises.
There are many variables to the number of stock that can put on a feeder. The main consideration is what other sources of feed they have in their paddock. If stock are totally reliant on the feeders then they will visit the feeder more often. As a general rule the feeders are suitable for the following quantities of stock:
Note: does and kids, hinds and fawns can be interchanged for ewes and lambs.
The volume scale allows farmers to accurately record feed outflow. If the feed outflow is too fast then a slight adjustment can be made to the adjusters to slow the outflow and vice versa. This allows changes to be made to outflow sooner than if the whole hopper was consumed so excess grain isn't consumed, therefore feed savings can be made.
The roof pivots from an off-centre position. It is very easy to manoeuvre. When the lid is open the feeder can be completely filled. The roof design also provided a sturdy structure so it won’t flap in the wind. All roofs provide full protection so the feed cannot get wet and birds cannot get into the hopper.
The roof is fastened closed by a drop lock pin. The drop lock pin is simple, effective and has excellent longevity.
The NGF3800 has 4 sight glasses and the NGF1800 and NGF800 have 2 sight glasses. These make it easy to judge the amount of feed left in the hopper without having to look inside.
The Lift Frame allows the NGF3800 to be moved with 2000kg. It consists of 4 parts: 2 beams that run the length of the trough and 2 guiding parts that are perpendicular to the trough. The beams are made from 3mm pressed plate and are approximately 160mm high.
The Skids are made with 3mm plates welded in the corners. They have a safety fold on the protruding edge to be safe for stock. The NGF800 can be skidded full, but the NGF1800 and NGF3800 can only be skidded with up to 1000kg in them.
All Advantage Feeders have guiding parts to suit Front End Loader tines to ensure the feeders don’t slide during transportation. The NGF3800 and NGF1800 have 2 channels that are fixed perpendicular to the trough. The NGF800 has guiding parts at one end of the feeder.
The Skid Plates are an optional extra to the feeders. They provide a wider area for the skids to slide and prevent the feeder digging into the ground. Each Skid Plate is fastened with 2s haft lock pins - this feature means that the single pair of Skid Plates can be used on all the feeders a farmer owns. The Skid Plates are attached to the feeder by placing them in front of the skids on the feeder, pulling the feeder onto them and then fastening them with the shaft lock pins.