Patent Number: 6,332,426

Title: Implement for feeding animals

Abstract: An apparatus for feeding animals provided with a supply channel which receives wrapped feed bales and sequentially delivers them one by one by gravity to a location wherein they are held and a plastic wrapper is removed from them by a severing element. The plastic wrapping is seized by two side-by-side cylinders which discharge it through a discharge conduit. The wrapper is severed by a wire cutter suspended from a framework surrounding the bale therein, the cutter being suspended from springs and connected on each end to motors for reciprocating same. Optionally, the cutter wire can be heated. The bale is held in place during the cutting operation and then released to be received by cutting elements that cut the fodder therein to dimensions which can be consumed by the animals. A delivery mechanism including a nozzle carries the cut fodder to stalls to be consumed by the animals. The delivery mechanism includes magnetic device or devices which may be electromagnets for removing pieces of metal which may be mixed with the fodder.

Inventors: van den Berg; Karel (Bleskensgraaf, NL)

Assignee: Lely Research Holding A.G. A Swiss Limited Liability

International Classification: A01K 5/00 (20060101); A01D 87/00 (20060101); A01D 87/12 (20060101); B65B 69/00 (20060101); A01K 029/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018