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5614 Tec Drive Avon, NY 14414
(585) 226-9680
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7689 Ridge Road West Brockport, NY 14420
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2818 Earlystown Road Centre Hall, PA 16828
(814) 364-1421
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8926 W. Main Street Clymer, NY 14724
(716) 355-4236
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49290 State Route 14 East Palestine, OH 44413
(330) 426-2166
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13521 Cambridge Springs Rd. Edinboro, PA 16412
(814) 734-1552
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7852 RT 66 Fairmount City, PA 16224
(814) 764-5159
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1756 Lindquist Drive Falconer, NY 14733-9720
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817 Tobias Road Halifax, PA 17032
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4751 County Road 5 Hall, NY 14463
(585) 526-6325
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8011 Paxton St. Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 583-2101
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185 Route 31F Macedon, NY 14502
(585) 425-4428
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5809 William Penn Highway Mifflintown, PA 17059
(717) 436-5553
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2070 Cayuga Dr. Ext. Niagara Falls, NY 14304
(716) 731-1330
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7615 Lewiston Road Oakfield, NY 14125
(585) 948-5261
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13330 Rt.31 Savannah, NY 13146
(315) 594-0115
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336 Vaughn Street Springville, NY 14141
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Top 10 Implements For Livestock Operations

Top 10 Implements For Livestock Operations

What are the Top 10 implements for livestock operations that you should have in your machine shed? The implements that are right for you always depend on the tasks you need to get done. But having said that, here’s a list of the top 10 implements for livestock operations we believe owners should have in their machine sheds to take care of the most common jobs they’ll face.

#1 – Tractor Loader

There’s plenty of loader work to be done around any livestock operation. Bale handling. Manure clean-up and compost piling. Debris cleanup. Not to mention all the other maintenance jobs around any large property.

#2 – Mower Conditioner or Disc Mower

Most operators support their livestock year round with their own hay operation. There are several pieces of equipment that can be used for cutting hay. But when it comes to cutting larger fields typically found in livestock and dairy operations, the two most commonly used tools are a disc mower or a mower conditioner.

A disc mower and other hay cutting tools do an excellent job of cutting the hay. A mower conditioner cuts the hay, then conditions the hay by running it through a conditioning system that cracks or crimps the stalks to promote moisture evaporation and faster drying. The conditioned hay is then pushed out the back of the MoCo forming windrows to a size of your choosing.

Again, choose the piece of equipment that’s right for your operation.

#3 – Baler

Square bales or round bales? Again, your size and type of operation drives the decision here. But for most average size livestock operations, a round baler is typically the most cost effective choice. With equipment properly sized to your operation, one person can usually bale, store, and feed all the hay harvested with a round baler.

#4 – Front Bale Spear

If you’re in the livestock business, then you’re in the livestock feeding business. That means handling and moving round hay bales. And the most fundamental way to do that is with a Front Bale Spear.

#5 – 3-Point Bale Spear

Right on the heels of the bale spear for the front of your tractor is the one for the rear of your tractor. A 3-Point Bale Spear. Chances are when you’re moving hay any significant distance you probably need to move more than one bale. Being able to load up both the front and the rear of your tractor saves time, which saves money.

#6 – Hay Tedder

Depending on your local conditions, a Hay Tedder can be one of your most valuable pieces of equipment. It helps producers in wet or humid areas bale hay faster because it speeds up dry down time and thus improves hay quality. Just like with other equipment, the right tedder for you depends on size of operation, terrain you’ll work in, and budget.

#7 – Hay Rake

If you’re tedding hay, then you’ll also need a Hay Rake to pull the hay back into proper windrows for baling. There are several different types and sizes of hay rakes available in the market. You’ll find links to videos about some of them below.

#8 – Manure Spreader

As we often say, if you’ve got livestock, then you’ve got manure. It builds up in pens and pastures. So you clean it up, pile it up, and let it dry into composted “nutrient gold” you can spread wherever you need fertilizer.

#9 – Sprayer

Out of control weeds reduce pasture quality, which impacts nutrition for your livestock. The most efficient method for weed control in the typical livestock operation is with a Sprayer. Again, size and type of operation will dictate your options.

#10 – Rotary Cutter

Do you have brush, or weeds, or grass that’s gotten a lot taller and rougher than it should be? Or maybe you have a lot of pasture, but the grass has gotten out of control and grown too thick and too tall. A Rotary Cutter is the implement you need for controlling that overgrowth and keeping your pasture and edges clean and managed the way they should be.

There you have it. The top 10 implements for livestock operations you should consider first. Because cutting, drying, raking, and baling hay, handling large round bales, dealing with manure, and controlling weeds are probably near the top of your work list almost every day.

Don’t forget, always read the Operator’s Manual before storing or operating any piece of equipment, and follow all operating and safety instructions.

And remember, if you’re looking for equipment that’s built to get the job done season after season, year after year, you’ll find it – and all kinds of advice on how to use it – every day at your John Deere dealer.