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KC’s SilaPactor Receives Award for innovation

The team at Kelvin Cave Ltd is celebrating a major industry award, having returned home from the Royal Welsh Show with the prestigious Dr Alban Davies Trophy.  The prize was awarded for the SilaPactor – the heavyweight implement which has the capacity to increase the density of silage by as much as 40% – which fought off competition from every machine exhibitor at this major farming event.

Awarded for the ‘machine, implement or device which is likely to be of most benefit to Welsh farmers’, the judges were not only fulsome in their praise for the SilaPactor itself, but commended the entire Kelvin Cave silage-making system.

John Robertson, chairman of the judges, said: “This is a company that knows its stuff and impressed the three judges. They are experts in efficient forage production and this innovation could be of great value on Welsh farms where forage is so important.”

Praising the efficacy and simplicity of the SilaPactor, he said: “In all respects it’s a great device and for the cost involved it’s good value for money – you are winning in all directions.”

Previous winners of the award – which has been an annual highlight of the Royal Welsh Show since the 1950s – include Massey Ferguson, The Ford Motor Company and Lister.

“We feel it’s a great honour that our silage-making system has been recognised in this way and always strive to find the best feed and forage preservation solution for any UK situation,” said company managing director, Kelvin Cave.

Top Gear – That Really Packs a Punch!

Henry Ford was once quoted as saying of his iconic Model T motorcar that “you can have it in any colour you like, so long as it’s black.” Yet, despite his somewhat intransigent attitude to customisation, he went on to become one of the most successful car makers of all time.

Here at Kelvin Cave Ltd we’re known for our brand leading Korte (green) and Murska (purple) grain processing machines, all of which are synonymous with quality and reliability. However, we don’t subscribe to a ‘one size fits all’ philosophy – and we’re not just talking throughput capacities of 1.5 to 50 tonnes/hour either. We understand that farmers and contractors often have very different and specific needs and expectations from their machines, which, unlike Henry Ford, we are more than happy to deliver.

Over the years we have faced numerous challenges from customers seeking to incorporate the proven performance of our grain-crimping and rolling technology into machines that can offer even more than just their outstanding grain-processing ability. This has brought about the development of mill-and-mix machines with integrated on-board hoppers and tanks for adding minerals, protein and molasses supplements to grain to produce high value, balanced, concentrate feed at the point of processing.

Korte 1400 by Kelvin Cave LtdThanks to our dedicated engineering team and extensive fabrication and workshop facilities, we can design and build bespoke chassis and trailer units to help make machines across the range easily relocatable, as well as constructing static, gantry-mounted installations, such as this electrically powered Korte 1400 (pictured right), which is destined for a feed blending facility.

Add-ons, such as on-board weighing, have proved particularly popular with contractors who need to monitor and record throughput accurately for their clients, as well as for farmers seeking a simple method of determining crop yields.

Our own KC Bruiser 600 and 1250 British-built grain-rolling machines are helping to further expand the options available to farmers, and can also be fitted with weighing systems and ancillary features.

With the harvest season all but over for another year, now is a good time to take stock of the toll taken on machines and plan ahead for any maintenance or repairs that may be necessary.

We can undertake all forms of mechanical and electrical repairs and refurbishment including complete strip-downs, bearing and drive-train replacements, roller refurbishment and machining, shot blasting, re-spraying, rewiring and general maintenance checks.

Much of this work is best done before laying-up machines for the winter and, if done now, can contribute significantly to longevity and reliability over time. Contact us now to book your machine in for a refurbishment or to discuss your specific requirements for a bespoke mill-and-mix unit.

As the sole UK distributor for Korte and Murska we have exclusive access to approved spares and components, as well as the technical expertise and support of the world leader in grain-processing machinery.

Going Through the Mill

Mill-and-Mix Upgrade Transforms the Working Day
Finishing 800 store cattle on the farm every year and processing all of the stock’s grain through a small static mill, the Wilcock family from Gladden Hey Farm in Wigan knew the time had come to upgrade their system.

Comprising a family partnership of David and his son Martin with his two brothers and nephew, the team – which also runs a busy haulage business – was keen to streamline the farming day and cut the hours of labour spent preparing cattle feed.

“The old mill would only process around 1 tonne of grain an hour which meant we had it running for about 28 hours a week,” says Martin. “But when we started looking around for an alternative we found there was very little which offered us the flexibility, ease of operation and the time-saving we wanted.”

