Featuring an impressive line-up of cattle at the event, it is no surprise there is no-end of equipment featured at the show geared up for foraging, feeding and bedding. James Rickard and Alex Heath report.
Aiming to make the best use of available tractor power, while also enabling the potential to use a smaller tractor, Kuhn has developed a continuously variable transmission for range of diet feeders – CVT IntelliMix.
Particular for is larger machines, starting and running a mixer can be a big challenge for a tractor, often requiring an oversized tractor to get the job done. To combat this, the CVT allows better control over the diet feeder’s auger speed, while at the same time not overloading the tractor, says the manufacturer. Similar to how a tractor’s CVT works via a combination of a hydraulic pump, motor and planetary set, auger speeds from 12-57rpm can be achieved. During set-up, an operator enters the tractor’s power rating, which allows the diet feeder to work out what it can achieve with this power.
Three modes of operation can be used; manual, auto-mix and auto-feed. Manual mode reduces the torque on the tractor when the augers start up. This mode also provides continuous control and adjustment of the speed of the mixing augers. Auto-mix allows pre-defined auger speeds to be programmed which the diet feeder will switch between as the auger fills up and more torque load is placed on the augers – effectively, the augers will gradually slow down as the feeder is filled. The opposite is the case for auto-feed mode, which gradually speeds up as it empties. Auto-mix and fill are automatically switched between, as soon as a discharge door is opened.
The CVT option costs €15,000 and will be available on the firm’s triple auger machines from November, and its twin auger machines from next January.
Introduced last year on its single mounted mowers, Pottinger has rolled out its auger swathing concept onto its triple mowers.
Requiring no conditioner to work, unlike belt transfer versions, the new Cross Flow system is said to be suited to multi-cuts of high value forage crops such as clover, and bulkier crops such as forage rye and whole crop. Particularly for the latter, it means the following forager does not need to be fitted with a specific whole crop header and can just use its normal grass pick-up.
The Novacat A10 has an adjustable working width from 8.86-10m, with crop transferred to the middle via augers. If swathing of the crop is not required, doors behind the augers can be opened up, leaving grass spread over the full width of the mower. Auger drive comes straight from a gearbox attached to the bed, transferred by four belts.
In addition, the IsoBus-compatible mowers can be linked into the tractor’s steering sensor, which will automatically adjust a mower inwards on one side to prevent misses when turning.
As seen here with augers, the mowers retail at £58,796. A plain disc version is £37,505. Its UK debut will be at Scot Grass.
Extending its family of robotic diet feeding equipment, Trioliet launched the WB 2-250, a fully-autonomous diet feeder.
The firm’s current offering consists of suspended and guide rail-type machines, with this latest version able to navigate the farm by following an induction wire buried in the ground. This makes it suitable for farms where a variety of sheds need to be navigated, says the manufacturer.
As it cannot be powered via a rail like the two previous versions, this uses batteries which are ‘topped up’ every time the machine goes back to the feed kitchen. In addition, a customer can also install multiple charging points strategically placed around the farm. Its 2.5cu.m-capacity tub features twin vertical augers, and the machine is said to be suited to herd sizes of 300.
Available at the end of this year, the robot on its own retails at €66,200. When installed with a three-bunker feed kitchen, it is more in the region of €150,000-200,000.
Looking more like a shipping container than a straw chopper, Lucas revealed what is quite possibly one of the largest bedding machines on the market.
Capable of handling eight large square bales (2.5 by 1.2 by 0.9m), the 27cu.m-capacity machine is only suited to straw bedding duties, said to be suited to large beef enterprises with more than 600 head of cattle. This, says Lucas, allows all the bedding to be done in one go, rather than having to keep refilling a smaller machine.
Three rotors look after straw shredding, while a 2.2m diameter flywheel featuring eight paddles takes care of blowing. Standard features include a right hand blowing chute and a two-speed gearbox. Options extend to a swivelling chute and electric controls.
Minimum power requirement is 110hp, with the machine retailing at €45,000. A smaller 24cu.m version is also available.
Now in a pre-production phase, Krone is in the final stages of evaluating its Premos pelleting machine concept, which will also see a machine working in the UK this summer.
First shown in 2015, the machine has be further refined and developed, including the use of larger pelleting drums and a heavier-duty gearbox. This has seen throughput increased to five tonnes per hour. In addition, an extra axle has been added and the machine given Krone’s family styling. As an alternative to producing pellets via a static machine, the extra density of the pellets means logistics and storage can be streamlined, with the pellets taking up a third of the room compared to high density square bales.
