FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We're not only nutrition experts, but we're always on the cutting edge of innovation. Sharing some commonly asked Jaylor questions may clear some things up for you. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have.

 

How does fiber affect my cows?
What's the difference between vertical and horizontal?
How many mixer sizes does Jaylor make?
What does TMR stand for?
What general maintenance has to be done on this machine?
What is the purpose of the oil reservoir on the outside of the machine?
How long do the knives last?
In what application would I want to have a two-speed transmission?
Will a Jaylor mixer take large round or square bales?
How much will this mixer increase my milk production?
How fast does the auger(s) turn?
How many cows can I expect to feed with each size of mixer?
How much do the machine's weigh?

How does fiber affect my cows?

Effective fiber creates a scratch factor causing cud chewing, which produces saliva that neutralizes acid, improving rumen function while minimizing feet and leg problems. This means your high producing cows stay on feed with less digestive upset. Less stress means better feed intake, which leads to improved milk production.

What's the difference between vertical and horizontal?

The most obvious difference between horizontal and vertical mixers is their structure. Vertical mixers are comprised of one or two large vertical augers, while horizontal mixers have three or four long horizontal augers.

Vertical mixers increase maximum mixing capacity by approximately 10%. They can handle unlimited amounts of roughage. Horizontal mixers have trouble processing larger commodities such as large round or square bales.

Vertical mixers will last you 70% longer than Horizontal mixers. Since Vertical mixers don't have any large sprockets and chains to replace, the maintenance is drastically reduced.

How many mixer sizes does Jaylor make?

Currently we're manufacturing 14 different models, ranging from 300 cu ft to 1250 cu ft, both single and twin screw.

For a complete review of our product line, please refer to the 'Mixers' section of our website.

What does TMR stand for?

Total Mixed Ration, which is both a concept and way of life.

The TMR Concept considers they way cows eat and makes it easier for farmers to ensure the correct nutrients are being consumed. Dairy farmers know the quality of feed helps ensure the quality of the milk. Cows are a little bit like kids. They pick through their ration and pick out the tasty smaller grains.

For nutritionists this is a cause for concern because the cow's rumen will drop significantly in PH. This causes acidosis (upset tummy) or laminitis which at the barn level manifests into sore feet. Both conditions can become chronic or acute with serious impacts on production in the herd.

Traditionally farmers have fed their cows hay followed by wet silages, then grains, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. This is an extremely labor intensive and ineffective method because it creates a poor ration environment and acidosis. With compromised nutrition levels farmers are forced to spend money on extra feed, veterinary costs and labor.
Farmers needed a way to produce healthier and more cost effective feeds. That's where TMR comes in, it's been the single most influential factor in increased milk production in the last 10 years. Since the early 1970's TMR feeding has gained in popularity, but has always been limited by the amount of hay that can be incorporated in the ration.
Today, engineering technology provides us with Vertical TMR Mixers that harvest forages, large round bales and large square bales, maintaining effective fiber. Vertical TMR mixers blend all the necessary feeding components into a balanced Total Mix Ration. Now farmers control exactly what their cows eat and the quality of their milk.
Farmers find that feeding a balanced TMR mix to their cows can increase their milk production by 2 or 3 pounds per day. Maintaining a healthy herd is the most important thing to a farmer. Nothing affects the quality of their milk like the feed they eat.

Vertical TMR mixers process as quickly as a farmer can load the machine. Vertical TMR mixers are giving dairy farmers greater command over the quality of their milk production. We keep working hard to innovate because nutrition matters.

What general maintenance has to be done on this machine?

Jaylor machines are designed for rugged performance with very little maintenance required. Regular machine maintenance consists of: greasing moving components such as PTO joints, bearings, periodically checking oil levels, the condition in the gearbox, inspecting knives, and other wear items and replacing as necessary.
Review your Operator's Manual for complete instructions and regularly calibrate scales.

What is the purpose of the oil reservoir on the outside of the machine?

The plastic reservoir, located at the front of the mixer, provides a quick and easy viewing of the fluid levels for the planetary gearbox.

This simplifies service by easily monitoring fluid level and condition at all times giving you trouble free operation and peace of mind.

How long do the knives last?

Knives are a wear item. They are manufactured with a tungsten carbide coating for durability and wear resistance.

However, because of varying farm operations and processes, it is difficult to estimate an accurate life expectancy for knives under so many operating conditions. Foreign matter such as rocks and excessive amounts of sand will inherently affect the life of the knives. High hourly use per day will also affect their life span.

In what application would I want to have a two-speed transmission?

The two-speed transmission is helpful in areas such as starting up under load while a marginally powered tractor is being used to power the machine. In low gear, it provides an approximate 20% torque mechanical advantage versus direct or high gear.

It's also helpful to slow the auger(s) down if the mixing is too aggressive for certain types of feed commodities.

Will a Jaylor mixer take large round or square bales?

Yes, in fact most people don't realize they can. Mixing large volumes of hay in the ration is one of the biggest advantages Vertical TMR mixers provide over previous methods of TMR feeding.

How much will this mixer increase my milk production?

While we cannot guarantee increased milk production numbers, we have confidence that our machines will increase your production. Please refer to our customer's testimonials; they come from varying farm environments and areas of the world that thank us for increased production.

Our machines have been university tested and under proper test conditions have proven results. We highly recommend consultation with a reputable feed nutritionist, in combination with our machines, for optimal results.

How fast does the auger(s) turn?

They turn 39 to 41 revolutions per minute (RPM) at full Tractor PTO speed (Either 540 or 1000 RPM depending on the model).

How many cows can I expect to feed with each size of mixer?

Each machine will be different based on the farm and farmer. As a rule of thumb, a dairy cow eats an average of 4 – 6 cu ft of feed per day.

A farmer with a 425 cu ft machine could be feeding a herd of 100-150 cows, once a day. However, another farmer with the same machine could be feeding multiple times a day to a much larger herd of 300-400 animals.

Therefore, the number of cows a specific machine can feed depends on the farmer's preferences, the hours spent feeding per day, and the total herd size.

How much do the machine's weigh?
Each machine's weight is different. Please review our mixers individual specifications found in our 'Mixer' section.