Gehl 188 Chop King at the Northland field days.

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.

 
Dorie farmer John Evans takes possession of his new iXdrive, 4180 self-propelled sprayer from Erik Hogervorst of Kverneland.

A first for the Power Farming Group sees the delivery of the new Kverneland iXdrive 4180 self-propelled sprayer to John and Kai Evans farm at Dorie, mid Canterbury.

Numedic’s Hydrofan nozzle.

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

 
Super sized gyrotedder.

Kuhn has upgraded its range of high capacity tedders with a new chassis design and rotor lifting mechanism which allows higher ground clearance and improved contour following on undulating terrain.

 
New Holland’s Roll Baler 125 and Roll Baler 125 Combi have been completely restyled.

The New Holland Roll Baler 125 and Roll Baler 125 Combi have been completely restyled to offer excellent service access.

New Holland’s Roll-Belt variable baler.

New Holland Agriculture has upgraded its Roll-Belt variable chamber balers for better performance in silage; its new IntelliBale system is said to raise performance and efficiency.

Bill Patrick, Wairarapa, with his new Duncan Renovator drill.

Wairarapa dairy farmer Bill Patrick’s new Duncan Renovator AS5300 drill allows him to cover more ground faster and deal comfortably with trashy conditions on the family’s 2000-cow dairy farm in Wairarapa, east of Masterton.

So far, the season for contractors around the country can best be described as a ‘mixed bag’.

The new year has started with contractors and farmers nationwide more upbeat with the recent increases in dairy payouts and, generally, a more positive outlook for the agri-sector.

Bale wrapping taken to new heights

While much of the baleage in New Zealand seems to be baled and wrapped in combi-style machines, there still seems to be a place for standalone machines which follow the baler around the paddock.

With 14 models across the range, the Jaguar Series is the largest in the market.

Family owned harvesting specialist Claas employs about 11,300 people globally and 10% of its workforce is in R&D.

The 6250R model is one of two new tractors been released by JD this year.

The John Deere 6R Series tractors have been hugely successful, but customers’ thirst for more power in a mid-weight package will see two new models added to the range in 2017.

The new Kubota RTV-X1140 transforms from a two-passenger vehicle with a large cargo bed to one that carries four passengers and still retains a cargo bed.

Omarama Contractors David and Prue O’Neill (t/a David O’Neill) offer cultivation, baling, silage, direct drilling and mulching services and at the height of the season employ up to 22 staff.

A product's name can give away the maker’s intent, so it’s no surprise Kawasaki’s Brute Force 750 4x4 quad is the flagship of an extended range, designed for farmers wanting to do heavy-duty jobs quickly and without fuss.

Swedish manufacturer ALO, famous for its Quicke and Trima brands, is credited with building the first detachable loader in the late 1950s.

Claas has unveiled its two-model Variant 400 series round balers, due for release in New Zealand and Australia in 2017.

Hot on the heels of the M7 series launch Kubota has announced its new M5 series to spearhead an attack in the important 100hp sector.

Dairy automation specialist Lely has developed a version of its Discovery robot to remove manure from solid floors, unlike the original which could only push muck through floor slats.

 

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