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

Cattle / Game / Goat –Bush Feed from Selected Bush and Trees

Selected bush feed for cattle. BushFeed refers to the production of animal fodder from selected indigenous and encroacher bush and supplements to provide a affordable fodder as supplementary feed throughout the year. 

Producing BushFeed / BosKos for Ruminants using one of Ritlee’s 225 Chippers fitted with grinder through various screens sized 8, 10, 12, 15, 20 

Rumen illustration of cow

Rumen illustration of cow

Grindings of selected bush for cattle feed

Grindings of selected bush for cattle feed

Illustration of some game Rumanents

Illustration of some game Rumanents

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!

225 wood chipper Trailer mounted gravity feed

225 wood chipper Trailer mounted gravity feed

Chipped and Ground Swart Doring

Chipped and Ground Swart Doring


Bush-to-feed production assists in the collection of selected bush and trees for cattle, game and goat feed, 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.

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

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 Swarthaak

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

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

 

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

Pelletising Black Wattle

Pelletised wattle grindings done at Nampo

Pelletised wattle grindings done at Nampo

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


Pelletising Equipment for produced grindings

Wanting more info on Pelletising equipment!

Mr Jones kindly processed Chipped and ground black wattle shown above through one of his Pelletising Machines!


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!)

Different reports done by reputable laboratories– (Please press download to read!) 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
  11. Below analysis and comparison report Contributed by Anton Dresselhaus from Namibia
    Analysis report of common Acacias

    Analysis report of common Acacias


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 

 

Some analysis of selected bush results of most popular downloads from our web!

Some analysis of selected bush results of most popular downloads from our web!

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

 

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 –

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!.

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:

Ritlee research, reading & development:

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

Tractor mounted hydraulic feed wood chipper with chip grinder

Tractor mounted hydraulic feed wood chipper with chip grinder

Ritlee 225 Hydraulic feed wood chipper with grinder Trailer mounted

Ritlee 225 Hydraulic feed wood chipper with grinder Trailer mounted

Ritlee Gravity feed 225 wood chipper with Mk2 grinder on trailer 

Trailer Mounted 225 wood chipper with grinder Mk2-- Gravity feed

Trailer Mounted 225 wood chipper with grinder Mk2– Gravity feed

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


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.


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

 Browse Plus General Info Pamphlet

 Browse Plus Mixes

 Browse Plus Technical Info

 Latest Pamphlet of Brouse Plus

 Typical Animal Digestiv System


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 referral and reference by other farmers who may be interested To: marc@ritlee.co.za My cel: 0844534499


Contractor chipping and grinding Black Wattle for feed for cattle for Dairy farmer group in Kokstad area.  (Gravity Feed)

Wood Chipper 225 showing chipping and grinding —All in one machine!   (Gravity Feed)

Dairy Farmer Story! —All in one machine!   (Gravity Feed)

Jones kindly did a sample of Black wattle for us!!!

General Interest –Alan feeding 300 head of Dairy Cattle using Black Wattle.-Very prolific in his area!. 

Wood Chipper with Grinder Tractor Mtd (Hydraulic Feed) 

Wood Chipper with Grinder Trailer Mtd (Hydraulic Feed) 

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

Drie doring as feed Video (Northern Cape)

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