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SIMA 2017: Grassland and livestock equipment

With an entire hall devoted to livestock and associated equipment, there was no shortage of equipment for the livestock farmer and grassland contractor.


Richard   Bradley

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Krone RX forage wagon

Big news on the Krone stand was the revealing of its latest range of forage wagons, the RX.

 

Replacing the ZX, the RX range includes the RX 360 (36cu.m), RX 400 (40cu.m) and the RX 430 (43cu.m). All capacity sizes are actual sizes, not compressed volume figures.

 

All three models share the same chassis, with the 360 getting a fixed front wall and the lager two models getting movable front walls for extra capacity. The 430 gains further capacity via the use of an extended rear tail gate section.

Thanks to the movable front wall, dead space above the feed rotor can be utilised and it aids unloading with an extra shove, says Krone.

 

Floors are steel construction and slope at the front, helping crop flow and better using space under the machine. The camless pickup sees tines arranged in a symmetrical, helical pattern for better and more even crop flow, as well as reducing peak torque loads on the pickup’s drive, says the manufacturer. Its chopping system features 46 knives, offering a theoretical chop length of 37mm.

 

All three models are twin axle machines, with the choice of passive or forced rear steering.

 

Its first outing in the UK will be at the Grassland event, with availability from next year.

Pottinger Impress round balers

Talk of the town on Pottinger’s stand was its new range of Impress round balers.

 

Fixed and variable chamber versions will be available, as well as a combi-wrapper type to come.

Both types are available as the entry level Master specification, or the high-spec Profi version.

 

Profi versions will be available with a 32-knife chopping unit option, offering a theoretical chop length of 34mm – the shortest on the market, says Pottinger, allowing high bale densities.

 

A key design feature of the Impress is the feed rotor, which unconventionally rotates backwards. This sees crop travel up and over the feed rotor and into the baler. The firm says crop flow is a lot more natural, enabling the baler to handle a wide variety of crops in varying conditions.

 

The baler’s knife bank, as a result, is also positioned above the feed rotor. This keeps it cleaner an allows more convenient servicing thanks to a slide-out knife bank at waist height. Knives are reversible and sprung loaded. Different knife configurations can also be selected; 0, 16 or all 32 can be used. Variable chamber balers use three belts which can produce bales up to 1.85m in diameter.

 

The balers will get their UK debut at the Grassland event with availability towards the latter part of 2017.

Keenan self-propelled diet feeder

Following the Keenan’s collaboration with Italian mixer manufacturer Stori, the Irish firm has expanded its portfolio with a self-propelled paddle mixer.

 

Available in 16cu.m-20cu.m capacities, the new mixer range combines Storti’s 50 years of self-propelled mixer wagon experience, and Keenan’s MechFibre mixing body and InTouch control technology.

 

Power is provided by a Stage 4 FPT four-cylinder engine. Drive to the axles, loading arm and milling head is provided by two Bosch Rexroth hydrostatic pumps, with drive to the mixing tub via a mechanical gearbox.

 

Up-front, Storti’s milling head uses individual knives, as the firm says this causes less damage to the clamp face when cutting the crop away. A near infrared sensor is available as an option in the milling head, which monitors dry matter levels 10 times per second and adjusts the required amount of ingredients to the dry matter weight.

 

Retail price for the 16cu.m 365SP model starts from £145,000.

Pottinger A10 triple mower

Replacing its V10 triple mower, Pottinger showed its new A10 model which features an adjustable working width from 8.6 to 10m. The latter requires the unit to be used with a 3.5m wide front mower.

 

Working width is adjusted on each side via a hydraulic cylinder and linkage mechanism, just above the centre of each mower bed. This affords individual side shifting of each mower, which can also take a feed from the tractor’s steering angle sensors to automatically control the working width of the mower. This is particularly advantageous in corners which sees the mower on the inside of the corner move towards the tractor, avoiding misses.

 

The IsoBus mower can also have all of its functions assigned to a tractor’s joystick, allowing convenient mower control.

 

As fitted to the show machine, a collector option can also be specified. Via belts, crop is transferred to the centre of the machine. Accelerator rollers are the used to adjust the width of the swath.

 

Available this season, an A10 ED with conditioner retails at £44,512.

Krone KWT 1300 trailed tedder

Adding to its range of tedders, Krone showed a smaller, 13m-wide version of its larger KWT 1600 and KWT 2000 trailed tedders.

 

The new KWT 1300 features 12, 1.3m diameter rotors with six tine arms each, which fold onto a chassis for transport.

