propelled machine. The introduction of the MechFiber345SP
marks a new, and long-awaited path for Keenan, which
showcased a string of innovations since its acquisition by
Alltech in 2016.
Keenan has focused on researching the loading and
chopping mechanisms available on the market to ensure
the best fit and has partnered with Italian company Storti to
deliver this new technology.
"When we announced our collaboration with Storti, some
thought it was all about introducing a Keenan vertical auger
to our range but that couldn't be further from the reality," said
Keenan CEO Robbie Walker.
According to Mr Walker, Keenan and Storti have been in talks
for some time about developing a self-propelled machine with
a loading mechanism that does not destruct fibre and delivers
the quality MechFiber mix that is so important to Keenan.
With class-leading cutter-head technology, the Keenan
MechFiberSP range has been engineered to deliver rapid
loading of a vast array of products, leaving a clean, uniform
face for optimum pit-face management. The tungsten-coated
blades feature a unique, crossed arrangement, performing
clean cuts without damaging the structure of the fibre, even
with very compact silages. Engineered with a focus on speed,
precision and versatility, the special placement of the blades
and configuration of the loading channel allows the cutter to
load in both directions and easily run in reverse if needed,
while a high-speed loading belt drastically reduces mix
Producing the noted Keenan MechFiber mix in 16 and 20
cubic meter outputs for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the
Keenan MechFiberSP range o ers left or right front discharge
via an adjustable conveyor for homogeneous distribution of
total mixed rations.
Available in both 25km per hour or high-speed `Plus' 40km
per hour models, the operating system of the Keenan
MechFiberSP range has been cleverly designed for ease of
maintenance and features a mechanical drive to the six-
paddle reel. This exclusive engineering system, by means of
power from the engine to the mixing system, thus reducing
fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent, as well as reducing
Fitted with the Keenan InTouch controller as standard, the
MechFiberSP range is connected to the Keenan InTouch
service, which provides real-time feed advice and ration
formulation through a dedicated team of skilled nutritionists.