John Deere’s new ZTrak zero-turn mower.

John Deere has introduced the new diesel Z994R Commercial ZTrak zero-turn mower, said to offer more performance and efficiency, and available in New Zealand from early 2019.

 
Klaas and Janny Akkersma with their Avataar UTV.

When Klaas and Janny Akkersma arrived in New Zealand from Holland in 1998 they brought with them a bucketful of hope and limited funds. 

Scott Johnstone with his K2 King Cobra irrigator.

Launched in 2012, the Cobra irrigator, designed and manufactured by Hi-Tech Enviro Solutions, quickly became a farmer favourite for its efficiency and ease of use, says the company’s business manager Rob Johnson.

 
Yardmaster’s horizontal screw separator.

Reid and Harrison’s effluent expertise dates back at least 50 years, but it gained big traction in the early 1980s with the launch of its Yardmaster pump.

The Q-companion.

Frontloader specialist Quicke's Q-companion is designed to allow operators to record weights of materials loaded, so it proves useful for mixing rations or loading trucks with produce for hauling away from a farm. 

JCB has just released impressive financial results for the 2017 year.

Despite Brexit being foreshadowed as a handbrake on Britain’s exports to Europe, it seems the future holds no fear for construction and farm machinery maker JCB, which has just released impressive year 2017 financial results.

Keltec Butterfly mowers.

In a market crowded with rear butterfly-style mowers it’s no surprise to see entrants looking for a slice of the overall pie. 

Alpego's Super Craker.

The practice of sub-soiling, by no means new, has been acknowledged by farmers and contractors as helping improve drainage and creating healthier soil conditions.

Tow and Fert sprayer systems made by Metalform have been around for several years, growing in popularity with users who cite reduced costs and other benefits. 

The latest device from the Irish maker, Moocall Heat, monitors cows for heat detection, centering on a collar worn by the bull to detect his activity as he moves through the herd. 

The Lalich family have found success with Pottinger for their dairy farm and contracting business at Ngarua, near Morrinsville, where a manager looks after the farm, leaving father Trevor, and son Daniel free for the contracting work.

The new range of Kuhn Profile double-auger mixers are designed for intensive use, with capacities starting from 18cu.m, ideal in tight spaces, and to 34cu.m for users doing larger jobs.

John Deere is rolling out precision ag solutions and updated software for use on more brands and for expanding applications: they are the 4240 Universal Display, AutoTrac Universal 300 guidance solution and updated 18-2 Gen 4 software.

The Zetor tractor is not a common sight on New Zealand’s farms, but Dairy News suspects there may still be a few out there earning their keep. 

The German cultivation and seeding specialist Lemken has bought the Dutch company Skeketee – part of its plan to promote mechanical weeding, given the pressure growing on the use of weedkillers.

 

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