Lely now offers a self-loading trailed wrapper capable of handling any size or shape of bale – as long as it doesn’t exceed 1.5 (5ft) in length. A fully automated process, the Goweil G3030’s wrapping produce varies bed belt speed, rotating the bale to ensure film is applied evenly over bale corners and sides. The unit is claimed to be capable of pumping out 70-80 bales/hour – it costs £20,000.
Niemeyer grassland kit is available once more, but it has had a name change. The Ziegler Powerdisc 255 is a lightweight 2.5m (8ft) mower/conditioner aimed at the smaller farmer. Costing 9300, it requires a tractor of 90hp to operate effectively.
Alongside all the monster muscle lined up on the John Deere plot an old favourite made an appearance. This 2850 is equipped with the company’s universal Autotrac steering system which is now available for nearly any make, model or age of machine. By fitting a boss and electric motor to the tractor’s steering column and a GPS receiver on the roof the operator gains fully-automated steering with a basic accuracy of +/-30cm for just over 9000.