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The Best of Scottish Farming – Royal Highland Show

Celebrating its 179th year, The Royal Highland Show takes place in Edinburgh on the 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd June and is one of Scotland’s most iconic events, showcasing the very best of Scotland’s livestock, machinery, food and rural life, says organiser the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

The four-day event involves over 1,000 trade exhibitors, 2,150 livestock competitors with over 6,500 animals, as well as many other attractions from forestry to food.

The ‘Grand Parade’ is hugely popular at the Show, says RHASS, and the Grandstand fills up quickly in the afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Prize-winning cattle are paraded across the Main Ring headed-up by stock persons carrying display boards that bear the names of the breeds they are leading.

This is a very rare opportunity to see so many different breeds at one time, adds RHASS.

The 2019 Technical Innovation Awards will be presented at the Show. They encourage and recognise innovation in the design and manufacture of machines, equipment and appliances which advance the effective and efficient practice of either agriculture, horticulture, equestrian, forestry, renewable energy or estate services.

With a historic reputation for recognising and rewarding excellence, the RHASS Technical Innovation Awards have become an important and influential accolade within the agricultural and rural industries. RHASS chief steward of Technical Innovation, Christo Shepherd, commented: “Technical innovation holds the key to unlocking the potential of Scotland’s agricultural and rural industries, whether in keeping with the industry, improving the environment, promoting best practice or ensuring operator safety and comfort.

“The RHASS Technical Innovation Awards provide a unique and highly regarded means to promote new ideas, whether conceived in the farm workshop or on the test benches of multinational manufacturers. I look forward to celebrating the innovations that have been developed over the past year at this year’s Royal Highland Show.”

Flexibility with precision performance

With 30 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing straw bale processors, Teagle Machinery offers a comprehensive product portfolio in the sector.

In 2018 all of the company’s Tomahawk models received enhancements to reflect customers’ feedback and demands for flexibility in application alongside reliable precision performance.

“The new 8555 is no exception and has undergone a series of updates not only to enhance performance but also to widen its applications,” says UK sales manager Jim Squires. “The Tomahawk 8555 incorporates a removable screen and is able to process a wide range of materials including straw, silage and hay. It can process straw with a high level of precision and consistency with its unique, integral, scissor action chopping mechanism for animal feed and cubicle bedding, and shred straw for loose housing requirements and feed clamp and round bale silage.

“Its wider use, particularly on dairy farms, has led to the machine working longer hours and reliable operation is even more essential.”

The new 8555 incorporates an electronically controlled, automatic chain lubrication system for the cross-beater as standard, he adds.

The Tomahawk 8555SC-D has a list price of £27,105 and will be exhibited by Teagle Machinery (Agricultural, Avenue R) at the forthcoming Royal Highland Show.

Showcasing best of best

Major Equipment is lining up its grass cutting and slurry handling systems for the 179th Royal Highland Show.

Taking centre stage is the award-winning Cyclone range of mowers that achieves the same finish as a flail with 25 per cent less horsepower and fuel consumption.

The multipurpose mower is ideal for heavy scrub and stubble management as well as traditional pasture topping. Produced from high-performance Strenx 700 MC steel and hot-dipped galvanised to EN ISO standards, the Cyclone mower resists impact damage, says Major. Eight models are available in working widths from 2.0–6.3m. Major’s stand will feature 2.8, 4.2 and 5.6m versions.

Also on display are a 2,800 gallon LGP tanker and a 2,300 gallon Alpine tanker designed with larger operations or the contractor in mind. Major’s slurry handling systems are precision-engineered and custom-fitted with best-in-class components to give farmers and operators safe and compliant solutions.

Major will also display a range of grass toppers and forestry equipment.

Innovation in feeding and bedding

Based in the heart of the French livestock region, Lucas G specialises in feeding and bedding machinery to meet the demands of modern agriculture across the world.

Its diverse product range offers solutions to all types of livestock farmers and offers every type of diet feeder including paddle mixer, vertical auger or self-propelled including an extensive range of straw bedders, choppers, bale unrollers and spreaders.

Recently Lucas G has expanded its range to include feeding robots that are capable of automatically mixing and feeding a TMR diet to cows or goats. The system can also include a straw spreader for autonomous bedding between feed cycles. This reflects the company’s ambition to provide innovations that aim to maximise efficiency in livestock farming.

Lucas G has a dedicated dealer network across the UK and Ireland and demonstration machines are available, says the company.

Fast delivery and high performance

Standard, heavy and extreme duty Batwing models of the Woods Rotary Cutters are now available on two-week delivery from its Charlerois facility in Belgium, according to UK agent Simon Richard.

Woods Rotary Cutters are now available on two-week delivery from the Belgian manufacturer.

The company’s single and double rotary machines are also included.

“Woods is regarded as a leader in top-quality attachments and replacement parts for the agricultural and grounds maintenance markets,” says Simon. “The rotary mower range is based on the Batwing, Single and Multi-Spindle, Bank and RC Series models and, with almost 60 products available, there is a solution for every requirement. The range runs from the 42in economy spindle cutter for 15-30hp tractors to the 21ft multi-spindle cutter for 70-300hp tractors.

“All mowers come with an exceptional six-year warranty on gearboxes,” he adds.

Compact tractor specialist returns to Royal Highland

Offering premium quality compact tractors, commercial cut and collect mowers and the versatile range of Kioti Mechron K9 2400 utility vehicles, Kioti UK makes a return to the Royal Highland Show 2019.

“Last year we had a great response from customers and dealers both old and new. We enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to meet our customers,” says Kioti UK general manager Patrick Desmond. “If the weather is as hot and sunny as last year this year’s Kioti stand should be even better.”

In 2019 the stand will also be manned by the staff of Terra Firma who will be on hand to meet and greet customers. The company’s launch into the compact tractor machinery business at the end of 2018 complements its existing trade in Vale winter maintenance equipment.

The Kioti tractor and utility vehicle range has models to suit farmers, smalholders and contractors,  as well as professional turf care and golf course applications.

All tractors have a four year manufacturer’s warrant. Operator comfort is always a priority.

On display this year will be a Kioti Mechron K9 with full cabin, Wd1260 low tip cut and collect unit and compact tractors from 28–60hp.

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