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Machinery compatibility with maize rows whether drilled straight or in curves. Full telematics allows data including performance information and yield mapping to be shared between the machine and farm office, with simple data management available through New Holland’s latest FR Forage Cruisers impressed at

the demonstration and for those spending long hours in the seat the cabs are hard to beat. Independently verified fuel use information suggests the design is efficient and with models to suit farms and contractors harvesting multiple crops and a comprehensive dealer network providing back-up, the brand is well worth considering.

New TH telehandlers replace previous TM models and apart from the change to yellow livery the main operational difference is a new transmission and axles. There are six models in four specification levels and the top Elite version includes an armrestmounted joystick.

New Holland’s flagship W170D wheel loader at the event was kept busy on the silage clamp. There are 3 models in the D-series line-up with 4.5-litre or 6.7-litre power units.

New Holland’s Fiat Centenario Limited Edition tractors celebrate 100 years since Fiat tractor production started.

Grassland implements

New Holland used the event to demonstrate its mowers, rakes and tedders available since the company’s acquisition of Kongskilde Agriculture. Mowers offered now include front- and rear-mounted and lateral and central pull. The DiscCutter F320P front mower-conditioner demonstrated has a 3.11m working width and uses Polyethylene conditioner fingers, considered safer than metal for livestock fodder production. Two springs maintain gentle ground contact and accurate contour following. The blades have a twist profile and are designed to twist upward and prevent bed damage in the event of impact. A full width skid with the two outside blades rotating inwards is standard. Fins at the rear are easily adjusted to shape the swath and setting the unit for mowing only, or mowing with conditioning just requires the position of the internal deflector to be set to suit. The rear DiscCutter 320P is a similar design with hydraulic break-back protection. In the event of striking an obstruction it’s designed to move to the rear and lift clear of the ground.

Tractor updates Product marketing specialist for high horsepower tractors David Redman is pictured with the T7.315 HD, which meets Stage 5 emissions regulations without needing Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR). “Because the tractor has no EGR the service interval has been increased from 600–750 hours,” he explained. “An additional catalyst in the SCR chamber is used to meet exhaust gas requirements using only Adblue.” David said PLM Connect telematics are now standard and that a useful addition to the equipment included is an air line connector and hose for easy cleaning in the field. Other tractor news includes the addition of Intelligent Trailer Braking which is available on T7 and T6 AutoCommand models. A torque sensor in the transmission monitors deceleration, and engages the trailer brakes if over-run is detected. The T6.175 DynamicCommand tractor was available to test drive with optional Ground Speed Management 2. “This makes the DCT transmission behave in many respects like a CVT and a feature exclusive to New Holland is that target speeds can be set and maintained with engine revs as low as possible through automatic gear selection. A clever feature is that when changing down the system detects if a sudden speed change will occur and automatically ‘blips’ the throttle to avoid the jolt. Brake-toclutch is an option as is Custom Steer which can be set for different rates of operation in forward and reverse gears.”

The double-rotor rake did an excellent job of creating a swath from the sometimes sparse forage, leaving little behind without introducing soil and stones.

Pictured at the event are (l-r) New Holland area sales manager Brian Magee; marketing manager Mark Crosby; general sales manager for harvesting products, James Doyle; and forage harvester and balers product marketing specialist, Ian Bourke.

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