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

Supplementing Feed for Grazers

Hi There--

Hi There– This wattle has 31.94% Soluble Proteins, 13.59% Crude Protein & 12,87% Adjusted Crude Proteins. Plus plenty more goodness and fibre! Please see all our Analysis downloads below!


Since beginning 2016 Ritlee have tried to assist cattle, sheep, goat and game farmers with both, equipment and gathered information for feed suplementing in a economical way and using specific local bush and trees to achieve this end. 

Below you will see a good amount of interesting reading:

Black Wattle after chipping and grinding through our 225 with 15mm screen

Ritlee started with their own manufacture and design chipper in 2004.

Typical screen used for grinding our chips through! 10mm, 13mm, 15mm, 20mm

During the bad drought in 2014/5 Ritlee noticed in affected areas that there was no grass and trees and bush were eaten to a height typical of local livestock trying to keep alive.

This is when our investigation started with reading, discussion with agricultural colleges, discussion with farmers, etc as to the nutritional other values of indiginous and invasive bush and trees found throughout RSA typically on farms and rural.

Because of the emergency we incorperated a grinder onto our Ritlee 225 wood chipper to grind the chips produced into a consistancy ideal for cattle, goats, game etc. This has worked well with more than 40 units now in the field being used for the production of feed.


Typically farmers are using the following bush and trees:

  • Black and silver Wattle, Port Jackson, Soetdoring, Poplar, Haak en steek, Swart haak, Rosyntjie, Gwamiebos, Kameeldoring, Wag n Bietjie, Voelent, Gobabis, Prosopis etc,
  • With Black Wattle farmers normally chip and grind branches with their leaves of growth which is in average 2 years old and younger.
  • A lot of these have been tested and analised by professional laboritories — downloadable reports below!
  • It is totally suggested that your local bush or trees be tested first before chipping and grinding through a Ritlee 225 chipper with grinder for feed.

Here is a picture of a farm in East Cape feeding his cattle with 90% black wattle and 10% chop mix.

Please Note:

  1. I am NO farmer and all I am offering on this page is results from intensive research and info given to me by other farmers and colleges.
  2. Please if you get any analysis done, please send me a copy to upload on this page for other farmers to refer to– The more info the better!
    • Please send to: marc@ritlee.co.za
    • or
    • Phone me on 0844534499
  3. Ritlee really will appreciate any comments or sugestions you may have– this is the only way we can improve both our product and our company!
  4. Our Ritlee 225 wood chipper customers are our best salesmen — Happy tell your farmer friends, not happy please let us know! (We are always improving!)

In 2004 Ritlee designed and manufactured their first Ritlee chipper for the SA Market and its conditions, in which time we have now sold +600 units to farmers, contractors, coucils etc.– Some 5 years later the first ‘copies’ started to appear. Please insist on our well proven H/D Ritlee 225 wood chipper which is available as a tractor or a trailer mount, both gravity or hydraulic feed and with options of fitting a chip grinder on discharge and a 90 deg turn for row prunings chipping!

When ordering a grinder attachment, this must be done at order. (With grinder, we have a manual operated trap door —open, normal chipper and closed all chips are diverted to grinding chamber for grinding!– Really does work well!


Our Gravity feed wood chipper is fine for Wattle, Poplar, Soet Doring, Port Jackson etc.
Our Hydraulic feed would be used for bushy and ridgid material like Swarthaak etc or material which goes really tough and non flexing during the dry months.

Botswana Area Chipping and Grinding Black Thorn Picture Gallery


Suggested Additives:

Browse Plus


  • 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.


Some Analysis of Bush & Tree Results

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

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

** Poplar & Taaibos currently in for testing. Results will be posted as soon as available. **


Some Interesting Reading and an Analysis of Indigenous Bush and its Palatability

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

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

Feed Mixes Farmer’s Have Shared with Me

Mr Farmer — Please note– this and all info on this page is only intended as a help in your own research on different aspects of bush feed!
Please will you forward your succesful mixes you feel other farmers will be interested in. I will upload load these on this web page!
To: marc@ritlee.co.za My cel: 0844534499