They were finally introduced to Michael Carpenter, Kelvin Cave’s northern area manager, who explained that the company not only offered a range of Korte and Murska mills which would meet their required throughput, but that the mills could be modified at the company’s Somerset workshop to precisely suit the family’s needs.

“They opted for the Murska 700 which offers a throughput of 10 to 12 tonnes per hour and can be adapted so that other ingredients can be added after the grain has been processed,” says Michael.

The Wilcocks chose to add a hopper which would be used for their high protein concentrate plus a smaller hopper for minerals, while the framework for an IBC allows molasses to be fed straight into the mix.

“The hoppers are very easy to calibrate via a variable speed hydraulic motor, and the final product is dust-free and palatable, which is important for driving intakes on their ad lib feeding system,” he says.

The M700 mill has now been on the Wilcocks’ farm for around three years where it is estimated to have processed around 4,000 tonnes to date and has transformed the family’s working day.

“We feed around 4 tonnes/day and prefer to mix a few small batches each week to keep the feed fresh,” says David. “It takes less than an hour to mill each batch which means a job which used to take 28 hours is now done in around three hours each week.”

With most of the grain from the farm’s 500 acres of wheat and barley going through the mill, the family says the machine has lived up to their expectations in every way.

“We’re very pleased with its performance and reliability and receive good back-up as Michael has popped in a few times to reset the rollers if the sample has not been to our liking,” says Martin.

He also believes the key to its trouble-free operation is in keeping the machine maintained so he steam-cleans the mixer every six weeks and greases it regularly.

“We also wanted a mill that travelled well on the road and did not have too large a horse power requirement as at peak times there may not be a large tractor in the yard,” adds Martin’s nephew, Thomas, who now does most of the milling. “We find it is economic to run and a 100HP tractor handles it easily and in terms of ease of use and the time it has saved it is probably one of the most useful machines on the farm.”

Martin concurs and says he would happily recommend Kelvin Cave mills and will not look elsewhere when the time comes to trade it in.

The proof of the product is seen in the finished cattle which are mostly sold through Chelford where the family has a good reputation for the quality of its stock.

Most are bought by independent butchers rather the larger processors and as David pulls out the previous week’s report it shows that six of the sale’s top seven cattle came from the Wilcock family and all were purchased by the same buyer.

Pictured above are Martin Wilcock (right) and his nephew Thomas with their Murska 700 mill-and-mix machine which processes much of their farm’s 500 acres of cereals.

(Pictured above are Martin Wilcock (right) and his nephew Thomas with their Murska 700 mill-and-mix machine which processes much of their farm’s 500 acres of cereals)

New trailed model of KC Bruiser 600 for mobile grain rolling

On-farm feed preservation and grain-processing specialist, Kelvin Cave Ltd, has launched a new trailed version of the smaller of its two British-built grain rollers. The KC Bruiser 600, which will be on display for the first time at the Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) on Wednesday 4 February, adds a new level of flexibility to this popular range.

The KC Bruiser 600 will deliver a throughput of traditional, flat-rolled grain for home-grown cereal blends and crimping, at a rate of 7-20 tonnes per hour, depending on grain type and quality. Because of its smaller size, this model is suited to processing grain in more confined situations than the larger and higher capacity model in the range – the KC Bruiser 1250. This makes the Bruiser 600 particularly suited to contractors who wish to take equipment into tight spaces on smaller farms.

Bruiser 600However, despite its size and agility, the KC Bruiser 600 features the same heavy-duty 600mm diameter flat rollers as its bigger brother; is fully adjustable to produce exactly the quality of roll required for any situation; and will process any type of grain.

Suitable for crimping grain for ensiling at 30-45% moisture as well as rolling drier grain for aerobic storage, the KC Bruiser range features magnetic protection to remove ferrous metal debris and tough marine-quality paint for long-life protection. It can also be equipped for grain preservative application.

Both models can be fitted with the unique Kelvin Cave Ltd on-board digital weighing system, making them ideal for contractors who have to deal with unknown quantities of grain at different locations. These weighing systems ensure greater application accuracy when preservatives are being added and a reliable measurement of crop yield.

Supplied mounted on a robust trailer-chassis as standard, bespoke options to suit specific requirements are available to special order.