LAMMA ’19 – the launchpad for latest livestock kit
LAMMA has a well-earned reputation as the place to visit among livestock farmers looking for new kit, and the 2019 event held at the NEC Birmingham on 8th and 9th January is no exception.
The trade halls will host more than 700 exhibitors, many specialising in the livestock sector whose stands will be packed with new ideas and cutting-edge equipment of all shapes and sizes.
Some of the latest kit on show includes:
Fendt will be launching its Rotana Combi Baler/wrapper and will also present the Fendt Squadra ultra-high density baler, which is expected to attract interest from the biomass sector in particular.
The Fendt Rotana 130 F Combi combines baling and wrapping with maximum quality, precision and efficiency. The tried and trusted baling technology of the fixed chamber round baler forms the heart of this machine.
The cam trackfree pickup, 18 PowerGrip steel rollers and mechanical tailgate lock guarantee perfectly formed bales and bale densities. The machine features an intelligent wrapping system and a sensor roller to ensure the optimal number of plastic layers are wrapped around the bales, with an even overlap of each layer.
McHale is introducing its R 68-78 centre delivery rake, which delivers an aerated swath for high output baling or harvesting. Both rotors are suspended centrally and operate at equal ground pressures across the working width. Tine movement can be adjusted to cater for different crop conditions. The variable working width (6.8-7.8m) is adjusted hydraulically from the tractor seat.
McHale’s ProGlide B9000 butterfly rear mowers also now comes with a hydraulic width adjustment as an option, to help achieve optimum cutting performance in hilly or undulating conditions.
McHale’s F5, V6 and Fusion Balers all feature a new pick-up which includes larger feed augers, flexible floor and camless pick-up option to deliver higher output and better reliability, particularly in uneven lumpy swaths and heavy and light rows.
The company will also display its new film binding baler the F5600 Plus. The machine eliminates the need for net wrap, binding the bale with film in the bale chamber.
Aimed at large-scale grassland operations, Kuhn’s Merge Max 950 bi-directional belt merger uses two adjustable, variable width and bi-directional merger belts to give a maximum grass pick-up width of 9.5m to provide multiple windrow delivery options.
Auto-regulating rollers at the front and side of the pick-up unit self-adjust their position according to crop thickness, passing a consistent supply of forage to the merger belts to produce a uniform, airy and faster-drying windrow.
Tanco’s latest version of the 1400 series high-output trailed round bale wrapper, the 1400-V, features at LAMMA. The patented split table of the 1400, designed to allow simultaneous wrapped bale unloading and next bale reloading, is retained on the 1400-V, and enhanced with auto-loading.
McHale will also be showing its latest products from the McHale C4 silage feeder and straw blower range, including two new models, the C430 linkage machine to cater for users who have restricted access to confined space and the C470 to provide a machine with extra capacity. The current C460 is a trailed machine that has the capacity for two 4ft bales.
Trioliet will present the Solomix 3 New Edition range of mixer wagons with a capacities of 27, 30 and 34 cu m.
The program three-auger mixers are low profile machines featuring a range of discharge options – side doors, conveyor belt at front or (adjustable) chain conveyor at front. The machines feature Dual Flow, whereby feed is mixed vertically and horizontally resulting in faster mixing with a power requirement of 140-160hp.
Slurry and muck management
Vredo’s VT7028-3 will make its UK debut at LAMMA. The new three-axled machine is powered by a Deutz V8 687hp motor linked to the in-house developed Vredo CVT transmission, which drives wheels fitted with massive 900/60R42 tyres. The machine can be equipped with a 32 cu m slurry tank or a Tebbe spreader of 35t.
All this, in combination with the wide injectors and a high working speed means a very high capacity can be realised.
Fencing and gates
Hampton Steel will have its new Versalok metal post and clip system at the event. The delta profile ensures a strong post and lozenge-shaped holes enable clips to be inserted anywhere along the post. This means the Versalok post system is compatible with all woven wire mesh fencing patterns.
Produced from high tensile steel in 1.5mm and 2.5mm options, the product is offered with a 30-year guarantee. Standard post heights of 1.8, 2.2 and 2.9m are available from stock; other post heights can be made to order.
Hampton's in-house technical team developed the Versalok posts and clip system after months of research. The posts are coated with a zinc, magnesium and aluminium alloy coating providing an excellent long life post system.
The unique solar/battery gate system developed by Dofygate has been updated. The DG2 stock version allows easy access into and out of animal enclosures with the driver in control of the gate from inside the vehicle. The DG2 can provide 2 bar widths up to 6.0m, 4 bar widths up to 5.0m and 7 bar widths up to 4.2m.
LAMMA ’19, supported by headline sponsor AFP, takes place on Tuesday 8th January between 8.30am and 5.30pm and Wednesday 9th January between 8.30am and 4.30pm.