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Lamma 2014 Review

The Lamma Show’s new location at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, proved a success despite wet weather the week before and during the event turning some areas of the grass car parks as well as some trade stands into a quagmire

Lamma 2014 – Wet and muddy, but popular Above: The showground on day two picture courtesy of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire air ambulance crew.The Lamma Shows new location at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, proved a success despite wet weather the week before and during the event turning some areas of the grass car parks as well as some trade stands into a quagmire. Record attendance and a record number of trade stands meant the local transport infrastructure struggled at times but overall, apart from a few teething problems resulting from the change of venue, it couldnt have gone much better commented show director Cliff Preston. Lamma show director Cliff Preston.We estimate that 45,000 people attended travelling in 18,000 cars, and considering there were several road accidents in the area which had nothing to do with the show, but which added to the pressure on the local road system, everything went very well. Attendance was 1520 per cent above that which we experienced at the previous venue which was very pleasing. As at previous events a collection was taken for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire air ambulance this year raising 7,500.  One of the attractions of the Lamma Show is free admission and rumours that visitors would have to pay to enter the showground for the 2015 event were soundly discounted by Cliff; I can confirm that the Lamma Show will be back here at the same location, that no admission charge will be made and that parking will again be free, he said.  A new weigher was displayed on the Tong Peal stand. Designed to weigh batches between 525kg ready for packing or bagging it can handle up to 14t/hr. A novel feature is the two-stage design which means it weighs out the required amount into a box and then discharges it onto a conveyor for loading into sacks. Because it regulates the feed the flow is smoother and provides improved throughput and the reduced drop height and more even bag filling means gentler handling. An electronic display is provided for setting up and monitoring, and the model replaces previous versions. McHale officially launched its Fusion 3 Plus baler wrapper which is equipped with new film-on-film technology to apply plastic film to the outside of the bale rather than traditional net. It is for silage and haylage production as the film holds, seals and protects the crop resulting in high quality feed, explained McHale UK sales manager Kieran Hughes. Typically, users apply four turns of plastic film to the barrel of bale in the chamber, and then four layers of traditional wrap on the rear wrapper so the bale is completely sealed. We are responding directly to customer demand as farmers are keen to reduce the need for expensive supplements by feeding better quality grass with a higher nutritional value. Available now, the Fusion 3 Plus can also apply net if the machine is being used for baling hay or straw. Film-on-film technology is priced at 5,500 above a standard Fusion baler and Kieran said there had been significant interest in the system at Lamma. New Hollands Basildon manufacturing plant celebrates 50 years building tractors in 2014 and special edition tractors, available to order between their launch at the show and 31st December have been created to celebrate the milestone, with a special paint finish, deep pile cab carpets, leather steering wheel and seat, and commemorative decals. Two models are available in the special finish; T6-160 and T7-270. Since the first tractors rolled off the line on 15th May 1964 a further 1.6m have been produced to date. We expect the UK market to lead demand for the special editions, said New Holland managing director Andrew Watson who is pictured at the unveiling of the tractors. These premium tractors will appeal to North American buyers too, and we expect demand from Germany, Italy, France and Spain as well with some tractors expected to be purchased for collections. A return to the Bomford cultivation product line-up for the Dyna-Drive after more than a decades absence was welcomed by visitors to the companys stand commented Bomford area sales manager for Scotland, Ashley Anson, who is pictured with the latest version. A lot of customers are saying they had one when we last had the model in production, most used for pre-drilling cultivations following the plough, and many of these are now due for replacement, he said.  