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DIET FEEDERS

Trioliet unveils monster Solomix mixer wagon

Super dairies now have the option of a high-capacity mixer from Dutch feeding specialist Trioliet. The Solomix is available in 27, 30 and 34cu m capacities and comes with a…

RAKES

Abimac front rake helps solve contractor’s labour shortage

A North Yorkshire farmer is running an Italian-built front-mounted rake combined with a baler on the rear to make his rowing and baling operation a one-pass affair, curbing the reliance…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Monster 12m cultivator added to Kuhn Optimer range

Two new disc cultivators, including a huge 12m version, have been added to Kuhn’s Optimer range. The 9m and 12m versions will join the 4m, 5m, 6m, and 7.5m machines…

CULTIVATORS

Agricast builds bolt-on disc gangs for Simba harrows

Lincolnshire firm Agricast has strengthened its association with Simba cultivators by offering bolt-on disc gangs for all types of the defunct maker's disc harrows. Apparently, many customers have been unable…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Kuhn releases high-output 7100 variable baler range

A new, high-output 7100-series line-up has been added at the top of Kuhn’s round baler range. The new models jump ahead of the 3100-range in terms of capacity and should…

TECHNOLOGY

Bobcat designs remote control system for skidsteer loaders

Bobcat has unveiled a nifty new remote control system for its compact loaders that allows operators to leave their cab and control the machine remotely. The kit is compatible with…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Kuhn launches high-capacity 100t/hr square baler range

Kuhn has redeveloped its LSB square baler range by giving it a new name and styling, along with internal upgrades designed to up output to near the 100t/hour mark. The…

TRACTORS

Fendt unveils high-tech cab for 300- and 700-series tractors

Fendt has launched a futuristic new cab called Fendt One that will initially be available on its 300- and 700-series tractors before being added to the rest of its ranges.…

SLURRY TANKERS

Universal dribble bar reduces costs for slurry contractor

Contractor A&J Slurry has tried just about every brand of pump, reeler and spreading set-up going, but the firm thinks its latest dribble bar from Irish company Mastek has made…

CEREAL DRILLS

Pottinger Aerosem drills save seed with part-width shut-off

Pottinger has added a part-width shut-off system to its mounted Aerosem drills that works to a virtual boundary and switches off 1m sections in sequence until the ground is covered.…

TRAILERS

SlurryKat adds cheap low-loader trailers to Panterra range

SlurryKat has expanded its Panterra tanker range to include several base-spec trailer models. There are two low-loader models – a tandem-axle 16t version and tri-axle 24-tonner – that come with…

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New 450hp 942 is Fendt's biggest-ever 900 series tractor

Fendt has finally pulled the covers off its new 900-series wheeled tractors, including a monster 942 model that, at 450hp, pushes them well beyond the landmark 400hp barrier for the…

CEREAL DRILLS

Groundswell 2019: 12 no-till drills side-by-side

The two-day Groundswell event took place in Hertfordshire last week and offered no-till growers the chance to see 12 drills sowing into the same cover crop. A majority of the…

201-300HP

Front end loader options for 200hp-plus tractors

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of fitting a loader to a tractor with more than 100hp under the hood seemed a little silly. But as tractors got…

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GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Video: How satellites could revolutionise grass measuring

A number of farms in Wales are turning to a new pioneering satellite technology system, in an effort to get further data on their pasture measurements. In addition to the…

BUSINESS

The future of food production: 3D-printing and gene editing

The food supply chain faces a different set of risk factors to those it was dealing with just 10 years ago, according to a new report, including those presented by…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Q&A: How cold plasma could reduce reliance on antibiotics

A cutting-edge laboratory investigating a new technology with the ability to reduce harmful chemicals and antibiotics in the food chain – and lessen the threat of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) –…

DAIRY

A dairy farmer's guide to robotic milking

Installations of robotic milking machines have surged over the past three years, taking the number of farms using the technology to between 900 and 1,000, or one in 10 UK…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: What UK growers can learn from global pioneers

The Farmers Weekly theatre at this year’s Cereals event in Lincolnshire showcased three farmers and an agronomist from around the world who are pushing the boundaries of crop production. Advice…

DAIRY

Switch from beef to dairying eased by robotic milker

Robotic milking has helped two suckler beef producers make the step into dairy farming by easing the workload and breaking down the routine. Brothers James and Alec Cowan were running…

4X4S

On test: Land Rover Discovery Sport

Since its introduction back in 2014, interest in Land Rover's Discovery Sport has boomed, and sales now total a whopping 350,000. At the time, it was Land Rover's get-me-out-of-here ticket…

SLURRY TANKERS

Vogelsang builds retrofit tanker-mounted trailing shoe

Family-owned Vogelsang has built its first dedicated Blackbird trailing shoe toolbar, with a redesigned distributor to help improve the accuracy of slurry spreading. See also:Advice on planning your slurry storage…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Potato haulm toppers: What are the options?

The loss of broad-spectrum contact herbicide diquat didn’t come as a surprise, but the months of speculation finally ended when its scheduled withdrawal was announced late last year. While a…

FORAGERS

New Holland improves engine of flagship FR920 forager

The launch of New Holland’s range-leading FR920 forager in 2017 flung the company into a battle at the top of the chopper market, but it has so far resisted the…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? at an Oxford contractor and drill maker

Our What’s in Your Shed series heads to Oxfordshire and susses out the machinery highs and lows of contract farmers and Cross Slot drill builders James and Paul Alexander. Business…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? heads to south Staffordshire

Our long-running What’s in Your Shed series heads to South Staffordshire to visit mixed farmers Ian and Luke Sadler, who run a 130ha outfit in Kinver. Massey Ferguson dominates the…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Powys dairy farm

This week our regular What's In Your Shed? feature heads to mid-Wales to quiz dairy farmers Merfyn, Ifan and Huw Evans on their machinery fleet. How brand loyal are you?…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits record-breaking Aussie farm

Our ever-popular What’s in Your Shed series visits the Australian farm that set the 24-hour spraying world record. We get the lowdown on the fleet run by Tony and Brendan…

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TRACTORS

Video: JCB Fastrac smashes British tractor speed record

Daredevil stunt rider Guy Martin was at the helm of a highly modified JCB Fastrac as it broke the British tractor speed record, travelling at 103.6mph. See also: Video: Valtra…

SOILS

Drainage contractor splashes £400k on state-of-the-art plough

Mastenbroek has built its first UK-bound trenchless drainage plough in more than thirty years for Warwickshire-based Farm Services, which is keen to satisfy a resurgent number of farmers requesting field-scale…

Video: The best bits from Scotgrass 2019

Scotgrass 2019 took place at the Crichton Royal Trust in Dumfries last Wednesday (15 May) under some scorching mid-May sunshine. The triennial event was well attended despite there being plenty…

401+HP

Video: Fendt's 943 MT twin-track crawler on test

Agco has breathed new life into its flailing twin-track fleet with a major rebranding and upgrading exercise for the long-in-the-tooth Challenger tractors. And the firm’s prairie monster range needed some…