Kate Brennan Helena Bay

Before getting an Advantage Feeder for our goats we were tied to the property, unable to go away unless we could find someone to feed the goats for us. We also spent a huge amount of time cleaning the feed troughs as although goats won't eat from dirty troughs they do like to sleep in them - and worse! There were additional issues with the larger goats keeping the smaller ones away from the feed and feed getting trampled on the ground and wasted.

We heard about the Advantage Feeder from another angora breeder and decided to buy one. Now we just fill up the feeder and know the goats will not run out of feed if left alone for a day. After the initial excitement, the goats quickly adapted to the new system and feed in twos and threes without any pushing or bullying. We had been concerned that they may get acidosis with so much food available but the very clever adjustment system means that the goats don't overeat, just staying for a few minutes at a time. All in all it's been a great investment and we will get another feeder when our flock grows a little larger.

Matt Wyethh Matt and Lynley Wyeth Spring Valley Farm, Masterton

Supplementing high performance ewe and offspring

Our five year paddock average for ewes scanned with triplets was 180%. I saw the potential for boosting performance of high performance ewes by grain feeding during a trip to the United Kingdom in 2011.

In 2012 we trialed a short term housing and grain-based feeding strategy with 1400 triplet bearing ewes. There are a lot of things in farming that are beyond our control, but we thought achieving a 250% survival rate was a possibility.

The system performed way above expectations, and we achieved a weaning rate of 263%. The Advantage Feeders Next Generation Feeders was integral to the system to provide adequate nutritional to the ewes in a labour efficient manner with no waste. Stock lick the feed through a double adjustable slide mechanism and can only eat so much before their tongue dries out.

A grain based high protein pellet feeding starts about three weeks before lambing at a controlled rate of about a 100g a day.

Back in the paddock, the newborn lambs quickly learned to use the feeder from their mothers, eating about 130 grams a day over the next fortnight. The lambs grew noticeably faster with the early rumen development.

The feeding program was accompanied by early weaning at 50 days compared to our traditional 90 to 100 days. The weaned lambs went ahead really well on grass with an average weight gain of about 280 grams a day.

If there are any issues of grass supply in the future we could re-introduce the Advantage Feeders at any time as the lambs are familiar with them now.

There had also been huge grass feed savings by turning the ewes back onto harder hill country immediately after weaning. The ewes have benefited from the early weaning and have scanned 21 % higher the following year compare to the traditional weaned ewes

Yard weaning calves

We have already found other uses on the farm. We used the Advantage Feeders in the yards with mobs of 100 weaner calves. 50 on each side.

They quickly got used to a new diet of about a kilo a day of crushed barley fed over seven days. They had an average daily weight gain of 0.88 kg at a time when they are normally going backward. Having familiarised the young cattle with a grain ration, gives us the option of break feeding during winter.

We add magnesium which helps quieten the calves down and reduces stress levels. Instead of going backwards at weaning, they are putting on weight and really bound ahead when back on pasture. We also find that compared to paddock weaning the cattle become a lot quieter and easier to handle.

Finishing cattle

We decided to test the theory that cattle would perform better on a more balanced diet. We trialed comparing cattle finished only on a brassica crop to another mob on brassica which also received a kilo a day of a grain-based ration. The crop was analysed to determine the nutritional balance needed with the nuts helping boost carbohydrate intake.

We achieved an excellent 2:1 conversion of feed to live weight gain. The cattle with supplement putt on about an extra 500 grams/day over the last 50 days before slaughter. This extra live weight gain was worth an extra $1.25, providing an attractive return on his outlay of 70 cents a kilo on customised grain-based nuts.


The feeders are really robust with a large holding capacity and the dual adjustable slides allow you to accurately control the ration stock are getting. We’ve certainly learned a lot with the Advantage Feeder and the results are exceeding all expectations. They have been vital in realizing our goal to get more kilos of product out the farm gate and improve our bottom line. We’ve got six now and between the sheep and cattle they are in use much of the year. They have proved to be a very good investment.

Stuart Stokes Sheffield

"I farm Hybrid Red Deer in Canterbury. I previously had problems getting the weaners up to the optimum weight by mid-October for the German mid-winter market. If they didn’t reach the required 45 kg carcass weight by this time, the price would drop significantly because the carcass would then have to be air freighted instead of shipped.

