Australian dairy farmers might be enjoying what seems to be a bumper hay and silage season but they still won’t have enough to meet their needs next winter, according to a national hay marketing company.
Hine, whose business is based at his parents’ property at Woodglen, not far from Bairnsdale, Victoria, says the large square baler is the last addition to make up his “full fleet” of haymaking gear.
The new Vicon Extra mower/conditioner uses a centre pivot roller conditioner with 10 discs and a 3.5 working width.
He says a great feature is that the flotation system works well in undulating country, and the cutter bar is “bullet-proof”.
The cutter bar housing on the Vicon extra mower conditioners is made from two C profiles welded together, providing an extremely stiff design and eliminating oil leaks.
“The three blades per disc give clean cutting at a slower tip speed, and that means longer tip life. A blade is always is in the crop for constant cutting.”
Hine runs a Fendt 926 tractor for the big square baler, and a Fendt 714 for the sprayer. A John Deere 6620 looks after the majority of the mowing and raking, a Case CVX1190 runs the round baler and a Case MXU110 handles the wrapper.
Hine employs eight workers in the busy season.
Employee Brendan Schumann has been impressed with the performance of the Vicon BW1800C wrapper.
“The farm owner was bringing the bales to me four at a time and I was easily keeping up with the baler.”
In the first month that Hine operated the new round baler he had already made 4000 bales, the majority in silage.
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