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owain 372153 1 Silage 2006 either
Silage 2006
Some summer sunshine to brighten up stormy January. First cut silage on our farm with New Holland TS115 and JD mower, John Deere 6420S with JD baler and Case IH 585XL with bale carrier. The red clover / ryegrass ley was a bit long in the tooth but we were going for bulk rather than quality. It was also in its 4th year so we'll just graze it and then plough it up this year. Unfortunately didnt get any pics of the Ford 6610 with McHale wrapper.
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From the rear. Unfortunately my car rather spoils this photo :-( JD mower is in its second season, the contractor previously has a Lely splendimo 280.
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On a beautiful day, just look at the sky :-)

A couple of those trees ar over after the gales yesterday.

View looks accross our farm up to the yard.
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Baling 2 days later after the crops had a chance to wilt. John Deere 6420S seems a nice tractor. As you can see its a light crop due to the dry summer.
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How often do you mow the grass during the year?
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Laying an egg as i used to call it when i was a kid :-) He has to drop it side on to the slope or the bales would all end up in the stream at the bottom! Its happened before when we were in a hurry !
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Carrying the bales back to the yard with our old Case. It carries two but we havent got enough front weight, if their a bit wet you have to come up the hill backwards ! Solved the problem for second cut by bolting a couple of old Fordson Major wheel weights on to the front :-)
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Einachser,
we usually cut twice then put lambs to graze on the field for the rest of the year. Though sometimes we take 3 cuts if it looks as though were going to be short of silage.

Owain
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Lining up the bales ready for wrapping. We could wrap them in the field but its easy to damage them on the narrow lanes, especially with two on the back.
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Very nice photos Owain :-)

That JD mower looks like a Kuhn Lift Control model in JD colours?

Cheers from down under in Australia,

The Cowboy ;-)
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Stacking the bales. This picture is actually in 2005. Not the fastest of jobs. We've had this forklift for years. It was actually built by the contractor who does the baling, he also built the double bale carrier. I've now bought an MF digger so that will be stacking this year.

Role on summer, although we've got lambing to get through first ! :-P
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Owain, nice pic's, bur why do you guys got a JD mower? it is the same as Kuhn, only the JD is green, and cost a little bit more, as far as I know.

Kallum an doen
Patrick
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Thanks Tas,

Not sure about the mower to be honest. It could well be. Its the only one i've seen around here. Most people seem to have trailed mowers now, and a lot seem to be Kuhn. Their not much good in small fields though and mounted mowers are almost as wide these days.

Owain
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Nice pics, Why i that guy wearing ear defenders? Is it that noisy? I have bought a bale wrapper and a david brown to run it. I was going to get a Case tractor and round baler this year but i'm a little worried with the noise now:-\
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Thanks Patrick,

The mower actually belongs to the contractor. Not sure why he's gone all out for JD, his baler and other tractor are JD as well. Think there must have been some good deals at the JD dealer, They could be ex demo or something. I'll ask him next time he's round.

Owain
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yes, tha jd mower is a kuhn, but is has another how-do-you-call-it-in-english, the thing that "hurts" the grass so it wil dry better. The kuhn has it from plastic, the JD from steel.

we had a JD mower on demo, very nice, because of the good suspension of it we could drive quite fast on land which wasn't to flat(25km/h). But my dad decided to keep the vicon for now.
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lol Hey Internash,

Its a nice quiet cab but Dad insists on wearing his ear defenders :-P
It was a bit noisy at the time because I had to take out the floor insulation to get at the clutch slave cylinder (it needed bleading). Its too hot with the windows closed as well which makes it a bit noisy. But if you're used to Leyland or DB (gearbox whine !!!!!) its paradise :-P

I'd recomend a Case XL to anyone. I'm after an 885XL 4WD myself.

What sort of wrapper have you bought ? Any pics ?

Owain
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Conditioner might be the word you are looking for.

Alot of the European mowers have tyne or flail conditioners while the ones we use here for lucerne (alfalfa) have rubber conditioning rollers (more gentle of the leaves of legumes like lucerne & clover).
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Thanks for the info Gerbert, we call it a conditioner the thing which knocks the grass about. This chap does fly down the field, 18 - 20 km/h i'd say. But the field was quite steep and a bit bumpy.

Owain
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Is that true about the rubber conditioner Tas ? We often have problems with the conditioner knocking the leaves off the red clover. Especially if its a bit over mature. Got any pictures ? I'll have to look in to that.

Owain
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yeah, conditioner i meant.
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Sorry I dont have any pics but 3-4 of the big lucerne growers here use machines with rubber conditioning rollers & thats the reason they told me. I have read that flail conditioners are better on straight grass, as their action will result in faster drying (I guess that they fracture the grass stems in more sites, allowing it to dry quicker)

If you had a look on the net at Kuhn, Vicon & Taarup sites you might get some more info?

Cheers,

TC.
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Owain, Its the cheapest i could find! "Tanco autowrap" (the old blue ones) It was already on our farm (our contractors machine) And i was using it anyway, and he dosent wrap for anyone else, so i bought it- 200quid:-P I Will take a pic of it with the David brown and maybey try wrapping a bale.
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http://www.claas.com/countries/generator/common/bilder/claas-com/product-world/products/fem/73641x373y120,property=data,lang=de_DE.jpg#
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From the Claas-Website:

"Gentle and clean

Conditioner with two spiral reciprocating rubber rollers.
The hard stalks are crushed whilst conserving the fragile leaves. The roller drive is simple, resistant to wear and requires no maintenance. The lower roller is driven via a PTO shaft, while the upper roller runs synchronously.
The conditioner is positioned very closely to the bars, to ensure secure handling of the forage and an uninterrupted crop flow."
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