It can be argued that grass is the most important natural resource on the planet in terms of sustaining its population, so the continued development of machines designed to optimise its production is crucial.
Fendt has been at the forefront of this quest, as its range of machines on display at ScotGrass endorse. Here’s a taste of what show-goers can expect to find.
In order of field procedure, we start with the Fendt Slicer mower/conditioners, represented at the event by the 3060 front-mounted and 3670 rear-mounted models. The patented TurboLift system and centre suspension on the rear-mounted machine combine to provide a floating cut, while protecting the sward and forage quality.
Then there’s the Fendt Twister 7706, a six-rotor tedder (also available in four- and eight-rotor format) that can be partnered by tractors of 30hp upwards. Extremely compact in the raised position, the Twister is just as effective when operating on slopes, thanks to synchronised rotor lifting. And when time is tight, there’s the option of a night swathing gearbox that slows down the rotor speed.
With operating widths of up to 14m, the Fendt Former hay rake has a myMemory function that allows previously selected settings – raking height, operating width and swath width, for example – to be engaged with the touch of a button on the Varioterminal, saving time between jobs. Transport height is less than 4m, without having to remove tine arms.
Moving on to the balers, two examples of the Fendt Rotana model will be present at Crichton Hall Farm – the 130 fixed chamber and the 160V-Combi variable chamber versions.
Representing a new generation of round balers, these machines are built to last, having been designed to ensure wear and tear are kept to an absolute minimum. All models have a freewheel sprocket that has the ability to rotate a full 360 degrees – this means that if the baling process becomes jammed suddenly, the sprocket continues to spin, allowing the bale to slow down and run out.