The Easy Way To Feed Hay!
Published on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 9:26am
The Easy Way To Feed Hay!
Article courtesy of Hustler Equipment Ltd
Hustler Equipment Ltd is a 3rd Generation family owned and run business founded in1961 by R H Currie, a farmer and innovator in New Zealand, with a proven track record of crafting revolutionary livestock farming equipment that simplifies everyday life.
Farmers and ranchers quickly came to realize the advantages the Hustler product was offering. Hustler is the number one brand in its home turf with over 45% market share and began exporting in the early 70’s. Today Hustler is represented in over 25 countries around the globe, and having been in the USA now for 6 years the brand is rapidly growing as more ranchers are enjoying the benefits.
Standing true to the founding roots, Hustler’s mission is to design and build world-class equipment that rewards customers bottom-line and simplifies everyday life. We insist on understanding ranchers needs better than anyone else, investing in our people to create an inspiring team that raises the bar in outstanding service to every single customer.
The secret behind Hustler’s success is the dedication to their purpose - We’re obsessed with crafting revolutionary livestock farm equipment that customers absolutely love! The Hustler team have a dedication and passion for North American ranchers, having done most of the testing and trials of our latest models on a variety of ranches, taking into account the variances in climate and bale types to ensure the products stands up to the world-class standards that Hustler is well known for. We protect our innovation with worldwide patents, and license some technology to partnering companies and stand by our products with a full 2-year factory warranty for peace of mind.
Unique feeding system
THE WORLD’S SIMPLEST SINGLE TRACTOR, BALE FEEDING SOLUTIONS
Hustler’s self-loading Bale Feeders allow you to equally feed your cattle with the correct amount of dry hay, baled silage or straw in just minutes without ever plugging, from the comfort of your tractor seat, and you’ll only need to feed what your livestock require, saving the rest for the next feeding, ensuring forage is fresh and waste is minimized. Pasture damage is also minimized, and manure is naturally spread throughout the pasture saving you time repairing pasture and spreading manure.
Ranchers are seeing hay savings of as much as 40% compared to traditional methods and because the forage is gently teased apart, the leaf with all its nutrition is retained, saving on nutritional supplements.
What do Hustler customers say?
Scott Merieka –Wisconsin
Scott has owned his Chainless X5000 trailing bale feeder now for 2 years, and feeds 1500 bales each year feeding them in open pastures and along a hotwire in his grazing system. Scott discovered that when he changed to the Hustler, it enabled him to increase his herd size by 53% (from 150 cows, to 230 cows with less replacements) without needing to increase his feed supply. He also claims that because his cattle are feeding in a cleaner environment they’re healthier and his in-calf rate has improved by 8-10% compared to the old system of using round hay rings. This season is the first year with a zero postpartum mortality rate with all of our fresh cows. And I think that’s 100% because of the way we’ve changed our feeding! It’s been a fantastic investment and in two years it’s basically paid for itself twice, I’m really, really happy. I really like my Hustler feeder a lot. Scott has found his Chainless X5000 a very safe and user-friendly option for any operator, and likes the fact that there’s no PTO which means he doesn’t need a high horsepower tractor to operate it.
He likes the self-loading system and safety mechanism because they are very well thought out and there’s no chance of the bale falling off the loading spears.
Lynn White – Louisiana
Before he purchased his Hustler SL360X Lynn would load his hay racks/mangers using a bale spear with whole bailage bales every second day to each group of 40 cow-calf pairs to keep them happy.
When Lynn saw the Hustler concept he very quickly fell in love with it, and a SL360X was ordered last year to mount on the front loader of his 6170R Deere. Previously he would need to put out 14 bales every second day. Within just days of unrolling the bales with his SL360X directly into the hay racks Lynn is now only needing 10 bales every second day and the cattle are much more than happy than before, saving him 28% of his feed supplies within days. For Lynn, this not only saves him bales and the cost of making them, but it’s also saving his precious time, both at the time of feeding his cattle and the time of making his bales! “I am so pleased with the way we are feeding our silage bales now” With tighter pricing in the beef market this year, it provided Lynn with a good time-saving way of maintaining his profitability, and without needing to leave the comfort of the tractor cab to unwrap a bale in the wet, muddy conditions around the hay rack, instead this can be done in the yard at the bale stack, making it easier to dispose of the wrapping, and less handling.
The self-loading design has been very handy for Lynn, saving him time when loading up and gives him the ability to use the loading spears for his bale and pallet handling needs without needing to swap loader attachments.
Tim Richards - Kentucky
When Tim’s TMR mixer wagon came up for renewal, he chose to replace it with Hustler’s Chainless X5000 bale feeder for his indoor beef feedlot. What he discovered was that it has saved him a lot of time and cut his feed consumption back by 33%! “Not only has it saved me an hour and ten a day, I’ve also cut back a bale” Feeding his cattle with his vertical TMR mixer would take him 90 minutes to get the feeding routine done, that tractor would be sitting just grinding up the hay for 20 minutes alone. Since switching to the Hustler the feed out routine is done and dusted in 22 minutes. With his TMR it took 3 bales fill his troughs, and keep his cattle contented, because the TMR grinds the hay more and if the hay’s in front of the cows they’ll just eat it and now he has cut back to 2 bales in the Chainless and it fills his troughs and we’ve maintained our weight gains.
The Chainless X5000 has also been saving Tim a lot of fuel where before he needed one tractor to grind, and another tractor with a front loader to load the TMR which was clocking up a lot of hours on his gear and wasting a lot of fuel. Tim loves the low power consumption hydraulic powered design with no need for a PTO shaft. Tim chose to specify his Chainless X5000 with the side chute to better place the feed in the troughs, and finds that “it works really well”. Adding that it has not only saved him more than an hour every day, but has also saved him 1 bale per day!
Universities across America are also recognizing the advantages of Hustler’s Feeding System, having already been endorsed by University of Georgia Research, Virginia Tech University,