FEATURES & BENEFITS
Macerated crop equals less time in the field for a better
• The Extra Heavy Duty Macerator is built to withstand
rough field conditions.
• No tools required for field adjustment.
• Height of pickup reel is easily adjusted direct from
• The unique air system works like a shock absorber
and keeps the rollers tight together.
• Air pressure can, easily and quickly, be adjusted
with a simple turn of the knob for maximum performance under
various field conditions.
• Ground speed is up to 10 MPH (16 km/hr).
• The Macerator is ready to work for you and requires
no special hookups or brackets, all you need is a 70-80 HP
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INDEPENDENT STUDY REPORTS
A considerable amount of research has gone into the benefits
of macerated hay. The following are a few excerpts of various
"Laboratory tests showed a drying rate for macerated
material was roughly double that of conditioned material.
This fact, coupled with the wider and shallower windrow or
mat formed by the Macerator, accounted for a field drying
rate of about 4-6 times faster than with a mower conditioner."
"The alfalfa dehy industry found a 43% saving in gas
usage for dehydrating crop which had been macerated compared
to a conditioned crop."
Source - University of Saskatchewan, Dept.
and Biosource Engineering
"A recent feeding experiment with dairy cows in early
lactation showed that maceration increased alfalfa dry matter
intake and milk production. This increase in hay consumption
resulted in a significant increase of milk per day. Milk fat
remained the same and protein content was significantly higher."
Source - Savoie and Block
"Researchers have found that the main advantages of forage
maceration over conventional mowing conditions are: faster
field drying, less field losses when there is no rain, improved
digestibility of the fibre and more efficient silage fermentations."
Source - Special PAMI Report
"Macerated alfalfa dries faster. The reduced drying time
could help avoid rain damage, minimize yield losses from traffic
damage and permit more timely irrigation."
Source - Dan Putnam, University of California,
Davis extension forage specialist
"Maceration increased in vitro digestibility of alfalfa
stems by as much as 39%."
Source - Sirohi et al
Copies of the complete reports are available upon request,
please contact the factory.
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HOW IT WORKS
More Thorough Than a Conditioner
The Agland Macerator features a double set of rollers, allowing
it to do a more thorough job than any other system on the
market. The pickup reel feeds the crop to the rubber intake
rollers where the swath is flattened out before it is fed
through the steel patterned rollers. The air pressure system
helps maintain an even pressure on the rollers without crushing
Maceration takes place between the steel rollers. The top
steel roller runs at a slightly different speed than the bottom
roller. This action cracks and nicks the stems of the plants
and removes some of the wax, resulting in cell rupture. This
allows the moisture to escape at a quicker rate than with
conventional equipment, promoting a much faster dry down.
Preserves Nutrients and Color
Long exposure during dry down causes leaching of nutrients
and color. Less exposure to damaging sun rays helps preserve
both nutrients and color. This makes the finished product
a lot more valuable for export and domestic use.
Maceration helps to soften the hay, preserves the protein
content and exposes more plant sugar to allow more efficient
silage fermentation, making all of the hay more palatable
and increasing the digestibility of the hay or forage, which
may translate* into:
- increased energy
- significant weight gains
- increased milk production
*Depending on condition and type of animal. For more detailed
information on the benefits of maceration contact us for a
summary of the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute test
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