Discussion in 'Grassland Management' started by Alfie, Apr 12, 2020.
Some scutter in the second pic.
Be lots of brown sauce in that stuff.ya prob leave it for a day til ya lift it to soak abit
A waste of grass , diesel , money , soil structure.
Cut similar today . Don’t know what’s there panic .
The panic is serious, ground is wet and cold and lads wants you to cut now and bale 2morro! And receding is full bore and the clay at best is tacky
And if you are going to insist on pricking like that group it don't get the contractor to rake the thing
Thats grim - second cuts around this place not great either. I suspect alot of mouldy bales will be opened early next year around the country:(
Another day down
Had three dry days here (Sunday Monday and Tuesday) sadly not enough to dry out for mowing,found out a local muppet still has 70 acres of 1st cut to get.
Unfortunately same here and from it started raining around 9 or 10 pm last night til 6pm this evening we had 37.2mm and its still fecking slobbering.
Back to square -1 now
Was a bit wet in Galway I gather
Aye galway got it wet but we actally over 2 hours from galway city.
20mins brings us to the border with fermanagh
Heres the yoke to speed ya up...
I remember something very like that in a New Holland brochure from years ago, with an * beside it ,
* not available in UK and Ireland !
International Harvester had an electrically powered implement system back in the '50s, Electrall.
It's a great idea, I ve seen industrial equipment move from cumbersome hydrostat units to electric drives and converted over some industrial equipment from hydrostatic systems and belt variators to electric with variable frequency drives myself. Much improved reliability and nearly maintenance free , even in very inhospitable conditions.
I think a combine would be ideal to be powered by electric aside from the drum everything else is low powered and could be varied in speed using electric motors . Even the screens and frogmouths could have those whacker vibrating motors they use in concrete plants .
Yeah it’s made in France they also do a folding version.
Would this be anyway advantageous instead of a big lump of a swath more prone to the weather? Mind you a lot of what they make silage of in France we class
seem a bit pointless by time you get it on you could have had half the field lifted , and a chopper that size lifting 20ft swaths , only advantage is if you had 1 of those 2 roter rakes that cant quite keep the swath tight enough when there full out . presubably they use them on the continent for crops like alfalfa that there not wanting to mess about with much
Got 33 bales off three acres today, mowed yesterday afternoon , more than the 1st cut produced
No rain thankfully
All contractors in France use the 4.5-5m headers. There are several makes. All of them are built like the proverbial brick sh1thouse and last for decades. They don’t buy any header with a new forager just keep the pickup.
I personally hate them. All the hassle of taking on/off, it’s like messing with a combine. The reason they’re popular is that farmers are too lazy to ted & rake so they just mow and leave to wilt/dry in the swaths.
Another problem with them is that they run on skids which is fine, but if like in Ireland the ground can be tender at harvest, they’d make some mess of the ground.
Horses for course I guess.
I recall our horror of seeing guys using tractors to buckrake from self propelled silage harvesters when I first went to ah college in the Uk in the late 90’s. A Volvo or a Clarke Michigan was surely the only way!
I can never understand the hardship of buckraking with the back of a tractor in modern times
I worked for a guy in Crewe who Had a nh fx38 chopping and a fleet of 7840’s carting with these laughably small west trailers (wheelbarrows we used to call them) first time I ever drove a SLE gearbox and I loved them, same guy had a 8340 on duals opened up to near 180 hp with a rear mounted buckrake on the pit, was some weapon but the lad on it was a lunatic so he made it look easy.
Used to work from Crewe down to shropshire border, seen some massive dairy farms.