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29 August 2016

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Young contractor knows what he likes

South Canterbury contractor Raincliff Agriculture has a fleet of Lely machinery that is helping owner Brychan Morgan achieve his goals and meet deadlines with greater ease. Raincliff Agriculture provides a total silage service, which includes mowing, raking, tedding, round baling, wrapping and bulk silage. They also drill and clean fodder beet, cultivate and cart grain. Brychan has owned Lely machinery for several years. His Lely gear includes two silage wagons, a Tigo 50R and a Tigo PR70, which he bought from JJ Limited in Timaru. “One reason we bought them was the location of the service and the reliability of JJs in Timaru,” he says. “The Tigos are very well built for the conditions that we are in and the local terrain. They balance well on the hills, which is a pretty important thing for us.” Brychan bought the Tigo 50 R first and added the Tigo PR 70 to his fleet a year later. Lely’s Tigo PR silage wagons have a superior crop handling system due to the unique design of the rotor fingers. They offer the smallest cutting gap on the market and minimal crop damage. “The features on them are good but Lely is continually improving them. The new one has scales and more knives, and the knives are a lot easier to pull out to sharpen. They swing out to the side and to speed up our work we sharpen every job we go to,” Brychan says. “The new PR 70 wagon is a hundred times better than the older version. The product spinning out of the new one is fantastic.” Brychan has owned a Lely Welger RPC 445 Tornado baler for three years and says it’s an honest, reliable baler that produces good-quality baleage, hay and straw. “Turning up to a client’s place and having reliable equipment is the most important thing going forward to try and build the business. I can’t afford to have anything break down; it has to go in and out of the gate and give me 100 percent, all of the time.” He particularly likes the drop-out flexi floor, which he says is a great feature of the 445 baler. “It means if you get a block, you drop the floor out and let your product through, instead of getting in there to pull it all out by hand. It speeds the job up a lot. “It’s a hungry machine and you have to feed the product in quick, but as long as you have good product in front of you it’s good, the same as the chopper wagon.” Unfortunately, droughts during the past two years have meant Brychan hasn’t got the most out of his baler to date, but he’s hoping this coming season will be better. He pulls the baler with a Fendt 820 tractor, which he says makes an ideal unit. Brychan also runs a set of Lely Splendimo 900 M triple mowers, which he runs with a Fendt 828 tractor. “The triple mowers have been great for me. I like them because they are not overly priced and they are an easy unit to run,” he says. “Every module in the mowers can be pulled out, so if you have a breakdown it’s not going to be in the workshop for three weeks. It is in and out in 24 hours, which is a big plus for me. “We had another brand of mower a couple of seasons before this one and it was out of action for two weeks, but with the Lely they just take the component out and we had it back in within the next day.” Brychan recently upgraded to a new Lely Hibiscus 915 CD Vario rake, which he says is a good compaction rake. “It goes up to 9 m, it sucks right in and it follows the contours of our terrain better than the older Lely rake I had,” he says. “This season was so dry that it made it difficult to make a row, so having the ability to adjust the row width while moving was fantastic. We had less wastage on the ground and less soil content was going into the product, which was great for the farmers.” Raincliff Agriculture also runs a Lely Lotus 900 P tedder, which Brychan says distributes the product evenly over the ground. “I’ve been very impressed with this tedder. It follows the ground contours very well and spreads it out well and is reliable. I haven’t had anything go wrong with it in the last three years.”

29 August 2016

News

When the pressure is on, the RP 160 V won't let you down

After 28 years of contracting John Clark is in a good position to say he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to agricultural contracting and what gear is good and what isn’t. Producing approximately 30,000 bales a season with the help of Lely tedders, rakes and balers towed behind a fleet of 10 Fendt tractors John Clark Contracting sets the standard when it comes to producing top-quality forage. With the introduction of the Lely Welger RP 160 V last season John Clark of John Clark Contracting was lucky enough to receive one of the two New Production Introduction balers released into the New Zealand marketplace. This variable baler is the new generation take on the previous Welger RP 445 and offers so much in terms of reliability, ease of maintenance and operation, with John stating “it’s a reliable baler that doesn’t let you down on the job”. Callum, driver for John Clark Contracting has produced 12,800 round bales to date with the baler and is yet to find fault with the machine. The baler has proven itself to produce a high density, round bale with a solid centre core keeping farmers happy with the end product, plus Callum and the team happy with the overall balers’ performance. Covering areas from Otorohanga and King Country, right down to Tongariro-Rangipo and the Napier-Taupo Road this RP 160 V baler is certainly tested in terms of terrain. Luckily for driver Callum it is equipped with an Alpine Pick-up, specifically designed for the Lely baler and loader wagon range to contour to different terrain. The Alpine Pick-up utilises a contour following pendulum structure which allows the pick-up to move in all directions up to 140mm, making it perfectly suited to produce quality bales no matter the ground conditions. Thus, minimising contamination and pick-up maintenance. This versatile baler guarantees high output, well-shaped high density bales suitable for all dry or wet crops and anyone can operate it… “It’s pretty straight forward to use. We make around 40-60 bales per hour, depending on terrain. On steep hills, we have to back up and release the bale; which takes time. It’s less hassle on wet crop”. A newly designed and thoroughly tested bale chamber also ensures high performance no matter the conditions. Thanks to the newly designed geometry of the bale chamber, bale formation is enhanced from the start. Together with the renowned Constant Pressure System (CPS) this baler range delivers exceptionally high density and well-shaped bales. High and consistent bale density reduces costs and ensures a rapid start of the fermentation process in baled silage, resulting in higher feed quality. Tests conducted in the UK revealed up to 40% more weight per bale compared to that of its nearest competitor. Available with either a 2.25m or 2.40 camless pick-up and a 13 knife chopping unit, specifically designed to meet demands of local farmers and contractors. The cleverly designed segment plates and short distance from the pick-up to the rotor ensures excellent crop throughput. The RP 160 V has a heavy duty power split gearbox for the heaviest of conditions. With only positive things to say about the new Lely Welger RP 160 V, plus the exceptional advice and service provided by their local Giltrap Agrizone in Otorohanga and Service Supervisor Michael Ritch, John says “we run the Lely round baler and rely on Lely to have the parts and GAZ to fix it promptly, which is always the case”. For more information on the most versatile variable baler in the market, call Lely New Zealand on 0800 LELY NZ today.

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