Displayed for the first time by Richard Western was a new version of the Delilah spreader with a body tapered front to back and a wider top section for easier loading. An uprated drive system is also provided and models include the 2095 with 9.5t capacity and the 2150 with 15t capacity. Also shown was a grain chaser wagon (above)to suit a controlled-traffic farming system built by the company for a farmer in East Anglia. In use during the 2013 harvest, a double conveyor is used to allow the tractor and trailer to remain in the designated wheeling zone. The farm is on 24m tramlines, explained Richard Western marketing manager Mike Murray. Usually the trailer will have to run closer to the combine during unloading which means the wheels run outside of the tramlines but, by using the hydraulic-driven conveyors to close the distance between the trailer and the combines unloading spout, the trailer can run in the correct zone. It was very successful and we are now offering it as an option on our GR chaser range. Plot Feeds supplies new and used grain and seed processing and storage equipment and the companys Robin Mumby (left) and Roy Edwards are pictured with a range of the products offered. The company imports a separator which sorts seeds by weight rather than size, allowing sorting for qualities such as vigour or Hagberg, and damaged or diseased seeds are easily excluded. Versions capable of sorting up to 150t/hr are available from the dealer. A new name at the show was Struik, the brand being imported by Burdens which has recently become the sole importer. Struik is a family business manufacturing potato and leek machinery, explained Burdens Group sales director Shaun Taylor. The range complements our infield machinery products available through our Goodacres business. Pictured is the 3.8m ridger which is available in inter-row or full width working versions. Price has not yet been confirmed. New products on the Spaldings stand included a mounted ATV sprayer, available in 55- and 95-litre capacities and with applicator options including booms and boom-less nozzles spraying up to 7m. Spaldings marketing manager Laura Pearson who is pictured with the new sprayer said it is just one of approximately 1,000 new products being added to the range this year. The Power Dolly manufactured by Bye Engineering allows articulated lorry trailers to be moved behind a tractor in the field. PTO-powered, the wheel-driven dolly requires approximately 150hp and a control box carried in the tractor cab is used to select between 12 forward and 6 reverse gears. Diff locks and 4wd can be engaged when required. Large 550/60-22.5 flotation tyres provide grip and reduce ground pressure and director James Bye (right) explained that many operators select the appropriate speed on the dolly, using it to push the tractor and only use both the tractor and dolly drives in very slippery conditions. More than 25 units are operating on farms in the UK and the cost is 26,500. A hydraulic-driven on-board compressor for tractors without an air supply is a popular extra at 1,500. James is pictured with managing director Trevor Bye. Considerably larger than any previous versions, a new shear grab was being shown for the first time on the Albutt stand. With an overall width of 2.5m and 2.5m3 capacity the grab has hardox tines and is expected to appeal to those needing a high capacity grab for AD plant use. The company said it had introduced the new grab in response to demand for greater capacities and the Shear King, priced at approximately 6,500 is available now. The ISA65 indirect oil-fired heater was a new product on the Thermobile stand. It provides high air flow and good distribution of heat and is expected to appeal mainly for horticultural use, explained Thermobile general manager Andy Wallis. It is also suitable for situations such as heating workshops and for crop drying, he added. Fuel can be diesel or kerosene, the output is 65kW and Andy said its design results in 92 per cent efficiency. Another new name was Alpego UK. Included in its wide range of products are power harrows up to 8.0m for tractors up to 550hp, drills up to 8.0m, tine cultivators and subsoilers up to 5.0m, and flails up to 3.2m. Alpego UK is currently setting up a UK dealer network with five appointed prior to the show in Scotland, Cornwall, Wales and Lincolnshire. The products have received an overwhelming response from customers at Lamma, with several orders taken over the two days, said UK sales manager Warren Rivers-Scott. With much of what was on the stand already sold prior to the show, the brand is proving attractive and customers like the reassurance of the standard three-year drivetrain warranty included on all machines. Appearing in public for the first time in the UK was the new Honda TRX420. Updates include a new chassis, new body panels which greatly reduce the amount of mud thrown up, improved suspension and larger ground clearance. Access for maintenance is improved and the front drive shaft covers are made from more durable material increasing resistance to cuts and tears. Tom Taylor of Yorkshire-based Taylor ATVs is pictured, and was one of several dealers helping on the stand. The improvements in design and build will be very popular with my customers, he said, as they improve performance, increase reliability and reduce downtime, and especially as the price is the same as for