Frequently asked questions
CATTLE FEEDER ASSEMBLY
How are the cattle feeders put together?
The feeder arrives at your property in a completely nestable stack, complete with all necessary hardware, ready for assembly. We provide step-by-step instructions for assembly, and you can view our online assembly video. The entire unit can be assembled and ready for use within 30 minutes.
What tools do I need to assemble the cattle feeder?
The only tools you need to asemble the RCF 9500 cattle feeder are a:
- 6mm allen key (or T-handle or socket drive)
- 13mm and 17mm spanner (or a shifter)
What material is the cattle feeder made from?
Our poly cattle feeders are made from Matrix Rotathene SUPA UV.
Rotathene SUPA UV achieves outstanding performance in UV rating making it ideal for cattle feeder use in the demanding Australian environment. It was designed by Quenos to provide an outstanding level of protection against UV degradation (oxidation), incorporating a UV and thermal stabilisation package.
This means our poly cattle feeders, made with Rotathene SUPA UV, will withstand harsh climatic conditions and maintain their strength and integrity.
CATTLE FEEDER MODULES
How does the domed hatch open?
The domed hatch is lightweight and easy to open. The hatch opens safely using a stainless steel wire rope, which is attached to the hatch.
When the cattle feeder is closed the loop on the end of the wire rope secures the hatch in the closed position using a fixing point on the rib of the roof.
To open the hatch, detach the loop from the fixing point, walk towards the rear of the cattle feeder, then secure the wire rope to the fixing point on the trough at the rear of the cattle feeder.
To close the hatch, simply reverse this process.
What is the trough length?
Being a round design, the Roswell Ag RCF 9500 poly cattle feeder provides 11m of effective feed trough space.
Unlike square cattle feeders, which have corners and lose critical trough space, our round cattle feeder can feed more cattle at the same time. This results in faster and more efficient feeding.
How heavy is the roof and the hatch to lift off?
Two men can easily remove the cattle feeder’s roof. It weighs approximately 75 kgs and has round edges with no sharp corners for them to injure themselves on.
THE CATTLE FEEDER ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM
How does the feeding adjuster work?
The feeding adjuster is a patented skirt that wraps around the entire unit and has a height adjustment system using stainless steel thread and lock nuts, allowing you to infinitely adjust the whole skirt up or down.
By how much can the feeding adjustment be varied?
The cattle feeder is continually adjustable within the range of 0–40mm.
USING THE CATTLE FEEDER
How does the cattle feeder reduce wastage?
Our cattle feeders have one central filling point via a domed hatch on the top of the upper conical roof.
The driver positions the auger over the hatch and fills the cattle feeder (monitoring the feed level from the tractor via translucent sides without needing to get out of the cab). There’s no need to drive along the cattle feeder during filling, significantly reducing the spillage rate.
Will the trough keep the feral pigs out?
The lip of the trough is 0.7m above the ground and is designed at that height to keep the majority of feral pigs out.
For larger orders, if you don’t have a problem with pigs, and would like to feed small calves, we can customized the leg length according to your needs.
How are cattle feeders filled?
Our RCF 9500 cattle feeder is easily filled using an auger via one central filling point - the domed hatch - at the top of the conical roof.
The driver positions the auger over the hatch opening, fills the cattle feeder and monitors the feed level from the tractor without getting out of the cab.
Can the cattle feeder be used for stock other than cattle?
Given that the rim of the trough is 0.7m high, the RCF 9500 cattle feeder is best suited for cattle.
However, for larger orders, we will customize the leg size. We are also looking at developing units for sheep and other livestock for our next generation feeders.
How is the cattle feeder moved?
The cattle feeder is ONLY TO BE MOVED WHEN EMPTY.
There are two options to choose when moving the cattle feeder.
1. Using slings
Fully open the skirt and drop the slings in through the cattle feeder's domed hatch (lid). This lets them fall through the skirt opening.
Attach 1 sling to each leg through the skirt opening
2. Using tyne extensions underneath the trough
You can also lift the cattle feeder from underneath the trough area using long tine extensions (forklift slippers).
To move the cattle feeder long distances, simply dis-assemble, place the components in their nestable stack on a truck and reassemble the cattle feeder in the new location.
CATTLE FEEDER CAPACITY
What quantity of ration does the cattle feeder hold?
The cubic capacity is 9.5m3. Based upon a commonly used feed ration with a bulk density of 0.6 tonnes per cubic metre, the feeder will hold 5 700 kg of feed.
What type of feed can be used in the feed bin?
Any type of feed can be used, from grains to mixed feeds and pellets.
Our feeder is not suitable for hay.
CATTLE FEEDER WEATHER PROOFING
Will the feed get wet in the rain?
It is extremely unlikely that the feed ration in the cattle feeder will get wet in the rain if the hatch is firmly secured to the roof with a wire rope. And the properties of LLDPE ensure that if the cattle feeder gets bent, it quickly bends back, stopping the rain from ever entering.
Plus, the weather shield prevents feed ration getting wet on days when the cattle are feeding at the trough in the rain.
How does the cattle feeder cope in very windy conditions?
As per our Product Information Guide, to prevent movement from high winds and damage to people and/or property, Roswell Ag recommends that our cattle feeders are secured to the ground at all times by a minimum of three fixing points.
To do this, Roswell Ag recommends using ground anchors, metal pegs (made from 16mm reinforcing bar) or star posts driven through the steel loops on every second corner of the cattle feeder's hexagonal base.
Roswell Ag accepts no responsibility and offers no guarantee that its cattle feeders will not be moved by the wind given unknown wind strengths, unknown condition of the ground that the feeder is secured to or other vagaries of nature.