Machinery & Products

Super Comby solves machinery headache for Fish Creek farmer

By Dairy News

Gippsland dairy farmer, Graeme Nicoll, Fish Creek, has recently purchased the latest Super Comby after a successful 10 year run out of his old one.

Graeme chose his first Super Comby 10 years ago when he was setting up his pit silage as his main source of supplementary feed. Not being a fan of machinery, he wanted simple gear that could do multiple jobs and would last. His first Super Comby met his expectations.

When Graeme was first looking to buy a feedout wagon, he was needing an 18–20m3 sized silage wagon, similar to his neighbours.

Due to his rolling terrain, getting in and out of the lane way, and through gates, he found that with the smaller wagon, he can get all he needs into it and feeding out takes similar time to that of the neighbours with the larger wagons.

“The Comby might look small, but I kind of struggle calling it a smaller machine, because it fits enough silage in to do the job,” Graeme said.

The low sides makes it easier to load, being able to see into the body, and where you’re placing the load from the tractor cab, making it easier to fill it properly.

To reduce the headache of owning machinery, Graeme’s philosophy was to buy machinery that could do multiple jobs.

Choosing the Comby meant he could have just one feeder to replace a silage wagon and a feedout cart.

This means just one machine to maintain, one machine for staff to learn to operate, and no need to be continuously swapping machinery on the tractor.

“This machine means we only need one feed-out machine on the farm.”

“Our first Comby proved that we could feed square bales, if we had to buy them in dry times, more than adequately.

“It does a great job of feeding out chopped silage, but also means if we’ve got a few round bales we can throw them in the wagon and feed them out as well.”

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