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TO BETTER reflect its national reach
and wide range of animal feeding and
milking systems, industry stalwart
Rakaia Engineering Ltd has rebranded sever-
al of its divisions with the name REL.
The products and services REL now offers
include grain handling and storage units, in-
dairy feeding systems, and custom built dairy
John Kuyf established Rakaia Engineering
22 years ago to build welded grain silos, and
he said that side of his business has now come
"We started out building silos but then it
became much cheaper to import them so we
moved into that. Now the cost of shipping has
increased so much that we have installed a
roll forming machine to manufacture our own
modern-design silos. Our REL silos are ideal
for dairy operations or smaller farmers. They
can hold up to 48 tonnes of wheat and com-
fortably handle a truck and trailer load of
grain," he said.
In addition to silos, REL handles a full
range of grain storage and handling equip-
ment. It includes aeration and drying systems,
grain augers, and pneumatic conveying
equipment. For larger farmers REL can build
easy access grain storage sheds with drying
floors, fans, heaters and stirrers.
For dairy farmers REL can provide high
performance rotary and herringbone milking
sheds as well as hard-wearing, accurate feed-
ing systems. REL sheds are not kitset jobs
based one or two designs. They are custom
built to accommodate existing farm layout,
laneways and centre pivots.
"Our Rota-Tech rotary platform is support-
ed by nylon platform rollers. They require
virtually no maintenance and are now becom-
ing the industry standard," John Kuyf said.
"Our platform fits any shed design, and we
work with farmers to ensure their chosen
milking system fits our platform."
REL can also supply its own top gates and
backing gates, with or without a wash option.
For more than a decade REL has been
developing and building feeding systems for
dairies, piggeries, and poultry sheds. For
dairy operations in-shed feeding is one of the
best and most cost effective means to increase
The company's tough and precise Profeed
feeding system can handle the whole range of
supplementary feeds -- crushed grain, protein
and mineral pellets, palm kernel and soya.
Profeed can also dispense molasses along
with the feed.
To compliment its Profeed system REL
also supplies the heavy duty Feedmaster line
of grain crushers for preparing feed.
In addition to its in-dairy feeding systems,
for the past three years REL has been the
New Zealand distributor of Keenan mixer
wagons. As with its other products, REL does
not simply sell Keenan mixer wagons as a
commodity but as a feeding system.
John Kuyf said he is proud of what his
family owned business has achieved in the
past two decades. It now manufactures and
markets some of this country's best livestock
feeding systems and has business arrange-
ments with leading machinery manufacturers
around the world.
By rebranding his company he is signaling
his intention to stay at the forefront of New
Zealand agriculture for years to come.
For more information, contact Rakaia
Engineering Ltd, phone 0800 474 567.
Expanded product line leads to re-branding
A new REL silo
combined with a in-dairy
pellet feeding system.
Freephone 0800 942 006 to find out more
or see your rural supplier today.
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rural supplier today about Donaghys
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input costs in these tough times.
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