Zero grazing - Grazing more milk from grass with Pottinger

Whilst harvesting fresh grass and bringing it to the cows is not a new concept, at Pottinger we are continually working to develop a loader wagon based cost efficient zero grazing system that can also effectively harvest the farms silage during the summer months.

The zero grazing of fields can see a vast improvement in grass utilisation compared to grazing. Research shows grass utilisation in excess of 90% compared to a figure in some cases nearer 60% for grazing. Feedback from users is showing savings of up to 4 pence (5 Euro cents) per litre in production costs (50% based fresh grass diet, 50% TMR). In the current low milk price market this system can make a real positive difference to dairy farms profitability.

At Pottinger we offer the complete solution with advanced front mower and loader wagon technology. A simple one pass approach to harvesting fresh grass using low ground pressure wide tyres ensures the unit treads as lightly as possible.

Cutting takes place ahead of the tractor with a 3mtr wide front disc mower with the grass neatly formed into a windrow between the tractor wheels.

The grass is then picked up by the cam controlled pick up which in turn passes it to the large diameter feeding rotor. Thanks to the patented Easy Move knife bank the knives are simply fully removed allowing full length grass to be collected. The gentle action of the loading rotor ensures the structural integrity of the grass is maintained avoiding any decomposition. A high capacity body allows for fewer journeys from field to farm ensuring the daily cycle of harvesting is kept as short as possible.

The new Pottinger Faro & Europrofi loader wagon “D” models are equipped with rear discharge beaters and a wide cross conveyor belt to allow direct to feed passage feeding of the fresh grass with no re-handling. This reduces any potential for the grass to decompose and allows rapid feed out to the cows.

This cost effective flexible system can in a matter of minutes be reconfigured for harvesting silage, simply refitting the knives allows consistently chopped rumen stimulating forage. This

offers great flexibility and utilisation of the equipment by extending the working season of the equipment.

You can see the system for yourself on the Pottinger stand in Hall 5 at LAMMA 2017 where a Europrofi Combiline 5010D Zero Grazer will be on display. We look forward to meeting you and discussing the merits of the system.

LAMMA 2017

Make sure to visit the Pottinger stand at the 2017 LAMMA Show.

LAMMA is the UK’s leading farm machinery, equipment and agricultural services show. It attracts in excess of 40,000 visitors from the UK and overseas who come to visit hundreds of exhibitors. The 2017 event marks LAMMA’s 36th anniversary, and is the fourth year it has been staged at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

Free to attend, LAMMA is open from 7.30am until 5pm on Wednesday 18 January and 7.30am until 4.30pm on Thursday 19 January.

Free car parking for up to 10,000 cars is available.

Register to download our new show app here

Sarah Murray

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