ScotGrass is set to return to Crichton Royal Farm at Dumfries in 2019 by the kind permission of the SRUC. The event, which takes place on Wednesday 15th May 2019, gives visitors an opportunity to see the latest grassland machinery in action on field scale plots at a commercial dairy farm.
ScotGrass is once again kindly sponsored by Volac.
The triennial event, which is organised by the AEA on behalf of industry exhibitors, attracts livestock farmers and grassland contractors from throughout the UK and is a popular showcase for major equipment manufacturers.
The event, which is organised by the AEA on behalf of industry exhibitors, attracts livestock farmers and grassland contractors from throughout the UK. Held on a commercial diary farm the working event is also a popular showcase for major equipment manufacturers such as New Holland, the company will be attending this year’s event and are supported by their local dealer Lloyd.
Strong New Holland presence
New Holland equipment on display will include two Foragers, a Centenario T5 tractor (a limited edition tractor part of the Centenario Range, which celebrates the 100 years anniversary of Fiat Tractors and has a characteristic dark red colour) and two T6 DCT specialty tractors – one in Ford blue and one in Terracotta, so both limited editions, homages to the Ford legacy of New Holland and the strong heritage of Fiat tractors, pioneering in agricultural technology for a century.
Additional New Holland grass equipment will include a Discutter F32P, MegaCutter 860P and Disccutter C320P Mower Conditioners, together with two rakes a ProRotor C660M and ProRotor C820 and a ProTed 880 tedder.
2019 Mower of the year to get its first UK outing
Pottinger UK will be taking a pretty comprehensive range of machinery to ScotGrass this year. In terms of new products a highlight will be the companies new NOVACAT A10 CROSS FLOW mower combination, which was recently named ‘Machine of the year’ in the mowers category at the 2019 SIMA Show in Paris, France.
Pottinger’s revolutionary technology enables swaths to be merged directly behind the cutterbar. Thanks to the new cross conveyor auger the swath is merged immediately after mowing without needing a conditioner, offering a cost-effective and lightweight system for merging swaths. Additionally its low weight and low power requirement reduce fuel consumption.
Working debut for new John Deere forager
John Deere’s new 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvester will be making its UK working debut at this year’s ScotGrass. It will be demonstrated alongside the company’s latest wrapping baler and 6R Series CommandPRO tractor.
The 9000 Series combines the latest forage harvesting technology with several efficiency enhancing developments to form the basis of John Deere’s new HarvestMotion concept, which significantly increases throughput and enables industry leading fuel economy. Performance improvements of up to 10 per cent have been verified through numerous field tests conducted by John Deere and several independent research institutes.
There are four models in the new series from 625 to 970hp, with the flagship 9900 powered by a new 24.2-litre V12 Liebherr engine with striking twin exhausts. This provides outstanding torque capacity and copes easily with peak loads at lower engine speeds, even beneath 1400rpm. The large crop channel width of 850mm is designed to handle the foragers’ higher throughput, to ensure the best possible forage quality and chopping efficiency.
John Deere has also extended its range of kernel processors by introducing the XStream KP model for the 9000 Series range. This high performance processor has been developed together with the US based company Scherer, an experienced leader in kernel processor technology, and increases processing intensity by 10 per cent at all cutting lengths.
Kernel processor rolls are available with a standard sawtooth design on the Premium KP unit, and either the sawtooth or a new XCut design on the XStream KP, which features a spiral cut groove across the roll surface. Both roll designs are also available with the proven Dura Line heavy-duty coating for increased durability. The kernel processor can be removed in just five minutes for quick changes between maize and grass.
The new 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters are also available with John Deere’s complete range of AMS precision farming systems, for improved operator comfort and cutting quality. These include AutoTrac automatic steering and the latest HarvestLab 3000 near infrared constituent sensing system with AutoLOC automatic length-of-cut settings and silage additive dosing on the move, based on dry matter content – this three-in-one system will also be highlighted and demonstrated at ScotGrass.
The same sensor system can be used in stationary mode for analysing clamp silage in order to manage feed rations more accurately, and for analysing the constituents in manure (eg N, NH4, P & K) when operating a slurry tanker. Other advanced technology features include RowSense feeler guidance, which allows the forager to automatically follow maize rows; Active Fill Control for automatic filling of trailers; and the MyJohnDeere Operations Centre web portal, which can be used for machinery fleet management and for displaying detailed, up to the minute machine and harvest data.
Knowledge trail for quality forage:
In additional to the machinery demonstrations there will be a series of Knowledge trail stations covering Grassland Conservation, quality forage, Soil Structure, and the use of precision farming for forage.
Industry experts will also be on hand to answer questions on technical subjects affecting the livestock industry, together with numerous product and service suppliers.
ScotGrass is a one-day specialist Grassland event held once every three years, attracting several thousand visitors connected with grassland production. This year’s event is taking place at the SRUC’s Crichton Royal Farm, Dumfries DG1 4AS on Wednesday 15th May 2019.
10am – 3pm Working Demos
9am – 4pm Statics Exhibit Open
10am – 4pm Clamp Demos