Daily supplementary feeding on the ground was quite wasteful and time consuming. The dominant deer would push the shyer ones out of way and consume more than their allocation.

I tried my first Advantage Feeder in 2011. I now only fill the NGF1800 model once every 4-5 days. I no longer have an issue of having shy feeders. I rarely see more than 3 deer eating from the feeder at any one time so they all get a go. The ability of Advantage Feeders to limit intake has meant that we can safely feed barley – a cost effective feed source. The deer only get a bit, several times per day. I feed the hinds and fawns pre-weaning. The hinds educate the fawns and when they are reintroduced to the feeder they immediately start eating from it.

I wean the fawns in the second week in February and then leave the feeder with the hinds so they are in good condition for when the stags are introduced on the 1st of March. The hinds consume up to 700 grams/day of barley during this period. I then put the feeder out with the weaners in August to finish them for the overseas market.

I now have several NGF1800s and have put them on chassis.When one feeder is getting empty, I can fill the other up at the silo and swap over the feeder in the paddock. I am looking to purchase another 2 Feeders later this year. Advantage Feeders are an integral part of a modern deer farm."

Barry Shine Te Kopuru

"I purchased two Advantage Feeders Tray Hay Feeders and a Next Generation Meal Feeder after seeing them at the Northland Field Days. After considering all other options at the field days I was very impressed with their strength and the fact that they are all galvanized. After receiving them, they were put to use straight away with the drought that we had at the time. The Tray Hay Feeders, with the metal trays underneath, caught a huge amount of silage that would have been tramped into the ground without them, reducing wastage to a minimum.

The Next Generation Feeder, 800 model, was filled with a palm kernel meal mix and placed alongside a Tray Hay Feeder in with my yearlings and they took to it straight away.

The meal feeder gives you the option to regulate the amount of feed that stock can get while still having access 24 hours a day. At present I am using the meal feeder to feed calf pellets to my calves. With the roof system on the meal feeder it stops all but the real driving rain from hitting the feed troughs. All you have to do is fill it with pellets, set the feed rate and leave them to it.

The Sales Managers, Peter and Sheryl Tonkin, were very helpful and great to deal with, nothing was problem to them. I am very happy with my Advantage Feeders and would recommend them to anyone."

Tray Hay Feeder
Debbie Fox Inglewood

"We are extremely pleased with the grain feeders. No wastage and great for the goats because they can't climb into them. Best feeders we have ever had and the palm kernel flows through them nicely."

Bill and Shirley Wright Cave

"We graze lambs on 70ha of permanent lucerne to get them to required weights but the high quality pasture doesn’t always allow stock to reach potential weights gain. Over the last year we have trialed feeding grain to improve this. Our trials were anything but scientific but our lambs we fed 100 grams/day of barley gained 350g/lw/day while those without gained just 250g/lw/day.

This result wouldn’t have been possible without the use of Advantage Next Generation Feeders. The feeders have a two-slide system to allow the farmer to control how much grain gets allocated while preventing stock from over consuming."

1800 in field

Willie and Sue Macdonald Blenheim

"The feeders are excellent. Especially in conditions as pictured. Previously we couldn't feed grain in the snow without major wastage! Thanks for a top product."

1800 in snow

Richard and Debbie Came Came, Wellsford

"We bought two Cradle Hay Feeders. They are easy to assemble, strong and robust yet light and do a good job. They are easy to drag from paddock to paddock and can also be moved with bales in them."

Nick & Jo Collins Piopio

"We have had our Advantage Feeder Tray Hay Feeder for almost one year and have found it very useful on our certified organic dairy farm.

Its been great for feeding small mobs on some of our hill paddocks where we don’t have tractor access. There is some degree of soil damage around the feeder after winter but the over-sowing of tap-rooting plants such as chicory & plantain soon correct this.

It has also been very useful for hay feeding in the spring parked on the exit race of our milking shed so the cows can access it as they head back to the paddock."

Tray Hay Feeder
Kevin Thompson Turangawaewae

"I have to say I find these units really well made. As someone who has in the past worked in manufacturing in Australia for over 20 years (utilizing sheet metal and fabricated parts) I find that these go together really well, so a lot of thought has clearly gone into the design for field assembly."

Tray Hay Feeder