pas­ture prime

How a Dun­can AS6100 fold­ing tine drill is mak­ing pas­ture ren­o­va­tion more ef­fec­tive

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Equipment Focus -

South Aus­tralian con­trac­tor Nick Pratt is ex­pect­ing big things from his new Dun­can AS6100 fold­ing tine drill.

Spe­cial­is­ing in hay bal­ing and pas­ture ren­o­va­tion, Pratt con­tracts from his home in Penola, 50km north of Mount Gam­bier. Pratt, who pre­vi­ously used a 26-row seed drill with six-inch spac­ings as his main drill, bought his new Dun­can AS6100 in April.

Pratt says he’d looked at a few dif­fer­ent brands but went with the New Zealand-made Dun­can as he’d done a dairy study in New Zealand in 1994 and felt that farm­ers in NZ were some of the best at grow­ing grass in the world.

“The Dun­can is a true pas­ture ren­o­va­tion ma­chine and that’s the line we are go­ing down with our con­tract­ing,” he says.

The ad­di­tion of fin­ger tines and coul­ters to the Dun­can AS6100 has been ben­e­fi­cial, Pratt says.

“It has the coul­ters on the front, with a Baker boot and rub­ber­tyre roller on the back,” he says. “There are L-shaped fin­ger tines for seed in­cor­po­ra­tion.

“Our other drill didn’t have coul­ters. We had very good suc­cess with­out them, but we thought the coul­ters would prob­a­bly help han­dle trash.

“The fin­ger tines weren’t on our old ma­chine but when the seed falls out the back on the Dun­can it gets in­cor­po­rated more,” Pratt adds.

Pratt’s son James has been us­ing the Dun­can AS6100 since May and has al­ready cov­ered 500ha of pas­ture and ce­real cover crops, pro­duc­ing a beau­ti­ful fin­ish.

“The Dun­can leaves a bet­ter fin­ished prod­uct out the back of the ma­chine; it has to­tally lived up to our ex­pec­ta­tions,” Pratt says. “There were a few lit­tle teething prob­lems with it but we have sorted those out.”

The Dun­can AS6100 fold­ing tine drill is towed be­hind a 250hp Case IH Mag­num trac­tor.

“We bought the trac­tor new for the drill be­cause we wanted to make sure we had ad­e­quate horse­power,” Pratt says. “We are very happy with the setup and we are cer­tainly hop­ing to build our clien­tele base over the next cou­ple or three years to ex­pand our con­tract­ing busi­ness.”

The fam­ily has picked up a 120ha seed­ing job for its new Dun­can tine drill since pur­chas­ing the Dun­can AS6100 from

Hage Trac­tors and Im­ple­ments Nara­coorte.

“Seed­ing is quite sea­sonal and goes from April through to July and then we start again in Au­gust-Septem­ber and go through un­til Oc­to­ber-Novem­ber for spring and sum­mer sow­ing,” Nick Pratt says.

“With the drilling, there is huge po­ten­tial for more work,” Pratt says. “With the price of land al­most dou­bling over the last 12-18 months, I feel that farm­ers need to get more out of the land they have got.”

“With beef prices be­ing on a high, it’s a good time for farm­ers to im­prove their pas­tures,” he adds.

Nick Pratt and his Dun­can AS6100 seed drill

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