The livestock farm saved by an idea and an Agri Plus telehandler
The Agri telescopic handler is an absolute must for every livestock farm.
Breeders love it for its versatility, because it can be used for a variety of very diverse tasks.
Thanks to its accessories it can adapt to every job: cleaning stables or transporting feed with a front bucket, moving and stacking hay bales with bale spikes, and carrying heavy loads on the forks.
The case we present today illustrates how the versatility of a Dieci telescopic elevator has helped two enterprising Australian livestock farmers to resolve a situation that could have put their livelihoods at risk.
Livestock farms in danger in New Wales
This year in Australia, the disastrous effects of climate change have been acutely felt.
While the northern states have been flooded by torrential rains, the southern states, and New South Wales in particular, have endured a long period of drought that has almost wiped out water resources, bringing the region’s agricultural industry to its knees.
The large herds that graze freely on the prairie during normal weather have had to be fed and watered with tankers, requiring considerable resources and energy on the part of farmers.
The Australian government has even allocated over 400 million euros of funding to cope with the emergency.
The solution and the telehandler at work
To overcome this situation, ingenious young entrepreneurs Joey Fleming and Justin O’Brien had a brainwave.
They transformed several old 30-tonne shipping containers into food and water dispensers, which they placed at livestock collection points.
The converted containers also serve as sunscreens, since vegetation in the area has been almost entirely dried up by the scorching temperatures, which have remained above 40°C for months.
To make his idea a reality, enterprising and ingenious farmer Joey (who is also an expert welder) used the Agri Plus telescopic handler owned by his family’s company.
Thanks to the Agri’s fork and ability to lift several tonnes, it was possible to move the containers to make the necessary modifications and then transport them to the collection points.
The bottom of the containers was reinforced with a V-shaped structure that directs water and feed to the side walls, letting it fall in the right amounts into long troughs welded to the sides.
The system has worked very well, allowing the two farmers’ herds (and those of numerous neighbours) to survive one of the most devastating dry spells ever seen in southern Australia.
The containers can be periodically replenished from above with food and water, allowing the animals to help themselves, whereas previously the farmers were forced to travel hundreds of kilometres each day, laden with supplies, to feed and water their animals.
The telehandler’s versatility
It is not the first time that Joey Fleming has demonstrated tenacity, ingenuity and ability: thanks to the versatility of the Agri Plus and its many available accessories, Joey was able to build a new barn and even a hangar for his old Piper Comanche aircraft (planes are a vital mode of transport in these vast territories), which he personally services and maintains!
All of which goes to show once again that with the right tools, in the hands of the right people, every challenge can be overcome.
Thanks to Joey, Justin and Agri Plus!