Unit A7 Grader Place, 23 Grader Road, Spartan Ext 3, Kempton Park, 1619, Gauteng.
Sales JHB Completes:- John 073 9303799, KZN Marc 084 4534499

Cattle Feed / Livestock Bush Feed from Selected Bush and Trees

BushFeed / BosKos using Ritlee 225 Chipper fitted with grinder through various available screens for Ruminates

Grinding selected bush for cattle feed

Grinding selected bush for cattle feed

Rumen illustration of cattle

Rumen illustration of cattle

Eating ground Black Wattle

Eating freshly chipped and ground Black Wattle with 10% chop

300 Plus dairy cattle enjoying 90% black wattle and 10% chop.

Milk fats also improved on Black Wattle!

Link to 225 wood chipper page Trailer mounted gravity feed

Link to 225 wood chipper page Trailer mounted gravity feed with optional grinder

Vaalbos ground and collecting

Vaalbos ground and collecting


Some analysis results of most popular downloads from our web!

Some analysis results of most popular downloads from our web!

BUSH-TO-FEED refers to the production of animal fodder from indigenous and encroacher bush and supplements to provide affordable fodder as supplementary feed throughout the year.

Bush-to-feed production contributes to bush thinning, restores degraded range land and obviously increases agricultural productivity on this land!.

Farmers testified that bush-feed production reduces pressure on the lands and grazing. It also allows maintaining the herd size during times of drought.

  • Many farmers provide bush-feed to their cattle and sheep receiving excellent results.
  • Farmers have tried different bush-based rations depending on the availability and cost of supplements.
  • The use of local pods and drought resistant fodder crops, such as camelthorn pods and spineless prickly pear as supplements are found to be suitable options to enhance nutritive value.

Here in Southern Africa trees and shrubs have been used for centuries as a source of feed for animals.

  • All Acacia, which is a  legumes are able to convert, by means of rhizobium bacteria, atmospheric nitrogen into usable nitrates giving them the exceptional quality of being able to grow in nitrogen-deficient soils.
    • (Rhizobia are diazotrophic bacteria that fix nitrogen after becoming established inside the root nodules of legumes.)  
  • This practice will once again slowly clear lands for your grazers allowing regrowth of grasses when your rains eventually arrive again! .
  • This bush which has been regarded as a encroach plant is a cheap source for the production of feed.
    • Below are a lot of different downloadable analysis of various bush and trees– Please have a quiet look through!

Please — Do Not Burn the vegetation– this destroys the life in your soils, it destroys the microbial, fungal, bacteria, life resident in your soils, and which is desperately needed when your regrowth periods arrive again!

Some pictures of product after being chipped and ground through our Ritlee 225 wood chipper with Mk2 grinder!

blackthorn or black-thorn acacia (Senegalia mellifera)

Blackthorn

Blackthorn or black-thorn acacia (Senegalia mellifera) bush chipped by Ritlee 225 with Mk2 grinder.

chipped and ground Swart Haak Botswana customer

Chipped and ground Swart Haak using Ritlee 225 chipper Hydraulic feed with Mk2 grinder

Mk2 Grinder Hydraulic feed doing swarthaak

Ritlee 225 with Mk2 Grinder Hydraulic feed tractor mounted chipping and grinding Swart Haak

Leucosidea sericea, Ouhout is a shrub or small tree of up to 4m high

Ouhout chipped and ground

Ouhout chipped and ground through our 225 chipper gravity with Mk2 grinder

Vachellia erioloba (camel thorn, giraffe thorn, or Kameeldoring in Afrikaans), still more commonly known as Acacia erioloba, is a tree of southern Africa in the family Fabaceae

Kameeldoring pads used as feed!

Acacia erioloba or Kameeldoring for its nutritious pods as feed!

Kameeldoring pods after chipping and grinding

Kameeldoring pods after chipping and grinding through Ritlee 225 Chipper with Mk2 grinder– we used our Gravity feed unit here!

seed pods on Kameeldoring tree

Typical seed pods on Kameeldoring tree easily ground through Ritlee 225 chipper with Mk2 Grinder

Vachellia erioloba scattered in Karoo

Vachellia erioloba (camel thorn, giraffe thorn, or Kameeldoring in Afrikaans) scattered in Karoo

  • Drie Doring as feed Video (Northern Cape)

Black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) is one of the most popular trees used in SA using our Ritlee 225 with Mk2 grinder for fodder.

Black wattle for feed

Black wattle used for feed– Best quality is 2 yeas old growth and younger with the leaves

Chipped and ground Back wattle through 15mm screen

Black wattle chipped and ground

Black wattle chipped and ground with 225 wood chipper with our grinder

300 Plus dairy cattle enjoying 90% black wattle and 10% chop
Eating ground Black Wattle

Eating freshly chipped and ground Black Wattle with 10% chop


Some useful reading and downloads

(Mr Farmer, if you have any other bush analysis you are prepared to share, PLEASE send me copy so that i can upload for others to see and read!)

Analysis reports done by reputable laboratories– downloads

  1. Analysis Ouhout, Wattle, Soja reste
  2. Analysis Swarthaak, Geelhout, Rosyntjie, Gwamiebos, Kameeldoring
  3. Analysis Vaalbos HaakenSteek Cedara
  4. Analysis Vaalbos, karee, SWDoring
  5. Analysis Wag n Bietjie, Soetdoring, SwartHaak, Voelent, Gobabis, Prosopis, Rosyntjie,Lusern
  6. Analysis Black Wattle (Green Chop)
  7. Analysis Black Wattle 2
  8. Analysis Citrus Waste from processing
  9. Analysis Green Chop
  10. Analysis Wattle which was peletised to see if change in proteins etc

A very useful Links: (Please come back to Ritlee after done!)

