Agritechnica 2023: Latest equipment and technology for dairy farmers

07-12-2023 | |
Photo: Agritechnica
Photo: Agritechnica

There were 24 halls at this year’s show filled to the brim with innovations, and a record 470,000 visitors from all over the world visited the biennial event. Farm machinery manufacturers certainly took advantage of Agritechnica to exhibit the latest equipment and technology that dairy farmers might find useful, as can be seen below.

McHale V6 760 baler

Photo: McHale
Photo: McHale

McHale launched its new V6 760 and V8 960 fully automatic variable chamber balers, which are the highest spec machine in the V6/V8 range. McHale has created its highest output pick-up for the V6760/V8960 to increase crop intake through more efficient crop flow. The new tapered feed channel encourages the crop to flow from the pick-up, towards the rotor and into the bale chamber, maximising throughput. To reduce maintenance, all Profi-Flo pick-ups are fitted with a heavier driveline which reduces chain load and increases chain life.

Customers can choose between a 5-tine bar cam track pick-up or, the optional, 6-tine bar camless pick-up which has increased in width. A 540 rpm gearbox is equipped on the V6760/V8960 as standard, plus to optimise machine performance, a 1,000 rpm gearbox is available as an optional extra. These fully automatic machines are Isobus compatible with the option of using McHale’s Iso-Play 7 or Iso-Play 12 terminals.

Krampe ProBody 760 trailer

Photo: Krampe
Photo: Krampe

If you want to shift farmyard manure, or any other commodity, Krampe’s new ProBody 760 trailer will do the job. This trailer is capable of hauling 24 tonnes at 40km/hour and has a body capacity of up to 40 cubic metres using extension sides. The normal grain body itself is 2m tall, 2.32m wide and 8m long, while loading height is 3.57m.

The inclined front wall increases the loading volume while maintaining maneuverability and overall length. A large inspection window provides an easy view into the body. The angle of the front wall facilitates load sliding, ensuring faster and safer unloading. The chassis is made of large-volume rectangular tube 300 x 150 mm, has a suspended, height-adjustable drawbar for low hitch position with flanged 80mm ball head coupling.

Joskin Bioflex 720 R6F6 aerator

Photo: Joskin
Photo: Joskin

New on the Joskin stand was one of its new crop weeders, which have 3 elements for models up to 7.2m working width, and 5 elements for models up to 12m working width. Each element includes up to 96 tines distributed over 6 consecutive rows. The 7mm diameter tines on the Bioflex are highly flexible, following the ground relief perfectly, while remaining independent of one another.

Bioflex aerators are available in 4.8m, 6m and 7.2m versions with single folding system, and in 8.4m, 9.6m, 10.8m and 12m versions with double folding system. As standard, they are equipped with 3+4 gauge wheels for models up to 7.2m, and 5+6 gauge wheels for those up to 12m working width. Each model is hitched to the 3-point linkage of the tractor and has an external width of just 2.5m.

Faresin PF1.14 electric wagon

At Agritechnica, Faresin revealed its first all-electric Leader PF 1.14 self-propelled mixer wagon with 14 cubic metres capacity. The machine is powered by a 91kW, 210Ah lithium iron-phosphate battery integrated with Farmatics telematics for remote control, which is installed in the rear engine compartment. Traction power is provided by a 51kW electric motor positioned in the rear axle, which also transmits motion to the front axle via a cardan shaft. The system has 2 gears that allow travel up to a maximum speed of 20 km/h.

The Leader PF Full Electric has 4 drive and steering wheels that allow 3 types of steering. It is also equipped with a hydropneumatic suspension that can be adjusted in height via a control in the cab, allowing comfortable and safe driving. A 45kW electric motor supplies power for all types of mixes thanks to the 8 mixing speeds. In addition, a special cleaning function allows the auger to completely discharge the mixture inside the mixing tub.

