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MOWERS

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…

MACHINERY

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…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

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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MACHINERY

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…

Forage wagons benefit farmers and contractors

It took a long time to become established, but the forage wagon is now a common sight in silage fields. Pick-up and intake designs now allow faster working speeds and…

How to sort out grassland compaction

Last winter was a true record-breaker for rainfall. According to the Met Office, Britain hasn’t had it that wet since 1766. In fact, between 1 December and 25 February, 518mm…

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Case studies

MACHINERY

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…

FARM MAINTENANCE

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…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE

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…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE

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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Insights

FORAGERS

Stalkbuster hacks down maize stubbles while harvesting

Header maker Kemper has developed a chopping system that fits beneath a regular maize header to cut stubbles tight to the ground. The Stalkbuster is designed to obliterate the habitat…

MACHINERY

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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News

FORAGERS

Krone unveils monster 1,156hp Big X forager

Krone has raised the power output bar with its new 1,156hp Big X 1180, offering large-scale farmers and contractors its most formidable forage harvester yet. The machine sits at the…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE

Bluetooth Platemeter gives instant grass results

A bright-orange Platemeter was launched at the Royal Welsh Show last week and claims to be the most advanced unit of its type in the world by using Bluetooth to…

MOWERS

Video: US farmer smashes eight-hour world mowing record

A Colorado-based farmer has smashed the world record for grass cut in an eight-hour period. Tate Mesbergen from Mesbergen Farms, Greely, Colorado, set about the challenge on 1 July and…

TEDDERS

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…

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Test and reviews

MOWERS

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…

FORAGERS

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…

LIVESTOCK

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.…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE

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

MOWERS

Video: US farmer smashes eight-hour world mowing record

A Colorado-based farmer has smashed the world record for grass cut in an eight-hour period. Tate Mesbergen from Mesbergen Farms, Greely, Colorado, set about the challenge on 1 July and…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE

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…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE

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…

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