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Front mowers on test – is pushed or pulled best?

If you are shopping for a new front mower, aside from the brand, there’s one big decision to make – whether you want a push or a pull front suspension…


Tips and advice for planning and building a new silage clamp

Tucked away in a corner of the yard and inherited from a previous generation, silage clamps are often at the bottom of the priority list. But given how important forage…


What to look for when buying a used McHale Fusion baler

If you are in the market for a used combination round baler/wrapper, then it’s a fairly safe bet that McHale’s Fusion will be the only one on your shopping list. When…

Grass volume recording steps into digital age

Once the preserve of a keen eye or a graduated stick (or simply markings on a Wellington boot), measuring and recording grass volume and growth has gone high-tech with plate…

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Teagle’s Tomahawk C12 chomps bales in minutes

Cornish manufacturer Teagle has established itself as a strong player in the straw processing market, having first introduced its Tomahawk range 32 years ago. The newest member of the 17-model…


Monster mowers battle for the biggest cut

Claas's claim a couple of weeks ago that it made the widest mounted mower on the market prompted a couple of other machinery companies to challenge its title. We took…


Scotgrass 2016: 24 must-see machines at the show

Scotgrass 2016 Where – SRUC Crichton Royal Farm, Glencaple Road, Dumfries DG1 4AS When – 18 May, 8am to 3pm How much? – Tickets are charged per car – it’s…

Tips for buying a set of second-hand triple mowers

Anyone with a large chunk of grass to knock down will probably be hankering after a set of triple mowers. Second-hand triple mower costs Dealer: Southern Harvesters, Petworth Claas 8400C…

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Case studies


Dorset farmer opts for old-school auto-feeding silage tower

It’s not unusual to see ranks of tower silos standing across the rural North American skyline, but the sight of one in Dorset is far more rare. Tower silos started…


Round-bale chaser slashes haulage costs

An farmer in Ireland has designed and built a potentially revolutionary machine that makes collecting hard-to-handle, tricky-to-stack round silage bales a doddle.  Chasing square bales at great speeds with high…


One-pass Wecan reseeder cuts workload for Devon contractors

Based in the heart of dairy country in North Devon, Battledown Contractors concentrates specifically on servicing the needs of the region’s many livestock enterprises. The company is run by the…


Unusual mix of reseeding systems gives L&J Bennion the edge

Over the last couple of decades Middlewich contractor L&J Bennion has gradually honed its grassland reseeding and rejuvenating techniques to suit its customers’ requirements. Now the team’s 1,000ha workload is split between full…

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Non-stop round balers: a glimpse of the future?

Many manufacturers have had a stab at producing a credible non-stop round baler, but as yet none have managed to do so with any real commercial success. The combination of…

How hedgecutter maker Bomford Turner became a UK success story

The Bomford company’s pioneering approach to power farming dates back 150 years or more to the early days of steam cultivation when Benjamin Bomford bought a set of cable ploughing…

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Pronar tedder offers weapon in weed battle

Polish company Pronar has launched a rotary tedder, which along with its typical grassland uses, can also help arable farmers destroy weeds and crops on stubble land that have emerged…


Agco finalises Lely rebrand time frame

Since Agco snapped up the forage products arm of family owned Lely in 2017, it wasted no time in rebranding the kit to appear in Fendt and Massey Ferguson colours,…


Krone forager, Claas shovel and a vintage Deere

High-horsepower foragers were making pretty light work of the showground’s grass crop. New Holland, John Deere and Fendt all had their choppers at work, as did Krone with its new…


Grassland UK: Latest balers, mowers and mergers put to work

The process of mowing, raking and tedding was in focus at this year's Grassland event, with all the big names showing their take on the silage system. Italian firm Abimac…

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Test and reviews


Early 2000s Krone Big M mower still going strong

When faced with 2,500ha of grass to cut a season, many contractors would invest in set of shiny new kit covered by the welcome reassurance of a manufacturer’s warranty.  But…


Forager makers aim to raise milk yields with long-chop maize

There has been plenty of chat in the industry of late about the benefits of long-chop maize on cow health, milk yield and quality. The theory is the bulkier forage…


Buyer's guide to brushcutters

When it comes to keeping farm fence lines clear of overgrowth, there is no substitute for brushcutters. These machines are so good that it’s hard to find a bad one.…


Driver’s view: Contractor rates his Krone Multibale

When Kent contractor David Burden went in search of a reliable summer job to supplement his no-till drilling business, big baling seemed the obvious answer. Armed with a £50,000 budget,…

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Video: Best kit from Grassland & Muck 2017

This year’s Grassland and Muck event was the place to see all the latest and greatest kit in the world of forage production in one place. A thick grass crop…


Heavy-duty Holaras silage compactor set to work on UK clamps

Norfolk-based dealer WM Agri has taken on the Holaras franchise, with an eye on selling its silage clamp equipment across the UK. The MES Leveller comes with two hydraulic independent…

Video: Grassland UK show highlights

Last week’s Grassland UK event took place on 7 May at Bridge Farm and Bagborough Farm, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, and was the place to see the latest grassland and muck-handling…


Video: Grassland and Muck machinery in action

This year's Grassland and Muck was choc full of of farm machinery from Pistenbully's three piste-bashers to Pottinger's mammoth 11.2 meter-wide mounted mower. Around 13,500 visitors were out in the sun…

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