As well as the energy sector, the pellets are said to be ideal for bedding – 250g is said to absorb one litre of water. Also, due to the high temperatures produced during the pelleting process, thanks to the extreme pressing forces, the pellets are also sterile, says the manufacturer. And as there is no grinding or milling, the pellets retain the fibrous structure of the straw.
Feed can also be produced, such as hay and lucern, and the machine can be fitted with a conveyor option, allowing it to be used statically. Minimum power requirement is 400hp, with prices still to be decided.
Jeulin had a brand new zero grazer on display. The 42cu.m machine had a wider mower fitted to it, measuring 2.3 metres.
Intake to the machine’s 11 knives is 1.3m wide, with the company saying cut length can be as low as 80mm. Three horizontal rotors at the back help unloading, with unloading slats split in two across the machines width.
The company says a tractor with 130hp will suffice, and the unit has a rear steering axle for improved manoeuvrability.
Due to get its first UK public working demo at ScotGrass, John Deere showed its new integrated variable chamber combination round baler.
Until now, JD’s offering relied on the use of Goweil’s chassis and wrapping unit. Now, it has developed its own integrated version, available in two models; the C451R able to produce bales from 0.8-1.6m in diameter, and the C461R producing bales from 0.8-1.85m. These new models compliment the current fixed chamber combi, the C441R, launched two years ago.
Suited to a wider variety of crops and requirements, the baling element of the machine is essentially JD’s 900 Series model. Featuring two endless belts with rapid door system, knife bank options are either 13 or 25. The latter’s knives are selectable, offering the ability to work with 12 or 13 knives, or none.
At the rear, a moving wrapping table, which takes the bale from the chamber to the wrapping position, is said to offer a smoother transfer compared to ‘kicker’ systems on some machines.
Up to 10 rolls of wrap can be stored on the machine, with a further two on the satellites. Wrap storage spindles also hydraulically fold down for easier loading.
The French-built machines are fully IsoBus compatible, with all functions automatically controlled.
Mixer wagon specialists Faresin displayed its latest self-propelled machine. Power for the Leader PF2.20 comes from a Deutz engine developing 205hp.
Capable of mixing 20cu.m, it has two augers and a 20mm base. Fed by a two meter wide milling head, the company claims it has the widest loading channel on the market. A new cab has also been fitted, with better climate control and pressurisation the company says.
Suitable for herds up to 150 cows, it costs in the region of €150,000 (£128,200).
Making its SIMA debut was Fliegl’s Buffel. This amalgamation of parts sees a pickup reel typical of a forage wagon, feeding a 10cu.m hopper, with a conveyor to discharge into trailers up to 4,500mm high.
The company says chop length down to 30mm is achievable. The principle behind its creation is for non-stop harvesting, with the machine able to continue collecting grass without a trailer present.
Discharge rate is said to be 15cu.m per minute, with the axle extending 750mm on the conveyor side to stop it toppling over.
Pride of place on the Claas stand was its 40,000th Jaguar forage harvester.
Production started at the company’s Harsewinkel plant in 1973, with the milestone machine its latest 960 Terra Trac. Said to offer optimal soil protection, the front half of the track lifts to prevent scuffing of the sward when working on grass.
Under the bonnet is a 15.6-litre Mercedes-Benz motor churning out 626hp, while road width on its 635mm tracks is three metres.
Film on film is now an option on Vicon’s FastBale. After several seasons of testing the principle, the company says a number of machines have been tested around Europe, and will continue to do so with the film on film technology.
The non-stop round baler which features a pre-chamber allows for continuous work. The company says work rates have increased by up to 30 per cent compared to other balers on the market, with densities 10 to 15 per cent higher also. The fixed chamber produces a 1.25m bale, and can be fitted with 25 knives, producing a 45 to 50mm chop length.
Silofarmer was gauging visitor interest on its prototype tool carrier, the Dempo. Asked by a French farmer to build a highly manoeuvrable tool carrier to work in conjunction with the company’s straw spreaders, the machine has three powered wheels for turning on the spot.
Mechanically simple, a 50hp Kubota engine is used, which powers two hydraulic pumps; one 120l/min for the wheel motors and a second 40l/min for the straw spreader.
Fitted with a class two, three point linkage, it can lift up to 2,000kg and has the potential to be used for many tasks, according to the company.