Dutch feed company ForFarmers has developed an innovative ultralight multifunctional trailer to deliver animal feed more sustainably, hence cutting CO2 emissions by at least 8%.
The trailers has been developed by ForFarmers, in collaboration with Dutch logistics company H.W. van der Peet & Sons and AB Texel in Peterborough. The trailer can either deposit animal feeds loosely or blow them into a silo without the need for tipping. This has given ForFarmers the opportunity to supply both raw materials as well as compound feeds to a farm or factory location with just one vehicle. ForFarmers will soon be making 15 of these innovative trailers operational across the Netherlands, Germany and the UK.
The trailer is two tons lighter than a conventional tipper truck and can therefore transport more finished product. This allows ForFarmers to reduce the CO2 emissions per ton of transported feed by 8%. The trailer combines the advantages of a tank and a tipper truck and is therefore suitable for several different purposes. Its unloading system at the bottom of the trailer allows for animal feeds and raw materials to be loosely deposited without the need for tipping. It’s also equipped with a chute for blowing the compound feeds and raw materials directly into feed silos. The trailer is equipped with a VSE steering system; a hydraulic system which can control the trailer’s wheels without physically turning the truck. This simplifies the unloading at locations with limited space and significantly improves access to farms. The trailer’s multifunctional character means it is easier to arrange a return load. This will mean a reduction in the number of empty miles the lorries travel, which meets one of the objectives of ForFarmers’ sustainability policy.
The development and purchase of these innovative trailers demonstrates ForFarmers’ commitment to sustainability and finding sustainable solutions to practical problems in the industry. The tipper truck is the most important means of transporting animal feeds in the UK. However, there are significantly more safety issues when working with a tipper truck compared to a bulk truck. Tipper truck drivers need to take more safety factors into consideration when unloading, for example, tipper trucks are only able to tip on a flat surface and tipping cannot be done close to any power lines – a particular challenge for many agricultural units in the UK. Additionally, many buildings are too low for the tipper truck to be able to unload inside.
The prototype has now been in use for nine months. ForFarmers purchased another fifteen trailers, together with our partner AB Texel. Six of these new trucks will be operational in the UK.”