Future production at Claas’ Le Mans plant will allow the completion of 60 units a day, pushing the annual capacity from the current 10,000, up to more than 13,000 units.

After giving the go-ahead for a major investment at its Le Mans plant back in 2017, Claas recently showcased its €40 million spend.

Linda Bulk, general manager at Aeronavics Ltd, says the company is currently working on technology to support agriculture, centred around time saving, soil and water management.

Drones have become increasingly popular in agriculture and horticulture over the last decade, whether taking aerial photographs of a property, checking water lines or in some cases even mustering stock. Machinery editor Mark Daniel takes a closer look at the developments in this area...

The Major Swift Roller Mower is designed for fine turf applications including parklands, sports grounds and roadway maintenance, engineered to deliver a superior finish.

New Plymouth-based AgriQuip has been appointed as the exclusive importer and distributor of the Major Equipment brand, with the aim of distributing a selection of products from the company’s range of grasscutting equipment.

 
FIL head office in Mt Maunganui.

Made in New Zealand is a feature that looks at the wealth of design and manufacturing ability we have in New Zealand, making productive and cost-effective products for the agricultural sector. This week we take a closer look at FIL, catching up with GEA Farm Technologies NZ chief executive officer, Campbell Parker.

The before (right) and after (left) shots of the horse paddock after Lady Muck has done its magic.

As anyone will attest to – if they’re married to someone with horses, have kids with ponies or are foolish enough to own these animals themselves – a big downside is the large, regular mess they leave behind.

 
Kleer Contracting’s Kenneth Davidson with the KT447 Kramer telehandler

Hastings-based Kleer Contractors provides 24-hour machine work and labour for a local food processing plant.

Manawatu dairy farmers Wendy and Richard Ridd with their Massey Ferguson 6713S.

Manawatu dairy farmers Wendy and Richard Ridd consider the environment extensively when making decisions on their farm that runs to 260 hectares, with a milking platform of 196 cows.

CLAAS Disco model line up.

The Claas Harvest Centre display at Mystery Creek will include the public debut of the all-new CLAAS Disco 10 series side-mounted rear mowers.

The popular electronic road user charge management system will be on display at the Fieldays.

Asset management, remote worker safety, and Electronic Road User Charges are all fleet and location-based technologies that improve operations in the agricultural industry.

Kubota New Zealand is gearing up for the annual NZ National Fieldays, showcasing its new RTV520, M5-1 ROPS, and M7-2 models.

Alliance, a part of Yokohama Off-Highway Tyres, has introduced a new tyre, especially designed for pivot irrigation systems.

Aimed at the contractor market, or at end users who demand a top-quality machine to achieve low operating costs, the Bunning Lowlander GT4 muck spreaders, imported into the North Island by Hamilton-based Ag and Civil Limited, fits the bill.

Scheduled to hit New Zealand’s shores in time for the next spring campaign, the new MY2021 Stage V Puma Series from Case IH will see its first major cosmetic change in more than a decade.

Although the New Zealand release of several new tractor product lines have had to be pushed back to later in the year because of shipping delays, a wide range of Deutz-Fahr tractors will still be on site at Fieldays.

Originally released in 2018, the Grimme EVO 280 two-row bunker harvester – featuring three large separators and an intake for crops, such as potatoes, onions and carrots – is getting a major upgrade.

The Kverneland 4m U-Drill’s efficiency is driven by its ability to perform multiple tasks in a single pass, ensuring perfect seed to soil contact for faster germination, says John Chapman, Power Farming’s cultivation specialist.

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