As a truly mixed machinery show, there is plenty of grassland and livestock equipment to ponder over at Lamma.
Ranging from 476 to 775hp, New Holland has updated its five-model self propelled forager range, now badged FR Forager Cruiser.
All models now get FPT power, and all but the flagship model meet Stage 4 emissions standards through the use of SCR technology and AdBlue.
A new standard Eco mode setting is designed to reduce fuel consumption in field conditions where it is not possible to load the engine fully, for example when harvesting low yield crops.
In addition, a new feature called PowerCruise can be used to maximises productivity by continually monitoring the power required and adapts the forward speed of the forager to reach the highest possible work rate.
For the operator, many features from the CR combine cab have migrated onto the FR including a fresh look, a single control strategy and improved comfort.
Following on from the development of its ‘small’ series Big X 480 and 580 self propelled foragers, Krone has added extra models right through its range.
Currently, the line-up consists of the Big X 480 and 580, which use a 630mm wide chopping cylinder, and the larger 600, 700, 850 and 1100 which use an 800mm wide chopping cylinder (model numbers roughly relate to power ratings).
For 2016, to give customers more choice, the firm has inserted three new models; the 530 and 630 to add to the smaller machines and the 770 (pictured) to add to the larger machines.
In particular, the 630 and 770 are said to be suited for contractors, offering a high degree of versatility when harvesting mixed crops.
In addition to extra models, the larger machines have also been refreshed and now get several features adapted from their smaller stable mates. This includes family styling, MaxFlow drum, StreamControl, drum brake, optional additive tanks and a new, larger machine terminal.
All machines are available to order now for the 2016 season.
Getting its first public showing at the event, Vicon presented its new non-stop round baler, the FastBale.
Unlike the recently revealed, variable chamber Lely CB and Krone Ultima non-stop baler developments, Vicon is aiming its new FastBale squarely at the mass, fixed chamber market.
With two chambers arranged in series, this allows a number of rollers to be shared. Operating as a pre-chamber, the first section of FastBale produces two-thirds of the bale. As the pre-chamber reaches its preset density, crop flow is diverted into the main bale chamber, allowing baling to continue non-stop.
The pre-chamber is then opened, moving the pre-formed bale into the main chamber, where it can be taken to its 1.25-metre maximum size. Once bale formation is complete, crop flow is switched back to the pre-chamber to start the process again.
Net is then applied to the completed bale, the tailgate is opened and the finished bale is transferred onto the wrapper. This entire process enables baling to continue uninterrupted, the manufacturer says.
Faster bale processing, improved manoeuvrability and a lower power requirement when mixing are among the key features of a new range of Powermix vertical auger diet feeders from Shelbourne Reynolds.
Created in response to user feedback, the Powermix Plus models are twin auger machines in sizes of 16, 18 and 22 cubic metres, all available with single or tandem axles. A shorter, more compact layout means they are easier to manoeuvre around yards, says the manufacturer, while a simpler design incorporates the chassis into the tub weld assembly.
Bale chopping speed has been improved and spillage risk reduced, claims Shelbourne Reynolds, through a new tub shape with smoother sides which also improves material transition between mixing chambers and allows it to move around the tub more freely. Faster chopping times are also achieved through horizontally-mounted auger blades, increased auger speed, and a new straw ring design.
Kuhn’s new front-mounted disc mower conditioner, the FC 3125 F, was on display at the show.
With a 3.10 m working width, it features improved terrain following capabilities and variable conditioning speeds, and is ideal for use as part of a high power, triple-gang setup, says the manufacturer.
The FC 3125 F uses a re-designed twin-linkage headstock attachment and shark fin inspired-design which houses an innovative suspension set-up. The new design and linkage system is said to improve operator visibility and enables the mower to oscillate at angles of up to 30 degrees. It is also able to move vertically by up to 0.70m.
Conditioning intensity is controlled by a single gear lever which selects one of two speeds.
When used in combination with a rear mounted twin mower conditioner, either the firm’s FC 8830 D or FC 9530 D, a total working width of 9.1 to 9.5 metres is possible.
For Lamma, McHale launched its Pro Glide mower range to the UK market.
Comprising three products, the range includes the Pro Glide F3100 front mower, the R3100 rear mower and the B9000 combination triple mower.
All Mowers are fitted with three metre cutter bars featuring tine conditioners and a number of novel features which result in better ground following ability and quicker reaction times to changes in ground conditions, says the manufacturer.
In particular, McHale have developed a patented ground adaption system which delivers three dimensional ground contour tracking for all its mowers, which allows an arc of movement from left to right and forward and back. As a result, all cutter bars have a 500mm adaptive travel range.
For its Pro Glide front mower, the manufacturer’s engineering team have designed the frame to place the centre of gravity as close as possible to the tractor, thus increasing responsiveness to ground conditions.
