MAJOR Presents New Retro-fit Slurry Spreaders at LAMMA 2020
Major Equipment’s new low emission Dribble Bar and Trailing Shoe applicators offer a solution to the growing challenges of tighter regulations while maximising the benefit of slurry.
The MAJOR applicators are designed to apply slurry to the soil surface as accurately as possible while minimising nutrient loss and ammonia emissions. Both are available in 7.5m working widths and have 30 outlets spaced 260mm apart for even and precise distribution of liquid material in long and short grass.
Low emission and precision slurry spreading
“Slurry is an asset and to extract the most value out of it, it needs to be applied as close to the soil as possible,” says Eoin Murphy, Major Equipment’s UK General Manager. “Besides reducing the amount of nutrients lost when compared to surface spreading, you minimise sward contamination and uneven growth. These are increasingly important considerations for farmers who depend on healthy grass for livestock.”
“The trailing shoe is far more precise and we can lower rates to around 1,500 gallons per acre instead of 2,000 gallons with the old splash plate, which enables us to travel at around 8kph instead of 6kph before,” Mr. Davis comments. With slurry left at the base of the plant, stock can return to the land quicker, a benefit with 200 Holstein cattle and 400 sheep to feed. More importantly, this system ensures Mr. David stays compliant with environmental regulations.
Simple and affordable solutions to stay compliant
The new systems are simple and cost-effective solutions to comply with upcoming government requirements to spread slurry and digestate using only low-emission spreading equipment. Farmers and rural businesses applying for grants through the relevant authorities in the UK are able to avail of these units.
The MAJOR slurry injectors are easily mounted onto the back door of a vacuum tank without welding or fabricating, making them ideal for retro-fitting. Brackets with settings in 60mm increments allow either unit to be set according to the tanker height making the system completely adaptable to any tanker make or model. They can also be used with the existing splash plate left in place.
“The bewildering number of systems out there can be overwhelming for farm business owners who just needs a solution to stay compliant,” says Eoin. “We’ve been customising tankers for over 40 years so we’ve thought through everything with our retrofit low-emission slurry spreaders. With best in class components and materials, our systems are built to last, thereby delivering real value for money.”
Double duty agricultural mower
MAJOR will also display a selection of its power-saving Cyclone mower. The heavy duty shredders do the work of conventional mulchers and flails with a minimum 25% less power required than equivalent-sized machines. For example, a 110-hp tractor with a PTO at 1000/rpm is enough to power the 5.6m (19’) shredder.
From traditional pasture topping to brush control, these machines are especially effective on crop stubble including cotton, maize, rapeseed, and sorghum. They are equally at home in set-aside, forestry margin management, and environmental scrubland control.
Cyclone crushes crop stubble
Peter and Sian Wombwell run Wombwell Farms in Ickleton, near Saffron Walden, with their sons, William and James. The fifth-generation farming family manage some 3000 acres across Cambridgeshire and Essex, of which 150 acres is grassland under various grazing agreements. “We bought the Cyclone [in 4.2m working width] about a year ago and it’s proven to be a very wise choice,” commented Peter.
“It handles all kinds of material – we’ve used it on maize stubble, cover-crop, grassland, and one particularly difficult application down the tramlines in oilseed rape; it just whizzed over that!,” remarked Peter. “Some of the plant breeders have trial plots situated on our land so we have to clear stubble effectively. The Major Cyclone makes short work of that task!”
Quality, reliability and simplicity for future farmers
Students training for a career in agriculture at Askham Bryan and Newton Rigg College benefit from practical experience with the tools of the trade, including a 2.8m Major Cyclone. The safe, robust and easy to use features of the heavy duty mower hits all the marks for Matt Begley, Head of Farms at the agricultural college.
“We’ve had other pieces of MAJOR equipment in the past, and the range has the reputation for being good quality and reliable. I like the Cyclone Mower design – each rotor is driven by its own gearbox, which spreads the load evenly,” says Mr. Begley.