Ausmix feed mixers providing a local solution

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New Australian-made feed mixers are meeting high demand on farms and in feedlots right across the country

Wodonga-based Ausmix is reporting farmers and feedlot operators are enthusiastic about the return of Australian-made strength, local service and support in quality feed mixers engineered and constructed in the regional heartland of Albury-Wodonga.

This has been especially apparent over the last two years where the supply, parts and backup for overseas-manufactured machines has been impacted by component shortages and shipping disruptions, the company says.

Ausmix’s sister company Farmtech Machinery, owned by the well-known Modra family, is already an established importer and manufacturer of farm equipment for cultivation, fodder conservation and general farm tasks.

Ausmix feed mixers are being used across the country

This includes importing successful brands such as Penta and Jeantil, international market leaders in feed mixers and wagons for more than 10 years.

The company is also actively involved in refurbishment and modification of mixing equipment.

However, growing calls for new locally made machines to meet specific Australian needs demanded the establishment of Ausmix.

At the heart of every Ausmix machine is the Fibre-X vertical tapered auger, developed specifically for Australian feeding programs.

With razor-sharp knives, it chops fibre to deliver improved mix characteristics to give your animals the nutritional edge in terms of productivity and herd health.

The Fibre-X’s outputs and consistency have been substantiated by the Penn State separator test.

The Ausmix range covers single, twin and triple auger machines in trailed and truck-mounted configurations, in the eight to 45 cubic metre capacity range.

All Ausmix models are built using heavy-duty, long-life materials including 20mm auger and floor plate, 10mm tub walls, and three different types of heat-treated tungsten carbide cutting knives.

Drivetrains incorporate premium gearboxes to match the punishing conditions found in the Australian livestock market.

Planetary drives are perfectly paired to the Fiber-X auger, tearing through big bales with ease and mixing all fodder types, including high forage and fibre or grain rations, with a consistent result.

Two-speed gearboxes direct both powerful processing and effective cleanout of the mixer, improving the quality of feeding and saving time.

Ausmix can be specified with short or long flip-up elevators to suit troughs, bunkers, paddocks, or to feed over obstacles or into raised receptacles like self feeder bins. Dual shift conveyors feed out on both sides, Ausmix conveyors and elevators are fitted with either rubber tread or chained slats to suit all types of fodder.

Ausmix uses Australian design and manufacturing in its products

Feedlot operator Mitch Maquire, who turns over around 10,000 cattle a year in Tamworth, was "chasing more capacity" in his feeding operations and was considering a new feed mixer, before trialling Ausmix’s XL32 twin screw trailed machine.

"Our new Ausmix arrived in February. We bought it for greater efficiencies, we wanted to carry more and feed out quicker," he says.

"With the Ausmix we can feed at least twice as many cattle each day as previously in the same run.

"It’s a big difference for us, it’s probably saving us 2.5 to three hours a day for the same operation compared with the smaller mixers we’ve had."

Western Australian dairy farmer Ryan Scott, milking 1000 cows at Capel in the state’s South West, recently switched to an Ausmix-30 twin screw mixer.

"I’m really happy with the build quality of the Ausmix,’ he says.

"As far as features go, they built this machine for me – it’s got a lot of stuff on it that I wanted changed – individualisation.

"They were more than happy to accommodate all that, whereas I’ve tried that with other mixers in the past and they wouldn’t do anything other than their standard thing.

"There’s a lot of difference on this Ausmix that the boys were more than happy to accommodate - practical things that make my job easier."

For more information, contact Farmtech on 02 6024 6800.

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