The importance of grass for many farming operations will be reflected in the quality of its specialist machinery on display at this popular event in the farming calendar.
It can be argued that grass is the most important natural resource on the planet in terms of sustaining its population, so the continued development of machines designed to optimise its production is crucial.
Fendt has been at the forefront of this quest, as its range of machines on display at ScotGrass endorse. Here’s a taste of what show-goers can expect to find.
In order of field procedure, we start with the Fendt Slicer mower/conditioners, represented at the event by the 3060 front-mounted and 3670 rear-mounted models. The patented TurboLift system and centre suspension on the rear-mounted machine combine to provide a floating cut, while protecting the sward and forage quality.
Then there’s the Fendt Twister 7706, a six-rotor tedder (also available in four- and eight-rotor format) that can be partnered by tractors of 30hp upwards. Extremely compact in the raised position, the Twister is just as effective when operating on slopes, thanks to synchronised rotor lifting. And when time is tight, there’s the option of a night swathing gearbox that slows down the rotor speed.
With operating widths of up to 14m, the Fendt Former hay rake has a myMemory function that allows previously selected settings – raking height, operating width and swath width, for example – to be engaged with the touch of a button on the Varioterminal, saving time between jobs. Transport height is less than 4m, without having to remove tine arms.
Moving on to the balers, two examples of the Fendt Rotana model will be present at Crichton Hall Farm – the 130 fixed chamber and the 160V-Combi variable chamber versions.
Representing a new generation of round balers, these machines are really built to last, having been designed to ensure wear and tear are kept to an absolute minimum. All models have a freewheel sprocket that has the ability to rotate a full 360 degrees – this means that if the baling process becomes jammed suddenly, the sprocket continues to spin, allowing the bale to slow down and run out.
As forage harvesters go, they don’t get any more impressive than the Fendt Katana 65. No matter how tricky the terrain and ground conditions, or the degrees of moisture in the crop, the Katana thrives. With its massive cutter head and six feed rollers, this awesome machine generates the highest yields combined with first class chop quality.
The Fendt Tigo XR65 loader wagon delivers an appealing combination of high payload and lightweight, compact design. It’s fully a metre shorter than those of competing manufacturers, achieved by the innovative cowl concept. An important result of this approach is the significantly reduce power requirement from the partnering tractor.
And finally, to finish the job, there’s the Fendt Rollector round bale wrapper, with its stable design for maximum weight bearing and its quick-change film roll system. The Rollector’s wrapping table propulsion mechanism has extra large gearing and a heavy track to extend the life of the drives.
So, there it is – or will be. All the Fendt grass and hay equipment coming to ScotGrass will be matched with suitably powered models, predominantly from Fendt’s 200, 300 and 500 tractor ranges. These excellent machines can be tailored to customers’ individual requirements and provide the perfect partners for all the technology on show.
We look forward to seeing you at the event!