In addition, when faced with an incline or decline in ground conditions, the cutter bar automatically adjusts its mowing angle by inclining upwards over bumps and slants downwards into a dips.
For its R3100 rear mower and B9000 combination mowers, they also feature break- back protection, and hydraulic ground pressure control.
With two models available offering actual load volumes up to 36.5m.cu, Pottinger has updated its range of Torro Combiline forage wagons with new styling and features.
New developments include a roller wind guard and an additional tracking roller, positioned behind the pick-up to improve pick-up guidance over bumps. The tracking roller can also be set up to 50mm higher, avoiding its jockey wheels sinking into tractor wheelings.
Higher output is also achieved via a new input gearbox, capable of handling up to 300hp, and a drive line which is protected by a new cam-type clutch.
Chopping-wise, instead of the previous 39 knives, 45 knives are now integrated into the new system to achieve a theoretical chopped length of 34 mm. As an option, double-edged knives with individual knife protection system can be specified.
The wagon’s floor has also been lowered by 150 mm at the front end. This allows for tyres up to 800/45R26.5 to be fitted and for the wagon to still stand horizontally.
Replacing the 415 and the 445 baler series, Lely introduced a new range of variable chamber round balers at the show.
The Lely Welger RP 160 V range consists of two basic models; the RP 160 V Classic with basic features suited for drier crops, and the RP160 V Xtra featuring a heavy duty power split gearbox for heavier conditions and can be fitted with the Xtracut chopping system.
The balers are available with three different sizes of the five-tine-bar camless pick-up (2.00m, 2.25m and 2.40m). Four different chopping rotors are available and the Xtracut models have a selectable knife bank option enabling the operator to select the amount of knives required.
Bale formation and density is said to be enhanced thanks to a newly designed bale chamber with improved geometry. And a new control unit provides the operator with a clear overview of all baler processes on a colour screen, says the manufacturer, with all adjustments and settings made from the tractor cab.
The baler is also IsoBus compatible so can work with a tractor’s terminal.
Krone’s Active Mow range replaces its old plain cut AM mowers, updated for compatibility with higher horsepower tractors.
It features a heavier-duty headstock and uprated drive system, but retains the planetary gear arrangement for even power distribution and Smartcut mower bed to optimise disc overlap in difficult conditions, says the manufacturer.
The firm’s Safecut system has been added which takes the impact out of the driveline in the event of hitting a foreign object, and lifts the affected disc by 15mm to allow the adjacent discs to continue cutting.
Useful add-ons include spare blade storage and handles on the hose connections.
Working widths are 2.0 to 3.6m, and the mower bed folds 100 degrees, over centre, for improved stability and visibility in transport.
Lely has applied the technology from its larger Tigo forage wagons to smaller models, using improved sensing and pressurising of the rams during the loading process.
Loading is fully automatic, from dropping the pick-up and putting the nose down to setting the bulkhead pressure, while unloading is activated via one button.
The new shape makes the body 1m shorter while increasing loading capacity above the rotor by 5cu.m and also adds weight on the back of the tractor.
The wagons are fitted with a 31-knife, 800mm diameter chopping rotor and a five tine bar and cam-less pick-up.
MR 40 and 50 models, which have capacities of 26 and 30cu.m respectively, will be available to order for this season. Prices are from £50,995.
Devon-based importer AMIA has added the Enorossi RB 120 fixed chamber round baler to its range.
With 16 steel rollers, it produces 1.2m bales and is suitable for tractors from just 40hp, working at forward speeds up to 10kph.
Twine or net only and twine/net can be specified and the RB 120 is available with a chopping rotor. Auto lubrication and a bale kicker are standard and the 1.8m pick-up has double side augers to improve feeding.
A liquid applicator to improve quality in difficult crops is an option.
Available now, the baler retails at £19,950.
Vicon continues to update its baler range, and the fixed chamber RF4325 is the latest model to arrive for the 2016 season.
Key changes include the introduction of the PowerBind net wrap system, introduced on the variable chamber RV models.
PowerBind feeds net directly into the bale chamber using the PowerBind arm, delivering repeatable accuracy with consistent net injection, says the firm.
Vicon adds the new net process is one of the fastest on the market; it also offers a low loading height for rolls of net. It also gets a drop floor system to assist with clearing blockages.
Kongskilde has extended its trailed forage harvester range with the development of the FCT1260.
Fitting in between the FCT 1060 and FCT1460 models, the new machine offers a 3m transport with and a 2.7m pickup. A swan-neck drawbar design affords the use of an asymmetric pickup, which tucks under the drawbar when in transport.
Features include a 24-knife chopping cylinder, electro-hydraulic controls and a hydraulically folding spout.
Suitable for tractors up to 300hp, the FCT1260 is priced at £73,000.