the previous models. Muck spreader manufacturer Agri-hire launched a four-year manufacturers warranty on all its new spreaders, extended from the previous two. It reflects the faith we have in our products, said managing director Tim Hubert. We build them to put up with hard work from contractors and farmers and they are all over-engineered. As well as being busy with spreader sales and hire we have had a record year with Dowdeswell ploughs and plough parts too. Customers like the British-built products and the service we provide. A solar-powered lay-down weeder, manufactured by de Jongh, was on display on UK importer Standen Reflexs stand. Equipped with a self-steering system controlled by feelers which run along the wheelings, it has rear caster wheels and is steered by variation in power provided to the two drive wheels. Built-in batteries provide back-up power but are said to need no extra charging as the six solar panels easily provide all the electrical power required. Options include a petrol engine-powered generator to power the wheels, although Standen Reflex salad and vegetable machinery sales manager Geoff Wright pictured (left) with Plantsystems Europe product manager Rob Tolenaars said there is considerable interest in the solar-powered version from organic farmers. Movement between fields is by tractor three-point linkage. Bentall Rowlands technical sales manager Nick Carter is pictured (left) with technical director Kevin Groom. A new square bin, which allows maximum use to be made of available storage space, was on show. Typical sizes are 24m but any size can be manufactured and supplied. Thicker panels are required than for traditional round bins which means there is a slight price premium and versions with a flat internal profile for use with crops where bridging is likely are an option. The modular design means the bins can share common walls and the bins will be available as a stand-alone product from the company. High performance tyres from Apollo Vredestein were displayed for the first time in the UK. On a Fendt 724 tractor they generated a lot of interest and Vredestein agricultural tyre specialist Ed Lonergan reported taking orders for several sets at the show. On the rear were 710/75R38 and on the front 600/70R28 in the new Traxion XXL design. The rear tyres have a higher load capacity and can run at lower pressures than 710/70R42 and their performance is very attractive, particularly for tractors such as the Fendt 700 models and the New Holland T7 tractors, he added.  One of the larger exhibits at the show was the Versatile 500DT with a price tag of just over 200,000. James Hunt, director of importer JPM Agriculture is pictured on the companys stand and he explained that the business will concentrate on tracked models from the Versatile range which he says are ideal for UK farms. It is a simple design; the Caterpillar transmission and Cummins engine are well-respected and appeal to users, and we have taken our first order for a machine for a farm in Lincolnshire, to replace a rubber-tracked crawler of another brand. We also represent McCormick, McHale, Teagle and Pottinger and the Versatile tractors provide a great opportunity for us. It was the first showing in the UK for the Case IH Farmlift telescopic handler. The 742 model pictured is one of a range of six machines, and it has a 143hp power unit and its powershift transmission provides a maximum 40kph travel speed. Maximum lift height is 7m, maximum lift capacity is 4.2t, and a variable displacement pump provides hydraulic oil flow rates up to 140litres/min. Househam reported considerable interest in its lightweight Spirit self-propelled sprayer. It is a full-sized serious sprayer with 3,000-litre tank and 24m booms, but weighs in at only 5,800kg dry weight, said Househam Sprayers sales director Gordon Cummings. The wet weather has meant farmers are keen to have machinery which can operate in a wider range of conditions and since we started deliveries in spring 2013, the Spirit has proved popular in the UK and abroad. It is attractively priced too at 89,750 and as a no-frills simple machine it is selling well. The company also reported much interest in its new Merlin range which, following its launch in 2012, has become a favourite with users, explained Gordon. Househam was also exhibiting a new sprayer control system; TMC version 3, which incorporates GPS steering, section control and all mechanical set-up functions in one screen. Househam staff on the companys stand are pictured (l-r) managing director Robert Willey; export director Jim Dickinson; UK sales manager Nigel Greaves; northern region sales manager Barry Harness; engineering director Andrew Keen; export sales manager Andrei Bontari; Gordon Cummings; pre-owned machinery manager Kevin Calcagnile and central region sales manager Chris Potter. The Sulky Econov spreader was launched at Cereals last year but was one of the main attractions on UK importer Recos display stand. Limited numbers were working last autumn but now the spreader is in full production and available