Pottinger Novacat F3100 Opticurve

Photo: Pottinger
Photo: Pottinger

A front mower with automatic curved side shift was introduced on the Pottinger stand. The Novacat F3100 Opticurve mower guarantees a perfect overlap with the rear mower and ensures the tractor drives along a clear track free of forage when cornering and working on steep ground. Even if the tractor drifts sideways when cornering or on steep terrain, the rear tyre of the tractor does not run over grass that has not been cut yet because the mower shifts towards the inner radius of the curve.

New Joskin 12m slurry boom

Photo: Joskin
Photo: Joskin

also showed its new high performance 12m slurry boom in its Start range. One of the main changes concerns the distribution of the slurry in the boom. Whereas the previous 12m model had a single macerator to distribute the slurry into the 44 hoses, the new version is now equipped with 2 Scalper macerators and 4 additional hoses. In total, there are now 48 hoses, with a 25cm row spacing, compared with 28cm previously. While the presence of 2 macerators ensures a better slurry distribution, it also increases the working speed since there is a higher flow of slurry at the tank outlet.

This model is also equipped with gauge wheels on both sides of the boom. These improvements can be found on both the Pendislide Start version with skids and the Penditwist Start version with line hoses.

Krone Lemken VTE auto vehicle

Photo: Krone and Lemkin
Photo: Krone and Lemkin

Krone and Lemken joined forces to present their VTE automatic towing vehicle with a Krone mower attached. All implements on this vehicle are automatically readjusted by means of high-quality sensor systems to ensure that optimum working quality is always achieved. Power is supplied by a diesel MTU 4-cylinder engine that delivers 230hp to a generator, which then supplies electrical power to both axles and the power take-off.

A standardised interface connects the towing vehicle with the attachment device and ensures continuous data exchange in real time. In this manner the data recorded on the attachment device and forwarded to the towing vehicle is continuously compared with previously defined values. In case of deviations, changes are made automatically to the setting of the attachment device. In extreme cases of malfunctions or damage, the unit is stopped.

MF 9S Series tractors

Photo: Massey Ferguson
Photo: Massey Ferguson

Massey Ferguson launched its 9S tractor series of 6 models ranging from 285hp to 425hp. This new range replaces the outgoing MF 8700S series. All models are powered by an updated 6-cylinder, 8.4-litre AGCO Power engine, with Engine Power Management (EPM) offering up to 30hp extra for all models, except the flagship 9S.425.

Models start with the MF 9S 285 at 285hp with a max EPM power of 315hp, while torque output is 1,250Nm at 1,500rpm at max power, and rises to 1,400Nm at 1,500rpm with EPM.

Updates to the engine include a new turbocharging design with a single advanced turbo replacing the twin turbo system. The 660-litre fuel tank is 10% larger than previous models, while the engine is also designed to run on HVO fuel. The new models are fitted with MF’s renowned Dyna-VT continuously variable transmission that offers new power management to deliver additional power and torque compared with previous models.

New Holland CR11 combine

Photo: New Holland
Photo: New Holland

New Holland’s CR11 combine was unveiled at the show promising high productivity and minimal grain loss. Thanks to its 775hp C16 engine, 2x24inch rotors, a 20,000 litre capacity grain tank, and a 210 litres per second unload rate, the CR11 will significantly increases productivity. The new Twin Clean cleaning shoe comes with 2 cleaning systems behind each other, with 2 upper sieves, 2 lower sieves, 2 clean grain augers and 2 sets of pressure sensors to measure cleaning shoe load.

Also, the completely new residue management system comes with a new chopper and chaff spreader system, designed to ensure the best chop quality and even residue spreading over up to 60ft cutting width.

Merlo TFe 43.7 telehandler

Photo: Merlo
Photo: Merlo

A new full size electric TFe 43.7 telehandler was on the Merlo stand, still in prototype stage but already creating huge interest. It has a modular pack design which means the electric pack can be moved from one machine to others in the Merlo stable. The Italian manufacturer has switched to Lithium-ion batteries for this larger machine giving it more output and productivity. It has a lift capacity of 4.3 tonnes up to 7m high.

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