More than 100 foragers set world silaging record

A new world record for the highest number of self-propelled forage harvesters working simultaneously in one field has been set in Ireland over the weekend.

It took 104 machines just five minutes and 45 seconds to set the record in Kintale, near Trim, County Meath.

The foragers were taking part in the “Great Grass Event” organised by Combines 4 Charity, which set a previous world record for the highest number of combines working on one field in 2012.

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Claas was the dominant brand of forager participating in the record, followed by John Deere, New Holland and Krone. Other brands include Mengele, Case and Hesston.

On top of the 104 foragers, there were 113 tractors and trailers on hand to haul the silage to the pit from the 100-acre field on the O’Sullivan dairy farm.

Weather held fine for most of the day, but clouds did appear around 4pm prompting the organisers to get the record attempt under way.

Around 3,300 people turned up to witness the sight of over €30m worth of machinery and 65,000 horsepower working at once in the field.

Visitors and machine-owners came from every part of Ireland, north and south, to be part of the historic event.

Contractor Gerard Malone from Westmeath only took delivery of his 2014 Claas 950 Jaguar the day before the event.

“It’s great to be here to be part of the record,” he said. “The forager only arrived on Friday as I had upgraded my old machine. I’m based not that far away from here so I drove in this morning.”

The counting is now ongoing to tally up the final amount of money that will be donated to the chosen charities, which include Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre, Barnardos and the National Rehabilitation Hospital.