We save both labour and straw, we do not need to enter the pens
Greens Norton Park Farm in Northamptonshire is owned by Roger Allibone and provides ‘bed and breakfast’ for around 500 of Turneys’ Heifer replacements.
Roger upgraded a 4 year old Tomahawk 8080 to a Tomahawk 1010, provided by Turneys, in January 2012. Turneys Farm Manager Giles Benson says that it was ‘a natural progression from the Tomahawk 8080 to the larger capacity Tomahawk 1010’. With three other farms working in partnership with Turneys also running Tomahawk 8080s no other brands of feeder/bedder needed to be considered.
For Roger Allibone, who uses around 1750 large Hesston bales/yr. for both bedding and ad lib feeding of straw with concentrates, the attraction of high capacity for 2 x large Hesston bales in one load, as well as twin crossbeaters for greater output was clear. ‘We save both labour and straw, we do not need to enter the pens which reduces the stress on the livestock, and having a one man system makes weekend bedding and feeding much easier’. And Giles Benson’s thoughts on the machine are to the point, ‘It does what we want it to do, and it is British built’.