Trailblazing Terra Trac

German harvester manufacturer Claas, known for the rubber track system it developed 30 years ago, went on to refine it.

The Valtra T254 Versu won the coveted Tractor of the Year 2018 (TOTY) and Best Design 2018 awards at Agritechnia 17 in Germany last month.

The Valtra T254 Versu won the coveted Tractor of the Year 2018 (TOTY) and Best Design 2018 awards at Agritechnica 17 last month in Hannover, Germany.

 
Anderson’s wrapped bale trailer.

Anderson Group, in Quebec, Canada, has launched a trailer that collects wrapped silage bales on the move, with no risk of damaging the plastic film.

 
 
Effluent... everywhere.

Can you guess what's covering the interior of this Case IH Puma? Hint: the driver was on effluent duties.

Those considering a re-map of tractor’s ECU would be prudent to ask many questions first – especially if it will affect the manufacturer’s warranty.

The start of the harvest season brings thoughts such as ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’ and for farmers and contractors alike the dream of more engine power.

Kubota’s new sub-compact tractors arriving here next year.

During Kubota's recent celebration of 40 years in Australasia, dealers got their first look at the new BX 80 sub-compact tractors which will hit the shores of New Zealand in April 2018.

Seed drills offer many options

The new Espro 6000 RC seed drill offers two separate metering and distribution systems on one universal seed drill package to provide a choice of field operations for arable work.

Only tough will do

The capital cost of high-output modern tractors and machinery has prompted many agricultural contractors to diversify into civil work such as site development, re-contouring and road or race building.

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.

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.

For ten years quads have been getting bigger and piling on cubic capacity: it’s no surprise now to see machines of 750, 800 or even 1000cc.

Although conditions in the agricultural machinery sector continue to be difficult, the family-owned Austrian firm of Pöttinger was still able to increase sales by 2% to Eur 308 million in the 2016-17 financial year.

Matt Walker, of Barrhill Dairy Ltd in Mid-Canterbury, runs a mixed operation that focuses on 2200 cows milked through two dairies, producing 1.3 million kgMS per annum.

The subject of quad safety is never far from the news media, but recent recommendations by Wellington coroner Brigitte Windley following the death of a 56-year-old Otago worker in 2014 do nothing to advance a solution.

 

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