26 May 1995

Weather reflects reality…

THE patience of around 4000 farmers and contractors was rewarded when limited working demonstrations were possible at the Welsh Grassland Event.

Torrential rain that fell on the eve of event almost put paid to machine demonstrations. The wet working conditions, however, highlighted the main problems faced by Welsh quality silage makers – reducing moisture levels quickly, and getting crops in store and sealed with minimum losses.

Dealers reported three types of serious customers at the event: Established contractors and farmer contractors; farmers planning to replace worn out/outdated tackle but often thinking about covering some of the cost by contracting or sharing; and farmers browsing to get information to be able to identify which contractor to employ.

Trevor Tyrrell, product manager at Claas, reported very strong interest in self-propelled harvesters, especially from areas like south Wales, where the forage maize area is increasing.

"Claas supplies six out of 10 self-propelled harvesters sold in the UK, and weve seen no sign of demand levelling off."

Nick Townsend, New Hollands manager for Wales, used the event to give Welsh farmers their first look at the firms new FX range of self-propelled harvesters. He claimed firm demand for the FX line-up, with all machines available for the 1995 season already sold.