Dales Agriservices is now offering a range of Seeder Rollers manufactured by Czech company SMS and utilising APV pneumatic seeders to give improved accuracy.
Levelling paddles are fitted ahead of spring tines, and seed is delivered ahead of a notched roller, a system the company says offers more reliable germination than using a grass harrow-based seeder.
The 3m model is designed to offer a lower cost alternative to Dales’ direct drill for reseeding or rejuvenating pastures; there is also a 6.3m version with the higher capacity PS 570 M2 hopper which could be useful for establishing cover crops or stubble turnips.
Grass Technology has developed a beet washing and chopping bucket, for use on telehandlers and loaders.
Called the Beet Master and available in 750kg and one-tonne capacities, the bucket contains a hydraulically driven, horizontal paddle to agitate beet. Once loaded and the front screen closed, the bucket can be lowered into water and the paddles activated.
The firm says it takes around 60 seconds to wash the bucket’s contents, after which the paddles can be stopped and the chopping mechanism engaged using the in-cab control box.
The one-tonne capacity version is priced at £6,500.
French firm Emily showed an interesting take on a straw blower, in particular its feeding system.
Rather than using a slat and chain moving floor to deliver material into the beaters, the Sigma Evolution straw blower uses a hydraulically powered walking floor.
The mounted machine can also self load by lowering the machine to the floor and backing up to a bale, forcing the bale into the machine. It can accommodate round or square bales.
A two-speed gearbox allows turbine speed to be altered, changing how far material is blown – up to 15m.
A 260 degree pivoting spout is also hydraulically operated, as is the rear door.
A new App, developed in Ireland, will be launching in the UK early this year and aims to help farmers manage their herd records.
Herdwatch says it is a "revolutionary new farm management tool which can save farmers hours per week in farm compliance paperwork, for less than £2 a week".
Farmers in Ireland are already using the system for herd management and calf registration, vet medicine and other compliance, breeding cycle management, weight recording and other management requirements.
The UK version of the app, which will work on iOS and android devices, as well as PCs and laptops, will be available soon, it says.
Herdwatch is seeking farmers to test its Beta programme, who will be able to use it free in return for feedback. It is also offering a special deal of 15 months' use for the price of 12 for anyone registering early at www.herdwatch.co.uk.
Trailer manufacturer Ifor Williams is now offering a high spec trailer for sheep or pigs with built-in overnight accommodation for people.
Its ProShow trailer will take 10-12 sheep, while the front 'living' compartment will seat three and sleep two. It is a bespoke order, but its 12v electric supply means it can be specified with a fridge, hot water, TV and electric flush toilet. A gas cooking hob, 50 litre water tank and range of cupboards means it is possible to stay away for several days in comfort, says the company.
The model on show at Lamma, which is fully specced, weighs 1,300kg and costs £20,165 plus VAT.
Four squeeze cattle crush models have been launched by manufacturer IAE. All four fully galvanised models operate from both sides, have infinite adjustment and quick release and are compatible with automatic weighing systems.
The M1000 (manual yoke) and A1000 (automatic yoke) are the most robust 'professional' models, says the company, and can be specified with sliding gates and crush extensions. They cost £4,500 and £4,400 plus VAT respectively.
The lighter weight Chieftain (manual yoke) and Saracen (auto) are priced at £2,500 and £2,300 plus VAT respectively.
Shepards will be able to feed up to 150 sheep using the new 3in1Feeder 500, and make use of whole cereals without fear of acidosis.
UK importer Farmline Machinery says the 500, which costs £690+VAT delivered on farm, regulates how much sheep can eat in one go. They need to lick the feed to get it out of the feeder, and as they 'run out' of saliva in 10 minutes, they leave the feeder and seek forage, coming back later to feed. This 'little and often' approach is better for rumen health, says the firm.
The new feeder has a 500 litre volume (about 325kg of pellets or barley) and the creep feeder design means there are no bars for ewes to become stuck in. The adjuster guard in the feeder regulates the amount of feed on offer.
Forage additive delivery should be more accurate with Kelvin Cave's new SilaScale, which is fitted to one trailer in a fleet.
The system is based on load cells fitted to one silage trailer which continuously measures the weight of forage harvested and communicates the information via Bluetooth to the additive pump's digital flow meter, adjusting product flow accordingly.
The system will avoid over- or under-application, says the firm's Andy Strzelecki, who invented the system.
"When the master trailer is full and breaks away from the forage harvester to go and tip, the flow meter fixes its flow rate at the average for that load and continues to apply that as subsequent trailers are filled. When the master trailer returns, wireless communication is automatically re-established and, as the trailer is filled, flow rate from the pump is re calibrated."
The system costs £7,000-£8,000, depending on the trailer set up, says the company.