Heinz Pottinger says despite tough trading conditions his company managed to increase sales by 2% to €308 million in the 2016-17 financial year

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 was looking for a high-power, multi-tasking machine, which – among other things – also had to handle a fully-mounted, 6-furrow reversible plough.

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.

Because quads look easy to use, over-confidence comes quickly and can get novice riders into situations they are not prepared for and quickly lead to accidents.

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.

New quad works hard, rides easy

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.

The Power Farming Euro Tour saw 63 New Zealand farmers, contractors and dealers hit Italy and Germany to see the latest tractor technologies from the SDF Group including production of the series 6, 7 and 9 Deutz Fahr.

While the All Blacks were well into planning their end-of-year tour, another group of Kiwis headed to the northern hemisphere in the middle of July during the European summer.

The Kramer range includes nine compact wheel loaders, four telescopic wheel loaders and nine telehandlers.

John Deere has allied with Kramer-Werke, a German materials handling gear maker, to distribute the latter’s products via the JD dealer network.

The JD 4640 Universal Display enables customers to use the most common and popular JD applications, including AutoTrac and Section.

The new John Deere 4640 Universal Display enables customers to use the most common and popular John Deere applications in a portable display that has the latest internal components, design and user interface.

Mark Daniel.

WorkSafe's recent statement that carrying a passenger on a single seat quad might be acceptable in exceptional circumstances – particularly when there is no other alternative – appears to be something of a hospital pass.

Diesel’s days numbered?

Engine maker Cummins has been the go-to engine provider for many ag machine manufacturers for decades. And who doesn’t love the sound of a big Cummins motor under load?

Pivot steer handlers are said to be capable on slips or steep silage pits.

While telehandlers are gaining acceptance in New Zealand, they still only sell in relatively small numbers compared to the UK, where 50% of agricultural operations are reckoned to use them.

Pictures of before (left) and after (right) of the Biofume Ozone System at work.

Taking both the Fieldays Innovations Launch and the Locus Research Innovation Awards, the BioFume Ozone System shows early promise for cleaning and bacteria control.

The introduction of the Kverneland KultiStrip System will “bring opportunities to farm environmentally and improve yields and profitability."

The introduction of the Kverneland KultiStrip System by distributor Power Farming will “bring opportunities to farm environmentally and improve yields and profitability,” the company says.

For years the quad market has been nibbled at by side-by-side (SxS) vehicles with their better carrying capacity and driver protection and, depending on options, shelter from the elements.

John Deere's Horst factory in the Netherlands has a history of plant protection, designing and manufacturing crop sprayers for at least 70 years.

Austrian machinery maker Pottinger has unveiled what it claims is a new concept in ‘smart’ soil cultivation for its drills in the shape of the Terrasem Wave Disc.

Farmers or landowners looking to establish seedbeds quickly might want to take a closer look at the new Maschio Presto disc harrow distributed by Power Farming.

Telehandlers have brought about a big change in materials handling on farms, with increased lift and reach capacities that traditional tractor/loader combinations couldn’t achieve.

The new Kverneland FlexCart from importer Power Farming comprises a 4300L hopper mounted on a robust chassis with oversize wheel equipment and a rear-mounted Cat 2 three-point linkage.

The recently introduced fourth generation Valtra N series boasts many features from its ‘big brother’ T series but is built into a smaller, more manoeuvrable package which should appeal to many operators.

Tulloch Farm Machines, Masterton, has introduced a new Krone Big Pack 870 HDF XC MultiBale unique in its interest to contractors: it would allow them to offer different end products from the one machine.

It was always going to happen, so no surprise that Harper Adams University, UK is combining all the facets of high-tech agriculture to grow a ‘hands-free hectare’.


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