It has been an exciting year of machinery launches and events. This week I look back at the highlights of the first six months in the machinery and equipment world as reported on these pages.
January was dominated by the LAMMA event which took place on the 20th and 21st of January 2016 in England.
Two big competitors were on display with the John Deere 9RX four track tractor and Case IH Quadtrac. 2016 was the 20th anniversary of the first Quadtrac.
New Holland showcased the CX8.80 combine harvester and FR Forage Cruiser 650 which were both launched at Agritechnica two months before. It was the first chance for many farmers also to view the new T7.315 Heavy Duty Tractor.
The McCormick X7 Series were introduced with its easy to use continuously variable ‘CVT’ or ‘vario’ transmission.
Herdwatch were shortlisted for an Innovation Award and their UK version of their app was launched at the event.
The Irish were further represented by McHale Engineering with the new ProGlibe mower range.
Carlow’s Hi-Spec Engineering showcased their Kompactor ‘compaction/push-off’ trailer range.
Kverneland were celebrating after they won the LAMMA 2016 Best New Product or Innovation Award for their revolutionary i-Plough.
In February we featured NC Engineering launching an all new NC Grain Trailer.
One of the key advantages with this redesigned trailer is the overall weight. It is up to a ton lighter than the previous equivalent model.
We also introduced Volvo Construction Equipment’s two new compact loaders that would appeal to farm buyers.
With a new Volvo D4J Tier 4 Final engine — both the L45H and L50H boast a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency versus previous models.
Massey Ferguson also launched two new tractors in the MF 5700 Global Series — the 100hp, MF 5710 and 110hp, MF 5711. They join the 75hp to 95hp MF 4700 Series Global tractors, launched in 2015.
February is the time of year for the Q8 Oil Spring Farm Machinery Events at venues all over the island of Ireland.
Malone Farm Machinery from Mayo showcased the new Pro-Air 570 at these shows. This model is the 5.7 metre, 4 rotor Tedder.
There is also a 6 rotor 8.4 metre working width available in the range. The range was launched at the 2015 Ploughing.
Early March saw Kuhn Farm Machinery introduce a new version of its round baler-wrapper combination machine, the i-Bio+.
One of the main features in the new machine is a new and patented twin film-on-film wrapping system that offers reduced wrapping costs and easier plastic recycling.
DeLaval launched the world’s first automated body condition score (BCS) system for cows.
The system is based on a 3D camera fixed on a gate. The image is converted into an accurate body condition score.
Zetor tractors announce a special logo commemorating their 70th anniversary.
The first Zetor tractors were produced in 1946 and in 2016 the brand celebrates 70 years in production.
Brian Murnane Plant Hire and Sales were announced as the new exclusive distributor in all of Ireland for a novel bulk bag dispenser.
The Bulk Bag Dispenser provides a clean puncture of the bulk bag. It then attaches securely to the bag and once the bag is placed over the spreader or sower, simply open a lever to empty.
April revealed New Holland’s sleek new tractor family styling with the launch of the new T6 all-purpose tractor series. The T6.175 AutoCommand model at the top of the range features a 175hp four-cylinder engine.
The new T6 complies with Stage IVB emissions standards with New Holland’s ECOBlue Hi-eSCR technology.
JCB passed a major milestone in April, the 200,000th Loadall was produced.
The first JCB Loadall was produced at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire, on October 3rd, 1977.
Claas announced the addition of the widest mounted mower on the market ahead of silage season. The Disco 1100C Business has a maximum working width of 10.3 metres.
The two rear mower units on the Disco 1100C Business are mounted on telescopic arms that allow the working width to be altered from 9.4 metres up to the maximum.
Grass and Muck 2016 was held in the beginning of May.
It coincided with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland’s €50 million fund announcement for farmers and farm contractors to buy or lease new farm machinery.
One of the show highlights was the John Deere 8800i. No less than 845hp in the top of the range model of their new harvester series.
Joskin launched a farm sized muck spreader, the new S4008/8V in May. It has the same running gear and body length of the S4010/9V but its body height was lowered by 24 cm to reach 85 cm.
SlurryKat, developed a new pump safety system to eliminate the problem of the pipe bursting once an operator stops the flow of manure.
The new system is controlled in the tractor cab by the operator using a control box with digital display.
Blaney Motor Company launched two new wheel loader concepts on its stand at Balmoral Show, also in May.
The first concept — which is called TH1 15-48 — was a compact telehandler with a lifting capacity of 1.5 tonnes and a reach of 4.8m.
The second concept was the L1 10-27 which is a compact wheel loader with a lifting capacity of one tonne and a reach of 2.7m.
McCormick’s X7 Pro Drive tractors announced an upgrade in June. See main image.
The tractors come with gear pump hydraulics and a new front axle suspension design on four-cylinder models, mechanical spool valves, a different lighting package and a new side-mounted console housing all the major controls.
Cereals 2016, the technical even for the arable sector based in Cambridgeshire in England, saw some UK and Ireland product launches.
John Deere’s new R4050i self-propelled sprayer made its UK & Ireland show debut.
Case IH used the event to introduce a number of new features for its flagship Quadtrac four-tracked tractors.
KUHN Farm Machinery officially launched a new 3,000 litre crop sprayer, the LEXIS 3000, at the event also.
Massey Ferguson showcased the tracked version of its MF Delta 9380 combine harvester, the first time seen in the UK or Ireland also.
Vicon entered the self propelled sprayer market with demonstrations of the iXdrive self-propelled field sprayer.
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