Major Mowers Support Sustainability and Conservation at Fieldays

Visitors to Fieldays 2023 can take note of machinery for nature conservation and grounds management at the AgriQuip stand (C24) from 14-17th June in Mystery Creek.


Balancing agricultural land use with care of the environment is challenging but possible. The RSPB NI and its Countryside Land Management Service (CLMS) is an example of how conservation groups and farmers are working together to protect natural habitats and indigenous biodiversity.


The CLMS team work to control the rushes and scrub around Lough Beg National Nature Reserve in Northern Ireland. “It is important that the dense rushes are controlled, and scrub is not given a chance to take over, which could potentially lose the very species and habitats for which it was designated,” says Paul Trimble, CLMS Business Manager at RSPB NI.


Farmers sharing the ground allow stock to graze the area during the summer period, and CLMS undertakes mechanical vegetation control using a 2.8m Major Cyclone rotary mower during the winter months.


“The Cyclone mower is more reliable and requires less power consumption than flail machines, which means lower fuel consumption and reduced carbon emissions,” explains Paul. “They also leave a better finish. It leaves an open stubble finish, that the waders find more acceptable for nesting.”


The Major Swift Roller Mower is the choice solution for grounds management professionals improving the overall ecology of green spaces. The Major Swift is a gear-driven mower for grassed areas such as parks, schools, sports grounds and sites requiring a fine turf finish. High performance custom-designed gear boxes maintain high blade tip speeds on blades that overlap by 60mm so vegetation disappears into the sward.


Commercial mowing services like Waikato-based McCann’s Mowing Services demand reliability and cost efficiencies. “The beauty of the Major Swift is it’s not belt-driven,” says Greg McCann. “You don’t have to worry about it – you just go.”


The Major Swift is available in working widths from 1.9m to 4m in a three-point linkage configuration. Major Equipment products are in stock at AgriQuip, specialists in high-quality machinery for agricultural, horticultural and civil industries across New Zealand.


A selection of Major Cyclones and Major Swift Roller Mowers will be on display at the AgriQuip stand (C24) at Fieldays 2023. For more information, call AgriQuip on 0800 759 8402 or visit www.agriquip.co.nz.

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