Is Zetor staging a comeback?

The Zetor tractor is not a common sight on New Zealand’s farms, but Dairy News suspects there may still be a few out there earning their keep. 

 
Lemken buys an eye to the future

The German cultivation and seeding specialist Lemken has bought the Dutch company Skeketee – part of its plan to promote mechanical weeding, given the pressure growing on the use of weedkillers.

Strainrite outrigger.

The problem of Mycoplasma bovis points up the need for better farm biosecurity measures, helped admirably by Strainrite Fencing Systems’ new M-Stop 1 metre outrigger system.

 
Multi-one in action.

Jacks Machinery of Whakatane, a retailer of tractors and machinery since 1970, is New Zealand distributor of an interesting range of mini-handlers from Italy.

Massey Ferguson’s RB variable baler.

With AGCO buying the grassland division of Lely in 2017, it was a sure bet Massey Ferguson would launch a new round baler range taking the best from the Welger stable and building on MF’s long history in such products.

 
The Claas Disco mower in action.

A Claas Disco 1100 RC, billed as the largest tractor-mounted mower-conditioner on the market, has shattered the world record for mowing, knocking over 141ha of lucerne in just eight hours.

TAMA president John Tulloch.

The world's tractor market looked healthy in 2017, with 2.1 million sales – up about 13% on the 2016 total of 1.9 million units.

Thermal imaging possible

If you were loaned a $1099 mobile phone to review, would you test its maker’s claims that it was drop-proof to 1.8m and waterproof at depths up to 5m?

The NZQA-accredited course trains workers to operate LUVs safely.

Quads and light utility vehicles (LUV) get a bad rap because operators’ poor skills and riding judgement cause crashes. Quality training can reduce such incidents.

Plastic may be fantastic

Ploughing may be traceable back to the dawn of time, but the first real references date to the early 12thcentury in Europe. 

Graeme Savill's Valtra T174 has made a difference to his Bay of Plenty forestry contracting business since arriving in January and is handy on his dairy farm.

Massey Ferguson has launched three tractors in its new MF 6700 Global Series, soon to arrive in the Australian and New Zealand markets. 

Well known in Europe and the UK, Welsh trailer manufacturer Ifor Williams, is also building a reputation in New Zealand with distributors in both islands.

Following the success of the Kuhn Cultimer L with three rows of tines, the company has launched the Cultimer M 300 for tractors of 75 to 135hp. 

With a history that dates back 75 years to its formation, and 20 years since it introduced its first quad, the Canadian company BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) knows off-road vehicles. 

The UTV is a workhorse on many rural properties, but the asking prices -- $15,000 to $30,000 -- cause some farmers to baulk. So imported Japanese micro-trucks or conversions of more mainstream vehicles are gaining ground.

 

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