Dairy News 20 August 2019

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Spring loaded fence component keeps cattle in their place MARK DANIEL markd@ruralnews.co.nz


fence components build on creativity that won its creator TC Fence Systems an Innovation Award at Fieldays 2018. The company was formed that year by Emile van der Merve, its CoffeeKlip winning an award for simplicity in the fitting of vertical wire battens on fences. SmartRigger components reflect this ethos, says van der Merve, who designed the product. “The insulator design is robust and will stay on the fencepost for many years. “And the spring loaded design of the SmartRigger will allow it to deflect in horizontal and vertical

planes when rubbed against by cattle.” The spring-loaded outriggers are attached to wooden or concrete posts by a single screw or masonry anchor. The base of the unit is a heavy duty plastic boss with an integral chamber that takes the screw or anchor fixing (included with the outrigger and fitted to the post with an 8mm screw setter). After securing to the post, the chamber is capped with a sealing plug to keep out dust and insects, and moisture so as to minimise corrosion. Available in 15cmm, 23cm and 30cm lengths the outriggers vary in stiffness. The shorter units best suit tough conditions and sloping ground, while 30cm SmartRiggers are

preferred for easier, more level terrain. A 50cm unit is being trialled for use with electrical tapes. They can be mounted on the side or top of a post to increase the overall fence height. Installation of the hot wire is simple: feed the hot wire through the end hoop, then push and twist the coil spring assembly onto the insulator boss. Prices range from $2.50 to $3.50, depending on the length. The range is complemented by a 100cm SmartWand designed to prevent stock from pacing along boundaries and damaging fence lines. A five-year warranty applies.

Spring loaded design allows it to deflect in all directions.

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Subsoiler busts yield robbing compaction MARK DANIEL markd@ruralnews.co.nz

DESIGNED FOR deep vertical till-

age, the Great Plains inline subsoiler shatters yield-robbing compaction layers. These layers are a known effect of horizontal tillage tools such as ploughs and discs, and of tractors or continuous repeated traffic. The subsoilers have a working depth of 30-40cm with easily

adjusted depth wheels. They are designed for use in autumn to help loosen the soil profile and restore uniform density but with minimal topsoil disturbance. The subsoiler’s frame is made of high tensile, 9.5mm walled tubing for strength and durability. They come with 70cm (6 shank) or 75cm (5 shank) spacings. A no-till, 25cm wide, winged point is used with the 19mm no-till leg to minimise surface disturbance yet maximise the soil shattering effect

below the surface. At the rear of the machine, individual 41cm diameter roller assemblies, made from 2.5cm solid bars, level the treated surface, enabling single pass seedbed preparation. The shanks are protected against stones, rocks or timber by a horizontally mounted coil spring protection system with a trip force of 1360kg. Subsoilers busts yield robbing compaction

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NZ Patent Numbers: 521150, 544190, 550635, 545042. Further patents pending. International Patent Numbers: 2003267874, 03748807.9. Further patents pending