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iankirby 454107 147 Dengie Foragers either
Dengie Foragers
The's are some pics that i took today of the Dengie Crops Forages. These travel around the Dengie peninsular in Essex harvesting Alfalfa. Alfalfa is a great horse feed and is rich in protein and antioxidants which contributes significantly to the horse's nutritional requirements. The Fields are planted with this crop and it stays in the ground for between 3 and 4 years. The harvest starts in April or May and last to October. The crop being cut 3 to 4 times in six week rotation.
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Notice there loading into the trailer. These trailers raise to a height and then are tiped and unloaded into waiting lorrys. If the lorry is there then they will load directly into the truck. I have some pics of them doing this.
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Side View.
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Turning on the headland.
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Few seconds after i took this pic the Trailer bacame full. There are i think 5 smaller 8 wheel tippers and one artic tipper keeping these guys going. The factory is at least 20 miles from this field so keeping them going can be a challange. They can be waiting for up to 15 mins for an empty lorry to turn up. They cant work to late either as the lorry drivers have to keep an eye on there driving hours, which they are only aloud 9 hours. Pics of the trucks next.
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These are the trucks.
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This is the Artic tipper on the cart.
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Last pic, One full lorry and one empty lorry.
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nice pictures C.L.

you said that the trucks go to a factory. what do they do there with the alfa-alfa?
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Yer at the factory its tipped on to a concreat pad and then a loader loads it in to a big dryer then its mixed with different ingredents then pakaged and shipped out all over the uk and europe. I will try and get some pics of the factory tomorrow and post them.
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Great photos Chelmsford Lad :-)

Interesting to see Lucerne (alfalfa) growing in the UK, on such a scale.

From some of those pics, it looks like they are harvesting a pretty tidy crop,

Regards,

TC ;-)
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There is hundred's of acers of Lucerne around this area. The fields are so spread out its untrue. These do a lot and and i mean a lot of miles. Yer the crop is pretty tidy. It was only cut yesterday, As the UK weather is so unpredictable at the moment there not leaving it to long beetween cutting and harvesting.
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Cheers ;-)
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Chelmsford very interesting your explanation. Someday I would like to have a bussiness like that. Do you know how many hectares you have to cut with a machine like that to justify its ownership?
Regards,
Victor
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Nice photos Chelmsford Lad.

The Alfalfa seemed to be well past the flowering stage.

Was this the second cut?
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Very nice photos. It looks like a quit simple system to me. Like this better than the big machines you see overhere ( Krone BIG X Cargo and Claas Cargo systems )
Aren't the farmers afraid of to much compaction of the soil due to the heavy trucks on small tyres? When I look at our situation here you can see that when they drive a truck for grass or maize harvest, thos tyres really "cut" deep into the soil.
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Hi all, I dont really know how many hecter's you would need to make this work. Im guessing from the size of the fields these guys cut there getting on for 1000 hecters or 2470 acers. I went out tonight to see if i could find any of the swathers cutting but no go. This i would say has to be the second cut the third coming sometime in september. As for the compaction side of it the, at the end of the 4 year the whole field is subsoiled and then either disced or ripped up using something like a solo then driiled with another crop.
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Hi, i am in actual fact the driver of this forager harvester for dengie crops. Over a 6 month period we cut 6100ha's which is 15067ac on average give or take a few depending on the year. Blowing straight into the lorries is only done when it is exceptionally dry otherwise the trailers are used all the time.
We never blow onto the lorries in nealy established fields as the plant is not strong enough to take the pressure. We cover a 30 mile radius and the machines do roughly between 700 to 1000 hrs season
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