ForFarmers, incollaboration with Dutch logistics company H.W. van der Peet & Sons and ABTexel in Peterborough, has developed an ultralight, manoeuvrable andmultifunctional trailer which can either deposit animal feeds loosely or blowthem into a silo without the need for tipping.
This has given ForFarmers the opportunity to supplyboth raw materials as well as compound feeds to a farm or factory location withjust one vehicle. ForFarmers will soon be making 15 of these innovativetrailers operational across the Netherlands, Germany and the UK.
Frank van Kerkhof, Logistics Director, ForFarmers,said: Working in collaboration with body shop Van der Peet, and transportcompany AB Texel, we have managed to take a big step towards more sustainabletransport. The unique aspect of this trailer is that its suitable for avariety of different functions which will allow us to reach and serve all thefarmers needs.
Special features of thenew trailer:
The trailer is two tons lighter than a conventional tipper truck and cantherefore transport more finished product. This allows ForFarmers to reduce theCO2 emissions per ton of transported feed by 8%.
The trailer combines the advantages of a tank and a tipper truck and is thereforesuitable for several different purposes. Its unloading system at the bottom ofthe trailer allows for animal feeds and raw materials to be loosely depositedwithout the need for tipping. Its also equipped with a chute for blowing thecompound feeds and raw materials directly into feed silos.
The trailer is equipped with a VSE steering system; a hydraulic systemwhich can control the trailers wheels without physically turning the truck.This simplifies the unloading at locations with limited space and significantlyimproves access to farms.
The trailers multifunctional character means it is easier to arrange areturn load. This will mean a reduction in the number of empty miles thelorries travel, which meets one of the objectives of ForFarmers sustainabilitypolicy.
Sustainable and safe solution
The development and purchase of these innovativetrailers demonstrates ForFarmers commitment to sustainability and findingsustainable solutions to practical problems in the industry.
The tipper truck is the most important means oftransporting animal feeds in the UK. However, there are significantly moresafety issues when working with a tipper truck compared to a bulk truck. Tippertruck drivers need to take more safety factors into consideration whenunloading, for example, tipper trucks are only able to tip on a flat surfaceand tipping cannot be done close to any power lines – a particularchallenge for many agricultural units in the UK. Additionally, many buildingsare too low for the tipper truck to be able to unload inside.
Frank van Kerkhof continued: I often wonderedwhether we would be able to find a solution to these problems. This newdevelopment means we have now found a sustainable solution to the practicallimitations on farm. The prototype has now been in use for nine months and wehave since purchased fifteen trailers, together with our partner AB Texel. Sixof these new trucks will be operational in the UK.