31 May 2002

Comeback for self-loading silage wagons

SELF-LOADING silage wagons returned to the Grassland event after a long absence.

The wagons demonstrated by Pottinger and Veenhuis have bigger capacities, tougher build, larger tyres and cutting mechanisms that are more efficient and produce a finer chop.

A Veenhuis Super Combi 2060 helps contractor Anthony Dale provide local dairy farms with a more extensive silaging service.

"We run two self-propelled forage harvester teams for the bulk of our work," he says. "But as a one-man system, the Combi is more cost-effective for us and our customers."

The 35cu m/20t capacity 2060 will clear 28ha (70 acres) a day in a good crop as long as the haulage distance is not too far, Mr Dale adds.

He says: "Apart from a few small jobs, the system is becoming popular for second or third cuts, when producers will open up the clamp instead of making round bales, and for harvesting grass where a New Zealand style paddock grazing system is used."

With load volumes from 60 to 72cu m, the Pottinger Jumbo is also firmly in contractor territory. Indeed importer LandMec reckons capacities are sufficient for a pair of such machines to compete on output with a self-propelled forage harvester and its fleet of tractors and trailers.

The Europrofi and Ladeprofi models are more farmer-orientated and can be equipped with a rear-mounted side delivery conveyor so that, with a mower carried on the front of the tractor, the machines can be used for a zero grazing system. &#42

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