 

As standard, the machine is pulled via a draw bar. However, as an option, it can also be pulled via the three point linkage headstock, which aids manoeuvrability, says the manufacturer. The headstock also features a weight transfer system, putting more of the machines weight onto the tractor, aiding traction and balance.

 

To produce less wheeling and reduce crop contamination, the tedders transport axle can be lifted completely off the ground, with the tedder’s rotor wheels taking the weight. The axle can soon be lowered again should conditions require.

 

The KWT 1300 will be available this year in limited numbers, priced at £30,125 with the linkage headstock.

Samson filling system

Samsons’s latest filling system has been designed to tackle the problem of sucking slurry out of deep tanks, which normally takes some considerable effort from a conventional vacuum slurry tanker, it says.

 

Rather than creating a vacuum in the whole of the tanker, a small amount of pipework inside the tanker creates a syphoning action, using re-circulated slurry to draw in slurry from the storage tank. This requires a small amount of slurry, about 400 litres, left in the tanker for the tanker’s impellor pump to start circulating the liquid.

 

Particular benefits of this system include less stress on the tanker, less moving and wearing parts, and the ability to handle foreign objects such as small stones, for example.

 

Seen here fitted to Samson’s latest PG II tanker, the new filling system will be an option on all of the firm’s tankers.

Kuhn diet feeder conveyor

Replacing its flat conveyor offering, Kuhn has come up with a more versatile feed-out solution for its range of mixer wagons.

 

The new Flexilift conveyor can distribute at varying heights up to 1.2m, and can also side-shift, to accommodate varied feed trough sizes and feed passage dimensions, often found on farms with a mix of traditional and modern buildings.

 

Hydraulically driven, the conveyor is made up of two sections; a flat section and a section which moves up and down. Cleverly, a one-piece conveyor belt is used across the two sections, reducing feed losses.

 

When ordering, customers needs to specify which side they would like the movable section on. However, when folded completely flat, the conveyor can distribute to both sides.

 

Availability for the conveyor option is from September.

Emily simple feed dispenser

Offering a wide range of simple feeding and bedding solutions, French manufacturer Emily showcased its mineral application system for feed dispenser buckets.

 

Available as an option on the firm’s current range of feed dispenser buckets, minerals can be loaded into the separate compartment, mounted on top of the bucket, which features a hydraulically driven auger to dispense the minerals into the feed as it exits the bucket.

 

The firm says while this does not provide a homogenous mix, as with its mixing bucket, it allows simple incorporation of minerals into forage, such as maize or silage.

 

Retail price for a 2.4m wide, 2.5cu.m dispenser bucket with one discharge door and the mineral dispenser is £10,900 (12,700 Euro).

Supertino Electric feeder wagon

North Italian manufacturer Supertino showcased its 100 per cent electric powered, self-propelled diet feeder.

 

Featuring a 100kW electric motor, the firm says the mixer is similar to its diesel powered machines, featuring the same chassis, hydrostatic transmission and gearboxes to drive the 21cu.m tub’s twin-augers.

 

Currently in the testing phase of its development, the firm is hoping to be producing machines for sale later in 2017.

Joskin Dorsal Boom

Aiming to improve visibility and provide customers with more flexibility, Joskin has launched a new tanker filling boom, available on its contractor ranges.

 

Named the Dorsal Boom, the arm is fitted to the front of the tanker, instead of the rear, as the firm has done for the last 20 years. Joskin says the main advantage of this design is the increased visibility as the arm is closer to the operator.

 

Available in three configurations, the first part of the boom uses the same double pivot-point to reduce the angle of the bend on the flexible pipe. Hereafter, the boom is available with a cone filling attachment, a short arm with a submersible pipe, which can be fitted with a turbofiller, or a longer arm and long pipe, which can reach up to 4.6m below floor level – both piped configurations could fill over walls up to 3.8m high.

 

Currently available on the firm’s Volumetra, Euroliner and Quadra range of tankers, the arm is controlled through the switch box and a joystick – an IsoBus controller removes the need for the switch box.

 

Retail price for the boom is £17,700 plus vat, with turbofillers start from £2,800 plus vat. The 26,000l Volumetra tanker on show demonstrated the three different boom options.

Quivogne pasture rejuvenation harrow

Designed to rejuvenate tired swards, Quivogne showed off a heavy duty pasture harrow.

 

Called the HRP, it is available in widths of 3.0, 3.5 and 4.3m. The mounted machine folds for transport.

 

It comprises two rows of screw-adjustable scarifying spring tines, two rows of spring-mounted levelling boards and two rows of following spring tines. As an option, a front row of cutting discs can also be specified.

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