18 Mpande Road, Sebenza, Edenvale, Gauteng.
P.O. Box 1296, Bedfordview, 2008. South Africa.

Selected local bush and trees as Feed for Grazers

BushFeed !

Ritlee 225 BushFeed wood chipper with grinder Mk2

  • Comes in gravity feed chipping then grinding

  • or

  • Hydraulic feed chipping then grinding in one pass.

The Mk2 grinder head is fitted into the discharge shoot of our wood chipper:

  • Grinding is done with 40x swing blades grinding the deflected chips through a screen

  • Available in 12, 15 or 20mm holes– see below illustration.

  • Typically it is found that the 15mm is ideal for cattle feed and 12 mm for calves and sheep. This is in a well accepted consistency they enjoy!

The market is calling this a few different names like BushFeed, bush feed, boskos and Bos Kos.

Please read on below for analysis reports, some of the bush names used, mixes done, reported success stories etc.

Mr farmer, with the common drought conditions in different areas  throughout southern Africa like at present Namibia and Botswana, and earlier Eastern Cape and Northern Cape, Ritlee suddenly get inundated with inquiries for our Ritlee 225 with Mk2 grinder which results in Ritlee being left with no stock for a few weeks till our next production run is done.– 95% of these sales are urgent as livestock is suffering.

Consider this machine as a must have in your fleet of equipment. Studies showed production of 1 ton Chipped and ground wattle costs R1,300 to produce. You know your cost if you buy in 1 ton of Lucerne..

These chippers with optional grinder are illustrated below and on their dedicated pages.

Discharge Lever side of wood chipper Mk2

Discharge Lever side of wood chipper Mk2

After research, analysis, reading, discussion, trials, observation plus input from cattle and sheep farmers:

  • We used our Ritlee well proven 225 wood chipper.
  • Built a grinding chamber into the discharge shoot of this chipper.
  • Built in a lever operated deflector to direct produced chips down into a 40 bladed grinding chamber working through a 12mm, 15mm or 20mm H/D screen for feed consistency product.
  • Built in a easy collection system for the grindings.
  • Built in a simple and controlled discharge to bypassing the grinding chamber if chips only are required.
    • All this controlled with a simple spring loaded lever!

Ritlee research, reading & development:

  • Reading for example told Ritlee that Port Jackson was imported into South Africa after the first world war for two reasons:
    • 1. To stabilize beach dunes in East Cape.
    • 2. Port Jackson As a cattle feed which seems to have been forgotten.
  • Work in Stella area chipping and grinding Valbos told Ritlee that the cows really enjoy eating this in a feed consistency.
    • Below is a few analysis reports done by various reputable laboratories on indigenous and other bush and trees.
  • Trials done by farmers in East Cape on Black Wattle proved to be really beneficial, improving:-
      • Milk fats.
      • Protein levels.
      • We have had farmers reporting:
        • Better classification level for slaughter price after 5 days on Black Wattle 1 level improvement of the available 5 levels.
        • Higher calving percentage (Kraal cattle 6 weeks on Black wattle them Bull released in kraal 89% calving)
        • Free range cattle no black wattle then Bull released also after 6 weeks 75% calving)
      • Cattle eat this consistency with relish.
      • Is ideal for roughage and forming of cud.
      • Read attached analysis given to me by Eastern Cape Farmer
  • Ritlee now have well over +90 farmers scattered all over SA, Namibia and Botswana using our 225 wood chipper with grinder, and all with great success.
  • With regard to Tannin content after wattle has been chipped and ground into feed consistency:
    • Ritlee always recommend that a product like Brouse Plus is added to the drinking water, or if not possible mixed in with the wattle grindings.
      • See below about Brouse Plus and its properties with regard to proteins and tannin.
    • A lot of farmers do not add this or similar as they believe the Tannin is mostly dissipated after chipping and grinding and left for 12 hours after processing.

Attention please:—>>>Namibian Cattle, Sheep and Game farmers! (I would imagine Northern Cape and Regions of Botswana would also apply here!)

Animal Feed from Namibian encroacher bush

Bush based animal feed production is a viable option for Namibian farmers, as extensive research has shown. This manual provides guidance for producers.

After my reading this downloadable booklet about a project of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Sustainable Management of Namibia’s Forested Lands Project (NAFOLA). I thought it most important that Namibian, Botswana and Northern Cape farmers have easy access to this booklet.

Please click on below picture for PDF download.

Namibia encroacher bush as animal feed link to downloadable booklet

Namibia encroacher bush as animal feed downloadable booklet

Success with Black Wattle and Vaalbos

Illustration of cattle feed after chipping and grinding local selected bush and trees

Illustration of cattle feed after chipping and grinding local selected bush and trees

Black Wattle chips and Grindings

Chips and grindings through Ritlee 225 wood chipper with grinder

Chips and grindings through Ritlee 225 wood chipper with grinder

 

Rumen:

Rumen illustration of cattle

Rumen illustration of cattle

Rumen of cow / cattle illustration.

  • ­Animals with complex digestive systems
  • ­Capable of digesting material with a high fiber concentration
  • ­Uses microbial fermentation
  • –Cattle
  • –Sheep
  • –Goats
  • –Deer

Lots of trials and analysis has been done since!  We found!

  • Black Wattle growth 2,5 years and younger when chipped and ground and fed to cattle within 3 to 5 days gives best protein values and even assists in improving milk fats.
  • Farmers are using most Acacia, Poplar tree, Port Jackson and a lot more bush and trees.
  • We have customers who reported improved classification of cattle when sold within 6 days on wattle.
  • There is a  further analysis below as downloads for your info to read of Black wattle 2 weeks after grinding.

