Increasing daily bale output was a priority for Davidson Contracting and the key reason for the firm’s upgrading its NH BR 6090 baler to a New Holland RB125C combi at the start of last season.
Claas has unveiled its two-model Variant 400 series round balers, due for release in New Zealand and Australia in 2017.
French machinery giant Kuhn bought the Vicon baler business and its factory in Geldrop, Holland, in late 2008 and has continued to develop the product ranges, now offering a choice of up to 16 variable chamber machines.
The Kuhn Bio integrated baler and wrapper has been around for some years, gathering a loyal band of users.
The 80-100hp tractor continues to be the workhorse in NZ, especially on dairy farms, and the picture is the same in the world's markets.
Wrapped round bales make life easier during feeding out, but they present the problem of plastic waste needing to be separated from net wrap.
Grassland and cultivation specialist Pottinger claims a first for its new range of round balers, achieving chop quality usually associated with loader wagons.
New Holland clearly knows how to produce variable chamber balers: it has at least 235,000 machines worldwide.
It used to be said 'roller balers for grass and belt balers for straw', but advances in design over the last decade mean that either seems capable of dealing with all crops.