AusMix feed mixers built heavy duty in Australia to handle the harshest conditions are proving highly effective for high fibre and high grain rations
The AusMix range of Australian-made feed mixers are meeting high demand on farms and in feedlots across the country
Units have been delivered from North-East Victoria as far as Central NSW and Queensland and across to Western Australia’s South-West.
Wodonga-based Ausmix is reporting farmers and feedlot operators are enthusiastic about a range of Feed Mixers that offers Aussie-made strength backed by quick local service with the return of this more traditional supply network.
Producers can expect much quicker service and support for these world class feed mixers as they are engineered and constructed in the regional heartland of Albury-Wodonga.
The service aspect of farm equipment has been especially apparent over the past two years where the supply, parts and backup for many overseas manufactured models has been impacted by component shortages and shipping disruptions.
Ausmix’s sister company Farmtech Machinery, owned by the well-known Modra family, is already an established distributor and manufacturer of farm equipment for cultivation, fodder conservation and general farm jobbing.
This includes distributing highly successful brands such as Penta and Jeantil, international market leaders in feed mixers and wagons for over 10 years.
The company is also actively involved in refurbishment and modification of mixing equipment. However, growing calls for all Aussie made Feed Mixers to meet the specific needs of local producers has cemented the establishment of Ausmix.
At the heart of every Ausmix model is a Fibre-X vertical tapered auger developed specifically for the requirements of local feeding programs.
With razor-sharp knives it chops fibre to deliver improved mix characteristics to give livestock an obvious nutritional edge in terms of productivity and herd health. The Fibre-X’s outputs and consistency have been substantiated by the independent Penn State separator test.
Apart from the standard heavy-duty long life build already in an Ausmix by dealing with a local manufacturer you are able to order the most extensive custom build with extended elevators and every extra you will need
Models to suit all operations
The Ausmix range covers single, twin and triple auger models in trailed and truck-mounted configurations, with product capacities in the 8 to 45 cub.m range.
All Ausmix models are manufactured with heavy-duty, long life material including 20mm auger and floor plate, 10mm tub walls, and 3 different types of heat-treated tungsten carbide cutting knives.
Drivetrains incorporate premium gearboxes to match the punishing conditions required to be successful in the local livestock feeding 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/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 offer the extra benefit of 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 conveyor models have the capacity to feed out on both sides, while all Ausmix conveyors and elevators are fitted with either rubber tread or chained slats to cater for all types of fodder.
Ausmix’s readiness to listen to the customer’s real needs are a major reason behind the fast rise in popularity for this mixers’ model line.
Lets get straight down to business – shown here are the strong build components that go into Ausmix’s XL32 twin screw trailed model that proved ideal for feeding 10,000 head of cattle a year on a feedlot at Tamworth NSW
Feedlot operation adds capacity
Feedlot operator Mitch Maquire, who turns over 10,000 head of cattle a year at Tamworth NSW, was chasing more capacity within his feeding operation and when considering a new mixer. Mitch subsequently became a ‘guinea pig’ for Ausmix’s XL32 twin screw trailed model.
Mitch explained, “We use a very dense ration – with 70% odd grain, and to get that capacity and mixing capability we had a yarn with Ausmix to come up with a solution. We run tempered grain, taking grain at 10 to 12% arrival moisture to 19 to 21% so we’re adding density and friction to the mix.
“We add a lot of moisture including a molasses-based liquid supplement, almond hull, straw and it creates a very dense and heavy friction ration, it’s a very different mixture to a big bulk load of hay, or 20 to 30% grain plus a bit of hay and silage, Mitch explained.
“We raised the idea of a Ausmix supplying a trial machine, and in turn we agreed to provide honest feedback about its suitability in a feedlot situation, as we knew these models were popular in dairies,” Mitch added.
“We told Ausmix we’re going to put 12 to 14 tonnes in it – almost like a grain cart – we wanted to make sure we wouldn’t break anything.
