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.

S series hits the 400hp mark

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.

Safe H20 is the way to go.

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.

AGCO says it expects to buy the forage division of the Lely Group.

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 police tractor at Northern field days.

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.

New proposals pending, from August 1, for safe handling of bobby calves, pose fresh challenges for stock handlers.

Giant self-propelled forage harvesters are a common sight in paddocks, but wind the clock 55 years to 1962, when the Gehl 188 Chop King hit the country, and there must have been eyes standing out on stalks.

Water remains a hot topic, given the boom-and-bust cycles and the likelihood of restrictions and higher costs for the precious fluid.

Dairy farmers with herringbone sheds can now make use of a new LIC Automation YieldSense app to help them determine during milking which cows are producing the best or the worst on any given day.

 

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