Award-winning Stalkbuster.

Forage maize remains the crop most favoured for feeding cattle in Europe, but over the last 15 years, particularly in Germany, the maize worm or corn borer has become a major pest.

MF’s new TH7038 telehandler.

Global tractor and machinery manufacturer AGCO is never far from the news, so with the grass harvest about to start in New Zealand, two new products from the MF camp will get plenty of attention.

 
Claas Rollant 400 Uniwrap baler.

Harvesting specialist Claas has developed a new internal wrapping system for its Rollant 400 Uniwrap balers that will slash processing time and film costs.

 
Waikauri View Farm manager Tony Marshall with the MF4708.

Brian Mason and his staff milk 1000 cows at Waikauri View Farms, Wellsford, Northland, running Massey Fergusons for the last 10 years because they are “common-sense tractors” ideal for a dairy farming operation.

 
Trioliet Solomix2 mixer wagon.

Claas Harvest Centres have released a new range of mixer wagons, the Trioliet Solomix2 VLL-S, to complement the existing ZK series already sold in New Zealand.

McHale Fusion 3 Plus applying film on film.

The development of round bales for silage or baleage in the late 1980s made a huge difference to forage conservation, by removing the need for expensive and labour intensive silage clamps.

Amazone’s new paint plant.

German machinery maker Amazone has spent Euro 20 million on a new paint plant at its Hude-Altmoorhausen drill factory; it is reckoned among the most up-to-date in the farm machinery industry.

New five-calf open feeder from Stallion Plastics.

A new five-calf open feeder from Stallion Plastics is said to be light, strong, easy to clean, big enough for calves to grow into and up to a third cheaper than traditional feeders.

David McCubrey, Erth Engineering with the PanBuster.

With Autumn having been so wet, the spring might call for a little soil loosening to drain excess moisture and allow roots to go deeper in search of moisture in the drying summer.

Hot on the heels of its A and N series, Finnish tractor manufacturer Valtra has topped out its fourth-generation S series with the flagship S394 model.

Treating water collected from roofs, streams, springs, bores often falls into property owners’ too-hard basket, the excuse sometimes being that drinking the stuff builds immunities to local nasties.

In one of the farm machinery industry’s worst-kept secrets, global manufacturer AGCO says it expects to buy the forage division of the Lely Group.

The New Holland police tractor hit the roads in 2015, the brainchild of then New Holland operations manager Kyle Baxter (now C B Norwood brand manager) and police inspector Paul Carpenter.

Not many weeks pass when quad crashes don’t make the news here or in Australia; for example, the first weekend in March saw two fatalities and a serious injury in NSW.

 

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