See below for Analysis of: (Sorry about my spelling!)

Green Chop,  Geelhout,  Gwamiebos,  Gobabis, Haak en steek, 

Kameeldoring,  Keree,  Lusern,  Ou Hout,  Port Jackson,  Prosopis,  Rosyntjie

Sojo Reste,  Swart Haak,  SW Doring,  Soetdoring

Valbos,  Voelent,  Wag n Bietjie

Other: Citrus Waste


Analysis Reports Downloads you can open to read, print or save!

Tractor Mounted Ritlee 225 wood chippers with optional Mk2 grinder available from Ritlee

Trailer Mounted units below this table

Please click on below picture to link to product page with all info!

Gravity feed–Tractor Mounted

225 wood chippers with grinder available from Ritlee.

Ritlee 225 gravity feed wood chipper with Mk2 grinder on display at Pietermaritzburg agricultural show

Ritlee 225 gravity feed wood chipper tractor mounted with Mk2 grinder on display at Pietermaritzburg agricultural show

Mk2 grinder section used on 225 wood chipper for BushFeed (Bush Feed)

Mk2 grinder section used on 225 wood chipper for BushFeed (Bush Feed)

RSS 225 Tractor Mk1 + Grinder for feed Tractor Mounted

Ritlee 225 Mk1 + Grinder for feed (Our first model) 

Hydraulic feed –Tractor Mounted

225 Wood chippers with Mk2 grinder available

Ritlee 225 Hyd Feed 225 wood chipper with grinder Mk2 Tractor Mtd

Ritlee 225 Hyd Feed 225 wood chipper with grinder Mk2 Tractor Mtd

Chipped and ground Swart Haak using Ritlee 225 chipper

Chipped and ground Swart Haak using Ritlee 225 Hyd Feed Tractor Mtd chipper


Trailer Mounted Ritlee 225 wood chippers with grinder available from Ritlee

Tractor Mounted units above this table

Please click on below picture to link to product page with all info!

Gravity feed–Trailer Mounted

225 wood chippers with grinder available from Ritlee.

225 Trailer Mounted wood chipper fitted with Mk2 Grinder Compact unit

225 Trailer Mounted wood chipper fitted with Mk2 Grinder Compact unit

225 Trailer Mounted wood chipper fitted with Mk2 Grinder Front View unit

225 Trailer Mounted wood chipper fitted with Mk2 Grinder Front View unit

225 Trailer Mounted wood chipper fitted with Mk2 Grinder engine position view unit

225 Trailer Mounted wood chipper fitted with Mk2 Grinder engine position view unit

Hydraulic feed–Trailer Mounted

Hydraulic feed Trailer Mounted 225 wood chippers with Mk2 grinder available

Ritlee 225 trailer mounted wood chipper with Mk2 grinder with optional engines

Ritlee 225 trailer mounted wood chipper with Mk2 grinder with optional engines

Hydraulic drive on infeed roller mounting. NOTE: Bypass line for high hyd pressure and Spider coupler joining to feed roller shaft (Expensive Hyd motor well protected.)

Hydraulic drive on infeed roller mounting. NOTE: Bypass line for high hyd pressure and Spider coupler joining to feed roller shaft (Expensive Hyd motor well protected.)

 


Ritlee customer farmers state to me that

Production is 1/3 the cost of if you bought in feed like Lucern.

There is virtually no wastage.

This is ideal for cud which cattle do not have with fine feed.

Is a ideal form of roughage.

Study Group learning about feeding cattle with Black Wattle

Study Group learning about feeding cattle with Black Wattle

This is one of some Face Book groups with well over 500 members now. They organised get together and discuss their experiences with alternate feeding and contribute suggestions for improving and saving.

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Useful Reading Downloads you can open to read, print or save!


FEED ADDITIVE DOWNLOADS YOU CAN OPEN TO PRINT, READ OR SAVE!


Some Mixes



Suggested Additives:

Browse Plus

https://www.virbac.co.za/home/farmer/products/browse-plus.html

Farmer Products

Brouse plus in container

  • Break the condensed tannin/protein complex to release proteins, which are essential for the action of the micro flora in the rumen as well as for the digestion of cellulose.
  • Prevents the absorption of the hydrolysable tannins.
  • Where structure of resin is modified, which then neutralises their negative effect on proteolytic enzymes.
  • Allow the intestine to absorb vital nutrients more efficiently.
  • Leaf intake of normally browsed plants, will be in- creased considerably together with plants not normally eaten.
  • Increased grazing of less palatable grasses.
  • Digestion is more active.
  • Dung will become softer with a green consistency.
  • Game animals will also benefit especially in draught conditions.

Mr Farmer — Please will you forward your results of bush or tree analysis reports you may have had done — If different or new, I will add it to this page for referel and refrence by other farmers who may be interested To: marc@ritlee.co.za My cel: 0844534499.


Related pages to visit on our web for our 225 wood chippers with optional grinders:

These pages cover our Ritlee 225 wood chipper with grinder and the TRF range of wood chippers with grinder used for the production of feed.

All are now developed so that you have a normal wood chipper capable of chipping brush and wood 180 or 250mm diameter, depending on model, where with simply engaging a lever, closing a door or changing a screen you now have a grinder as well as a “All in one unit!” all done in one pass!

Ritlee 225 Trailer mounted gravity wood chipper

Ritlee 225 Trailer mounted gravity wood chipper

Tractor 225 wood chipper with Grinder

Tractor 225 wood chipper with Grinder

225 Hyd feed tractor mounted chipper

225 Hyd feed tractor mounted chipper

TRF Mills and chippers ideal for maize, cattle feed home chipper


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