Is Zetor staging a comeback?

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. 

 
Lemken buys an eye to the future

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.

Strainrite outrigger.

The problem of Mycoplasma bovis points up the need for better farm biosecurity measures, helped admirably by Strainrite Fencing Systems’ new M-Stop 1 metre outrigger system.

 
Multi-one in action.

Jacks Machinery of Whakatane, a retailer of tractors and machinery since 1970, is New Zealand distributor of an interesting range of mini-handlers from Italy.

Massey Ferguson’s RB variable baler.

With AGCO buying the grassland division of Lely in 2017, it was a sure bet Massey Ferguson would launch a new round baler range taking the best from the Welger stable and building on MF’s long history in such products.

 
Valtra T174.

Graeme Savill's Valtra T174 has made a difference to his Bay of Plenty forestry contracting business since arriving in January and is handy on his dairy farm.

MF 6700 Global Series.

Massey Ferguson has launched three tractors in its new MF 6700 Global Series, soon to arrive in the Australian and New Zealand markets. 

600 trailers rolled out weekly

Well known in Europe and the UK, Welsh trailer manufacturer Ifor Williams, is also building a reputation in New Zealand with distributors in both islands.

Can Am Outlander.

With a history that dates back 75 years to its formation, and 20 years since it introduced its first quad, the Canadian company BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) knows off-road vehicles. 

Jimny Convert.

The UTV is a workhorse on many rural properties, but the asking prices -- $15,000 to $30,000 -- cause some farmers to baulk. So imported Japanese micro-trucks or conversions of more mainstream vehicles are gaining ground.

Making a good quality stack or clamp silage is a given for livestock farmers, but feeding out can be a lottery.

Farmers, fruit or vege growers, vineyard owners or rural contractors -- most either know of or own gear made by Bertolini, whose distinctive blue tanks make them a standout in any field. 

Global milk harvesting specialist DeLaval, well known for robotic milking, says it has raised the bar with its recently launched voluntary milking system (VMS) — the VMS300. 

Suzuki, a key player in the quad market and the first to bring out a four-wheel machine (Quadrunner) in 1983, has pulled the wraps off its 2019 range-topping King Quad 750AXI 4x4.

An easy-to-use solution in a bottle is said to cure engine ills such as blown head gaskets, cracked cylinder heads or blocks and porous castings in minutes.

Aitchison AirPro zero-tillage seed drills have a loyal following, with the 4.8 and 6.0m units forming the backbone of sales for ten years.

Already seen 12 months ago in a wheeled version, JCB’s tracked version of its TeleSkid, the 3TS-8T, runs on 450mm wide belts at speeds up to 12.6km/h.

Tyre maker BKT and its NZ distributor TRS Tyre and Wheel again ran their Balls for Charity fundraiser at Fieldays. 

 

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