to order, said Reco sales and marketing manager Patrick Desmond. The new shut-off feature is just what we needed in the range and it operates through three sections on each side. The spreader is unique in that material spreads in a curve from the centre of the spreader to the centre of the spread pattern and this means there is precise shut-off for operating up to headlands or for application to odd-shaped areas, and savings available through the system are up to 15 per cent in terms of fertiliser applied. Econov spreaders are supplied Isobus-ready and the Isobus link will be available as an option from early this summer. Another new feature promoted at the show was RTS (Ready to Spread). This allows users to enter spreader and fertiliser details on the Sulky website together with application rate required and spread width, and spreader settings can then be downloaded and transferred to the spreader control via SD card.  Lamma was the first public appearance for the CS150XL Combi-Star de-stoner, which the company said complements the other three models in its range. The new machine features an extended second web; 500mm longer than that of the standard model and which provides an additional 0.75m2 sieving area. The web can also be elevated to a steeper angle for more aggressive operation. The standard CS150 remains available but Grimme group sales manager Andrew Starbuck, who is pictured with the machine, said that the XL version will appeal to those looking for higher outputs with up to 15 per cent extra available over the standard machine. Only available as a Combi-Star version it features seven rows of stars and then the web and price is from approximately 62,000.  Grimme Asa-Lift sales manager Ed Hodson is pictured with the new Asa-Lift top-lifter which is available this year following trials with a development version during the 2013 season. Designed for use primarily with carrots and red beet the new lifter uses rubber blocks to tension the belt rollers rather than individual springs which was the system used previously. Tension of all rollers is adjusted through one adjuster arm and the belt tension can be released in seconds, reducing time needed for maintenance and making it easier to slacken the belt for storage. The new lifter can be retro-fitted to models sold in recent years and will be standard on all new machines. Sumos stand received a steady stream of visitors throughout both days and the company reported considerable interest in all its products. The new LDS Low Disturbance Subsoiler was displayed for the first time and has been developed in response to demand for a soil loosening system compatible with direct-drilled or zero-till cultivation regimes where compaction is an issue. The 3m grassland subsoiler was developed to loosen subsoil while leaving the grass surface as level as possible and its performance had attracted arable farmers too, who used it to establish oilseed rape. As a result we have increased the range of operating widths to include wider 4- and 5m versions, the two larger models folding for transport and we are offering a range of different packers and leg options, explained Sumo drill specialist Marcus Ainley. There has been considerable interest, particularly from those with black-grass problems as it leaves the area between the rows undisturbed, he added. Marcus is pictured with Sumo marketing manager Rachael Walshaw.  Zetor sales and marketing manager Maros Karabinos is pictured on the companys stand with the Zetor Major 80 which he said has been one of the most popular models in the range during the past year. We have seen strong demand for the Proxima Plus as well and our first tractor with powershift; the Proxima Power has been well accepted too. The Major 80 was fitted with a Zetor loader and Markos explained that ALO has recently been appointed as the exclusive loader supplier to the tractor manufacturer. Other news from Zetor at the show included the addition of a new range of accessories and implements to be retailed through Zetor UK. Manufactured by Metal-fach the offering includes muck spreaders, balers and wrappers. We sold a few units last year to see how they performed, and following excellent results we will be offering the products through Zetor and its dealer network, said Maros. Derbyshire-based Hallmark Power supplies and installs power producing systems including solar panels, anaerobic digester plants and wind turbines throughout the UK. Most enquiries at the show have been for AD plants, commented sales specialist Phil Greaves who is pictured on the companys stand. We have a strong agricultural background so farmers trust us to work with them and our AD plants are aimed generally at the agricultural market, and are typically up to 500kW output. This size is viable for average-sized farms and the amount of feedstock available, but we design our plants around the individual land and herd sizes. Wind turbines also remain a popular investment and users are delighted with their performance, he added. Cultivating Solutions displayed three new