VF1250 Diet Feeder: Willie Hall, Prior Hall, Ireby, Cumbria

Having had his old Abbey paddle mixer for 17 years, Willie Hall decided that it was time to trade it in. It was still going strong, but he felt it was time for a change, so he opted for a VF1250 tub mixer.

Is it as good as his old machine? “It’s very manoeuvrable and produces a good mix,” says the Cumbrian dairy farmer. “It’s a simpler machine mechanically because it has fewer moving parts. And with this one, we’ll be [...] Continue reading →

9ft Maxifloat Topper: George Curry, West Newbiggin, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

The main reason why George Curry decided to buy the 9ft Maxifloat is because it’s offset. The Northumberland farmer’s old topper ran directly behind the tractor. “But with this new one being off to the side, it means we’re not trampling over the stuff we’re trying to cut,” he adds.

Having used it for two seasons, topping about 200 acres per year, he describes it as a “good, strong and simple machine”.

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VF1500 Diet Feeder: Gordon Meek, Eland Hall Farm, Ponteland, Northumberland

Eland Hall Farm had been using a paddle mixer for 20 years, but when it came to buying a new one, there were several factors that persuaded Gordon Meek to go for an Abbey tub mixer.

“The cost difference was quite significant and the reliable service we get from Rickerby was another important factor,” he says. “The Abbey’s also quicker at chopping and mixing big bales.”

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3500 Slurry Tanker: Mains Farm, Gifford, East Lothian

3500 Slurry Tanker: Simon McCreery, of Yester Mains Farm, Gifford, East Lothian

Simon McCreery runs a busy dairy farm in East Lothian. As well as milking about 400 cows and growing 150 acres of arable crops, the business sells its own dairy products under the Yester Farm Dairies brand. Milk, creams, soft cheeses and cultured creams such as crème fraiche, sour cream and low-fat natural yogurt are all produced on site.

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8ft Topper: Eltringham Farm, Stocksfield, Northumberland

8ft: Arnold Harrison, of Eltringham Farm, Stocksfield, Northumberland

Arnold Harrison’s new 8ft Abbey topper has to cope with some tricky terrain on Eltringham Farm in the Tyne valley.

As well as 90 acres of arable land which is farmed on a contract share, most of the 120 acres of grassland on Eltringham Farm is on a grazing licence to Arnold’s son Thomas who has pedigree Herefords.

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VF1250 Diet Feeder: Kilngate Farm, Welton, Cumbria

VF1250: EI & JL Metcalf, of Kilngate Farm, Welton, Cumbria  

Simon Metcalf is over the moon with his new Abbey feeder. Not only does it do a good job, but it’s saving him money – a vital consideration at a time when dairy farmers are struggling to make a profit.

“It’s brilliant,” he says. “It makes a perfect mix for the cows, it’s a quick mixing machine and it’s handy, just the right height for our buildings. We had another brand [...] Continue reading →

2090 Side Spreader: Terrace Farm, Cockermouth, Cumbria

2090 Spreader: Ian Armstrong, of Terrace Farm, Cockermouth, Cumbria

Ian Armstrong runs a hill farm near Cockermouth with his mum and dad Agnes and Robin, his wife Catherine and their daughters Rachel, Kate and Lucy.

They have 80 suckler cows, mainly pure Limousins as well as 600 sheep: 350 Swaledales on the fells, going up to more than 1,400ft on Kirk Fell, and 250 Texels and mules on the inbye.

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VF2050T Diet Feeder – producing consistent results

VF2050T Diet Feeder – producing consistent results

“Our 300 cows are milked three times per day and produce 10,500 litres annually. We need to get the diet right for these high output cows. The Abbey VF2050 rapidly produces very consistent mixes and helps us do exacting diets to maximise performance. In fact its vital to the smooth running of our dairy operation”, Peter Hewitt, Batty Hill Farm, Cockerham, Lancaster, United Kingdom.

Reliable and Easy to use Twin Tub

Reliable and easy to use Twin Tub

“We needed an easy to drive twin feeder, with low profile to load as we have a kid steer and is easy to use to feed 500 cows on our two farms. Reliability was key as it has to be up to challenging feeding tasks. We’re certainly impressed so far”, David Coulthard, Chalkside Farm, Rosley, Cumbria, United Kingdom.

High Mix Quality on UK farm

High mix quality on UK farm

We invested in a VF1500 Diet Feeder to drive dry matter intakes, have the versatility to handle any feed and to rapidly mix feeds into a palatable feed. The feeder was competitively priced, effortlessly handles high DM feeds and produces a consistent mix rapidly. We now take a more scientific approach to feeding our stock – thanks to Abbey”, Rod McBean, North Shrophsire, United Kingdom.