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 managed to knock down a whopping 141.1ha of alfalfa, beating the previous best by more than 40ha.

His combination of Claas Axion 800 tractor and Disco 1100 RC conditioner mower netted an average yield of 5.24t/ha of dry mass across four different fields.

In that time he clocked a top field speed of 30kph and covered an average of 17.6ha/hour, which included the time spent moving between different pockets of land.

He also has to contend with a couple of enforced breaks – once after clumping a rogue lump of concrete and a second to check that the mower was folded correctly for transport.

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 Watch the Claas video of the world record in action.