products. Attracting considerable interest was the rotary scraper for packer rollers. When mud builds up on the roller, the effect is similar to applying a brake and a stubble cultivator with blocked scrapers requires 1015 per cent more power to pull it, explained managing director Richard Scholes (above). Users worry about the amount of fuel used to pull different leg designs through the ground but dont often think about the roller. Also, when conditions are wet the cultivator can often perform its task but it is the packer roller that becomes the limiting factor. Richards rotary scraper uses polyurethane stars, mounted on a hydraulic motor-powered rotating shaft which keeps the roller clean. This means there is never a fixed point of contact, he said. The unit on show was a pre-production example which will be used on Richards own farm for testing during the coming year and, depending on the level of interest, the scraper might be developed for additional machines. Soyl agricultural development manager David Whattoff was explaining the benefits of the automatic depth control system the company has developed, and which was being shown on the Cultivating Solutions stand. We developed the depth control system approximately 18 months ago and Cultivating Solutions is the first company we have worked with using the device, he explained. An angle sensor measures the rotation of a pivot shaft; part of the parallel linkage depth control system for the loosening legs and, using soil compaction or soil depth variation maps the system automatically adjusts the cultivating depth as the field is cultivated. The price of the Soyl automatic depth control system is 6,000. Bale Baron UK is the UK importer for Belgian-manufactured Inagra bale wrappers and the company supplied five during 2013; four mobile and one static version. The unit on display was sold to an Essex contractor. The wrapper is designed for conventional rectangular bales which it picks up from the field for wrapping with 360 or 500 film, and it will accumulate up to three bales for ease of clearing. The price is 27,250. Bale Baron UK director Nick Scrase is pictured with Inagra owner Kristof Van-Bruwaene and the wrapper, which they reported was creating considerable interest. A new front tank designed for use with the Sirius 10 rear-mounted sprayer was shown for the first time by Lemken. The Gemini tank is available in two versions; the 5, for clean water use only, and the 7 which incorporates an agitation system which allows it to take chemical too. Capacity is 1,000 litres which provides either 2,000 or 3,000 litres total capacity depending on the model of rear sprayer used. Modern larger tractors can carry more weight and we have seen increased demand for front and rear combination units in place of trailer systems as they offer reduced wheelings and crop damage, said Lemken UK general manager Mark Ormond. The Sirius can be equipped with booms up to 30m and we expect the combination to prove popular. The new tank will be available from mid-summer and the price is yet to be confirmed, he added. Mark is pictured (left) with Lemken export manager responsible for the UK and Ireland, Niels Veltmann. A new agitator for those using sand-based bedding systems is now an option offered by HiSpec for all its slurry tankers. Using hydraulic motor drive the impeller shaft keeps sand in suspension ensuring even distribution during emptying. The cost is approximately 2,600. Demand for better quality tyres for better wear characteristics on road and improved flotation in the field has resulted in the addition of Trelleborg 750/60R30.5 tyres being available as an upgrade at a cost of approximately 2,000.  Kverneland demonstrated new software including its IsoMatch simulator which allows users to practise setting up and using the control screen on a conventional computer. Users can practise on their own or they can work with a dealer by phone going through the settings together, explained product manager Graham Owen. Technical information is also provided as are operator and service manuals on-line. The simulator covers products such as spreaders, balers, and precision drills and can be downloaded free of charge. An update to precision drill control software allows the system to recognise tramlines, switching off the seeding mechanism when they are crossed and another new development was the AutosetApp for the Isomatch Tellus which allows the operator to automatically set up fertiliser spreaders including CLEW, TL and TL-GEO models. The operator has only to enter the spread width, material being spread and speed on the screen and the settings are made on the spreader automatically.  The Excel 1250 rear discharge spreader has also been improved with marine chains used for the bed conveyor replacing the previous hook type. Bigger flail hammers have been added for higher output. The new rear hood is made from Hardox steel for added resistance to wear. The combined disc and flail spreading system is standard and with 12t cap


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