Lely Exos, an autonomous concept for harvesting and feeding fresh grass to the herd.

Dutch robotic specialist Lely launched a new farm management application called Horizon at its recent Future Farm Days 2020.

Designed to connect data from a range of on-farm equipment and suppliers into one management system, it creates a real-time decision-support platform, to make the farmer’s life easier, the herd healthier and the farm more profitable, says Lely.

Developed over a 24-month period, with over 100 test farmers in seven countries, working with 75 engineers, designers, farm management advisors, veterinarians and AI specialists, the new application will eventually replace the current Lely T4C management system. It uses smart algorithms and the cloud to deliver data that is processed into actionable information that is always accessible on any device in a user-friendly way.

Lely claims the Horizon application unburdens farmers from routine decision making and helps them optimise their workloads, using integrated routines based on easily scheduled cow ‘touches’, create logical and more efficient workflows. It is also possible to assign a certain task to an employee and to schedule a time slot for the cow touch, rather than analysing different reports and filtering long lists.

Horizon is also able to connect and combine data from non-Lely sources into a complete solution for the farmer removing the need to enter the same data twice, while scrutinising individual data streams in different applications will no longer be necessary. Currently, connections with farming applications such as Dairy Comp, Uniform-Agri, CRV and Herde already enable farmers to synchronise information about calving and inseminations between applications. Lely’s ambition is to connect with more partners over time, to hand the farmer more smart data.

To ensure full support in the migration to Lely Horizon, existing Lely T4C customers will be personally informed by their Lely Center before the end of 2020.

The migration is planned in a phased approach, from country to country, over the year 2021.

Also launched at the event, Lely Exos is an autonomous concept for harvesting and feeding fresh grass to the herd.

The company suggests that feeding fresh grass makes better use of available roughage, suggesting “fresh” has between 10 and 20% more nutritional value than grass silage, as there are minimal losses typically seen during mowing, tedding, raking, harvesting and feeding.

Lely suggests that feeding fresh grass over an extended season reduces the amount of silage that has to be conserved, reduces the need for concentrates and bought-in feed and increase the margin made on each litre of milk produced.

Based around an all-electric vehicle that mows and feeds, Exos is light weight and uses soil friendly technology, that can be exploited throughout the growing season. Design to work 24/7 as feed requirements change, the system places no constraints on labour or time, while it is also designed to work in tandem with the Lely Vector automatic feeding systems.

In operation, Exos also collects field data as it goes about its job, giving framers live data on grass supply and lending itself to a further concept of delivering a targeted liquid fertiliser as it passes over a harvested area.

The tractor-based system allows for the effective control of unwanted vegetation.

WIith an increasing focus on reducing chemical herbicides, largely because of crop resistance and a potential build-up of residues, new methods of weed control are appearing.

Pöttinger has expanded its range of Aerosem pneumatic seed drills, with the addition of 4 metre and 5 metre folding version units with a front hopper.

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The new V8 baler can pack up to 30% more crop into a 1.9m bale than can be achieved in a current 1.68m, V6 engine.

Following three years of testing with clients worldwide, Ireland-based manufacturer McHale has added a bigger model to its range of variable-chamber round balers with the new V8 series. 

 
The arrival of the Hi-Spec mixer has allowed the farm to extend production.

Coolbreene Trust near Taupo is a large-scale dairy operation farming 1150ha, including run-off blocks, within a 10km radius of its home base.

 
More colour to light range

Originally available with amber lenses only, Narva’s Geomax’ Heavy Duty LED Strobe Beacon light range has been upgraded with the addition of amber/clear, blue and green options.

Plasback says it will use state funding to buy new waste compacting balers.

Having declared in July that all farm plastics sold in New Zealand will have to be recycled or reused, the Ministry for the Environment has made two major grants to help this policy become a reality.

Hanzon’s web-based app allows new entrants and established workers to create a real-time work experience log in a simple and straightforward manner.

With a 12-year history of recruiting specialised operators from overseas to service the agricultural contracting industry, Hanzon Jobs typically brings in around 200 people to New Zealand each year from the UK and Ireland.

TAMA president Kyle Baxter says despite sales volumes being down members remain confident.

New Zealand's agricultural equipment sector remains in a positive mood, according to the Tractor and Machinery Association (TAMA), which represents the sector in manufacturing, retailing and distribution. 

Due to the busy nature of activity undertaken in and around shearing sheds, the opportunity for an accident to happen is high.

With safety at the forefront of all farm activity, there is no better time than now to assess the safety in your shearing shed.

A Kubota RTV-X1140, the highest horsepower RTV in its class, has been tried and tested by Taranaki farmer Kevin (Smiley) Barrett – who also happens to be the father of three well-known All Blacks.

Austrian manufacturer Pottinger has added the NOVACAT 402 ED to its range, claiming that with a working width of 3.88 metres, it is the biggest rear-mounted mower with conditioner on the market.

CLAAS has extended the versatility, productivity and user comfort of its CARGOS dual purpose transport wagons with the addition of new steering options, increased capacity and an ISOBUS terminal.

CLAAS has announced it will introduce a new automatic tyre inflation system across its AXION and ARION series of tractors.

Contractors and farmers on the lookout to mow and condition at higher speeds, while producing better quality hay and forage, will welcome the launch of John Deere’s new R310R Mower Conditioner (MoCo).

Farm machinery brand Fendt has expanded into the harvester market in Australia and New Zealand, with is Ideal combine harvester.

In a move that appears to have been repeated by many equipment manufacturers, Kuhn confirms it currently working on several autonomous solutions – particularly in the area of feeding.

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