This database contains more than 700 records from 100 tree species that are relevant for European conditions. The database allows selection of individual species, groups of species, and specific nutritional aspects of tree leaves.

Document reference 

Luske, B.; van Meir, I.; Altinalmazis Kondylis, A.; Roelen, S.; van Eekeren, N., 2017. Online fodder tree database for Europe. Louis Bolk Institute and Stichting Duinboeren, the Netherlands. 

Please click on the document to enter your criteria

N., 2017. Online fodder tree database for Europe.

Online Fodder data base chart

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 link to downloadable booklet 

Typical Animal Digestive System

 12 Month example of Butter Fats and Protein levels from farmer in East Cape who produces from 65,000 to 600,000 litres of milk per month

It has been suggested to me that if you are needing a consultant of sorts, Minaar farm consultancy has offered to be of help– Please contact them on Facebook!

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

Some Mixes

  1.  Sheet of 3 Mixes with Black Wattle Grindings
  2.  Sheet of 2 Mixes with Black Wattle Grindings
  3. A Mix note from a good 225 user of ours!

    A Mix note from a good 225 user of ours!


Bush Feed / Livestock Feed made with Ritlee 225 BushFeed Wood Chipper with Mk2 grinder –

  • comes both in gravity or hydraulic feed, as a tractor mounted or as a trailer mounted unit.– All covered below!

Processed in one pass!– Load your selected bush or tree material (Use growth which is 2 years and younger for best protein levels)– material chipped—Chips travel up discharge and diverted to grinding chamber with 48 blades grinding these chips through selected screen with 8, 10, 12, 15 or 20 mm holes to grind through.

If you want chips only then move selector lever to chips only or if you want grindings only then move selector to grinding only!

When loading, please assure that bush is trimmed for ease of loading for chipper to feed and process, also, obviously, the finer the grinding, the slower the production – please assure loading of bush at a rate in relation to the speed of the machine.

Depending on product and size of screen, will chip and grind about +2,5 cu meter grindings per hour.

Other Names: Bos Kos, Boskos, Bush Feed, Bos tot Kos.

This 225 wood chipper with Mk2 grinder has proved itself very successful in our typical South African bush and trees for many years now with ongoing sales to dairy, cattle, sheep and game farmers.

THEN:

From March, 2019 with a really bad drought in Namibia, we at Ritlee were inundated with requests for urgency and orders of our wood chippers with Mk2 grinder. These were so high that we expanded on production and staff, have been working overtime including weekends, endured the electricity shedding, endured the striking etc just to try and keep up.

Because of the numbers, we did let customers down in terms of promised delivery, but thankfully as at end October, we have caught up nicely and sent out all orders to customers

In some cases with delays of over 3 months, which we know is totally unacceptable, but just could not be helped as we too were learning to cope with the high numbers!.

  • 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!

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

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.

Please:

Consider this machine as a must have in your fleet of equipment. Studies showed production of 1 ton Chipped and ground wattle costs R1,400 to produce in early 2019. You know your cost if you buy in 1 ton of Lucerne..


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 48 bladed grinding chamber working through a 8mm, 10mm, 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.

Please click on picture of unit which most interests you to take you to this product page. Thanks!

Ritlee Hydraulic feed 225 wood chipper with Mk2 grinder on trailer or 3 point frame for tractor

Ritlee 225 Tractor mounted wood chipper with Mk2 grinder with Hydraulic feed

Ritlee 225 Tractor mounted wood chipper with Mk2 grinder with Hydraulic feed

Ritlee 225 Hydraulic feed wood chipper with Mk2 grinder Trailer mounted

Ritlee 225 Hydraulic feed wood chipper with Mk2 grinder Trailer mounted

Ritlee Gravity feed 225 wood chipper with Mk2 grinder on trailer 

Ritlee 225 Trailer chipper with Newest Mk3 grinder

Ritlee 225 Trailer chipper with Newest Mk3 grinder

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

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

Ritlee Gravity feed 225 wood chipper with Mk2 grinder on 3 point frame for tractor

Ritlee Gravity feed 225 wood chipper with Mk2 grinder on 3 point frame for tractor

Ritlee Gravity feed 225 wood chipper with Mk2 grinder on 3 point frame for tractor

  • Video of 225 wood chipper tractor mounted gravity feed in operation 
  • Both Grinding and Chipping!

Some Chipper downloads:

  Ritlee 225 wood chippers all 225 pamphlet

  Ritlee 225 Gravity Feed only all

  Ritlee 225 Grinders all Summary

  Ritlee 225 Hydraulic feed Hydraulics only promo

  Ritlee summary of range we handle.


Ritlee farming customers state to me that:-

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

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 organise get togethers and discuss their experiences with alternate feeding and contribute suggestions for improving and saving.

 Please like us on our Ritlee Facebook page to have updates put on this page 


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

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.

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A Nice to watch video with Trailer Mtd Chipper with grinder Gravity feed!

225 Tractor with Mk2 grinder gravity feed grinding feed for cattle

Video Grinder Gravity!

Will call you a Smurf from now on Alen!— Very interesting experiences of Alen using Black wattle on his 300 head of Dairy cattle!

May be ideal for the farmers with some 4 head of cattle!


 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!

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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