mixer wagon, ration quality control
Three mixer wagons, a poor condition triple auger (PCA), a good condition triple auger (GCA), and a new reel type (RT) mixer, were evaluated after 2, 4, 6, and 8 minutes of mixing time. Two diets were used: a grower diet with 37.14% ground hay and 62.86% concentrate and a finisher diet with 10.22% ground hay and 89.78% concentrate on a dry matter basis. Concentrate included whole shelled corn, high moisture ear corn and pelleted and liquid supplements. The coefficient of variation among acid detergent fiber levels appeared to be the best indicator of adequacy of mix. The PCA mixer required 8 minutes to mix both the finisher and grower diets. The grower diet appeared adequately mixed after 2 minutes for the GCA mixer and after 6 minutes for the RT mixer. The finisher diet appeared adequately mixed after 4 minutes for both the GCA mixer and the RT mixer.
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Wagner, J. J. and Pritchard, R. H., "An Evaluation of Three Mixing Wagons" (1993). South Dakota Beef Report, 1993. 14.