LAMMA 2020 Preview: BvL V-Mix

LAMMA 2020 is just around the corner and the decision to move to the NEC, Birmingham, in 2019 appears to have been a success. The upcoming January show promises to be equally as impressive and in terms of stand space, it’s fully booked with 700+ exhibitors.

by Steven Vale/Mervyn Bailey

23 Dec 2019

Taking place on January 7th and 8th, the show follows hot on the heels of Agritechnica, and some of the machines unveiled at the German show will be getting their first UK airing. There will also be plenty of other new kit also on display.

This includes German mixer wagon manufacturer BvL, which will show a new version of the V-Mix designed for use with Compact TMR. Compact TMR originated in Denmark and involves the soaking and pre-mixing of the dry components of the ration with water. This is then left to soak overnight after which the rest of the ration mix is then added.

The main benefit is that it is impossible for the dry elements of the ration to be separated out, either during feeding or by the cow pre-sorting, so each cow is fed a far more consistent ration. As a result, every cow is fed a far more consistent ration, resulting in a yield improvement of up to 2.0-litres a cow, in addition to potential improvements in milk quality.

The BvL Compact TMR mixer is fitted with different augers, which due to the need to leave the mix to soak overnight are faced with rust-proof stainless steel as is the main body of the mixer.

Available with a wide range of discharge door options, the 36m3 triple-axle V-Mix feeder coming to LAMMA is designed specifically for Compact TMR.

In place of the standard mixing auger, the Compact TMR augers fitted in the mixer are not as tall, but are wider and have extended mixing blades plus an additional auger blade for more intensive mixing. The mixing augers and tub are finished with a high-quality stainless-steel.

Accuracy is the key to the system, so BvL is also introducing its new cloud-based mixer ration app which can be used to display the required ration and weigh and record the actual ration mixed.

During the next couple of weeks, we’ll feature more of the new tractors and machines to look at for at LAMMA.