Machinery

Machinery

  • FROM precision application and self-propelled machines to simple side-spreaders, there’s no shortage of developments in manure application machinery. Martin Rickatson rounds up the latest. 
    The market for muck spreading equipment is still well-supplied by committed manufacturers,
  • A NEW system that allows operators of umbilical slurry systems to stop the flow of manure in the pipe and protect the pump at the same time has been developed by SlurryKat, in Northern Ireland. 

  • THE LATEST muck spreader from Joskin has been designed with smaller farmers in mind, with a lower loading height a selling point for that sector of the market.

  • Kverneland Group (KvG) is a leading international company developing, producing and distributing agricultural machinery and services. It has been part of the Kubota Group since 2012.

  • TWOSE of Tiverton is to merge with its sister company, McConnel – combining two of the most famous names in British agricultural engineering, with both coming from the Alamo Group of manufacturers.

Motoring

Motoring

  • AUDI'S 'bread and butter’ model, the A4 saloon, has evolved into one of the best all-rounders that it makes.

  • JEEP’S WEE Renegade SUV broke the mould in a lot of ways for the US-based manufacturer, invoking some horror amongst enthusiasts that it could also come in two-wheel-drive!

  • LAND ROVER’S updated Discovery Sport is not just about good looks – the 2017 model year cars will come with some of the most sophisticated electronic gizmos yet seen on a SUV, including a device that means you will never lose your keys!.

  • IT'S quite a big engine for a small car and it packs a fair bit of oomph, but the 2.2-litre diesel fitted to the updated CX-5 middle-of-the-table SUV from Mazda also scores well on thriftiness.

  • I HAVE a feeling that Suzuki has a little winner on its hands with the latest version of the Vitara, especially the punchy ‘S’ version that I had the pleasure of companioning recently.

Technical

Technical

  • AN IDEAL 'farmer-type' ATV and an updated version of its popular side-by-side ATV, the Ranger, are new on the market for 2016 from Polaris.

  • IT is that time of year again when dealing with livestock through the winter is at the forefront of all farmers minds.

  • NEW additions to its catalogue will mark spares business, Spaldings' return to the Royal Highland Show for the first time in five years.

  • THREE Gold medals for innovative excellence have been awarded in this year's round of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland's Technical Innovation Award scheme.

  • THE Kombi2Plus silage sheet and Silofix cover belt from forage clamp specialist, Bock UK, are designed to make sheeting down easier and more effective.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide

  • MARKER WEIGHTS the AGRIbumper being imported by Lincs-based McCormick dealer, Robert H Crawford and Son, performs a number of roles - it can provide up to 1600kg ballast using steel plates; LED daytime running lights that flash for turns on the road; reflective width markers; and a bumper that will discourage the tractor mounting a car in the event of a collision.

  • PLOUGH MAKER Tim Hubert, of Suffolk-based farm machinery business Agri-Hire, is filling the void left by Dowdeswell Engineering's closure by building his own ploughs.

  • SMALL SCALE in addition to a Tier 4 Final engine specification and enhanced smart hydraulics features for full-size Loadall telescopic handlers, JCB unveiled the compact but high specification 525-60 Agri Plus.

  • FAST SPRAYER fancy a new Fastrac 4000 for spraying?

  • ENGINE UPGRADE Caterpillar distributor, Finning, showed the TH306D, the first - and smallest - of a new generation of telescopic handlers that meet latest emissions requirements with urea injection (SCR) and a catalyst (DOC) on the Cat engines.

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