“With grain in mind we asked for tighter tolerances on the doors and the augers’ cutting ears, small gaps around the planetaries at the bottom, and heavier planetaries. We put the elevator on scales and added a liquid delivery system.
“Our custom-built Ausmix arrived in February. We bought it expecting greater efficiencies, by carrying more feed and getting it out to the stock much quicker.
“It worked out well, 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, and it’s probably saving us 2.5 to 3 hours a day for the same operation compared with the smaller mixers we’ve had previously.”
“With a feedlot you can’t have a breakdown that can’t fixed within 24 hours. A mixer is the most important thing you’ve got, if you can’t deliver feed on time, you’re in trouble. For that reason, I need support quickly.
“If I can get a turnaround within a day for anything major – get a part or component up here within 12 or 24 hours – at least the part is there and it’s not ‘oh we’ve got to wait on a boat from overseas’.
“So, the idea of local serviceability is very good. And at the end of the day, I also wanted to support a bit of Aussie ingenuity,” Mitch added.
AusMix’s XL14 Vertical Feed Mixer with a 14 cub.m capacity is allows beef producer ray Snell to prepare a ration that aims to add at least one kilo a day to his herd as he builds them up to 700kg plus ready for market
Beef producer adds vertical growth
Victorian beef farmer Ray Snell is another Ausmix buyer that has benefitted from his choice to buy local
“To do that the feed mixer has got to mix various rations to get the protein and energy into the cattle to get the growth on them.
“We target a growth weight over a number of days; the cattle are only here for a given time till they get heavy enough, I aim to get all cattle on and off our 400 hectares at Bonegilla in less than 12 months.
“We buy our cattle at about the 400-plus kilograms mark and we grow them out to 700-plus kgs, so over 300 days we need to achieve a kilo a day.
“The only way you can do that is by using a good ration, feed them well and run more cattle on the land we already have, then turn them over in a time that gives us the best value.
“We bought our latest mixer from Ausmix. I’ve known the Modra family for quite a while, and we’ve bought other equipment off them over the years and found their service to be very good.
“They know their stuff – particularly Brad – he knows what cattle need as far as nutrition is concerned, we found he’s got a very good knowledge of all that.”
“I had a look at 3 or 4 different mixers, and I liked the Ausmix because it’s locally made, and it’s a wider machine so you get more feed into it. It works well and it’s strong with those 20mm floors and 10mm steel sides.
“And as to a local service – the boys have been very good. We said, ‘this is what we want’ and they went away and built it, and I can’t do that with one that comes from overseas, or wherever it comes from.”
“I bought an Ausmix because I know the boys, they’re good people, they stand behind what they sell, I trust them, the price was comparable and the machine was very strongly built.
“We tow our Ausmix XL-14, a 14.0 cub.m feed capacity model with a 120kW (160hp) Fendt tractor – it does it easy,” Ray added.
Dairy farms such as Ryan Scott’s that has to manage 1000 plus milkers have turned to AusMix higher capacity models such as the XL30 shown here with a 30 cub.m capacity that is also especially built for dairy farm operations with a host of extras that makes sure the operations runs smoothly and cows are getting exactly to right ration every time
Ideal for Dairy farming
West Australian dairy farmer Ryan Scott milks a herd of 1000-plus cows at Capel in the South West. He recently switched to an Ausmix-30 twin screw mixer saving money on the purchase price and came out ahead on service and support.
“I’m really happy with the build quality of the Ausmix. As far as features go they built this machine for me – it’s got a lot of stuff on it that I wanted changed – to a custom build.
“The Ausmix designers were more than happy to accommodate everything I wanted, whereas I’ve tried that with other mixer manufacturers in the past and they wouldn’t do anything other than their standard build.
“There’s a lot of personal requirements on my Ausmix that the boys were more than happy to accommodate – all practical things that make my job easier.
“Obviously I’m really happy with the Ausmix-30 twin screw mixer performance and with the deal we negotiated, it was a very good buy,” Ryan concluded.