ON THE LAND Rive­rina hay rake’s Henty award

The Free Press (Corowa) - - LOCALREALESTATE -

A south­ern NSW de­signed and man­u­fac­tured hay ted­der has won the cov­eted Greater Hume Shire Award at the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days.

The award recog­nises the best new Aus­tralian de­signed and built agri­cul­tural ma­chine and was judged by a panel of in­de­pen­dent judges at the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days on Septem­ber 18-20.

It was pre­sented by Greater Hume Shire mayor Heather Wil­ton and Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days di­rec­tor Matt Noll to Ber­rima Engi­neer­ing di­rec­tor Martin Morona, De­niliquin, on Thurs­day, for the Ber­rima Multi-Ted 12-6.

Launched on April 1, the Multi-Ted is the re­sult of fod­der pro­ducer re­quests for a ma­chine to im­prove hay and silage qual­ity by re­duc­ing dry­ing time and bleach­ing.

It is avail­able in work­ing widths from 9-12 me­tres, mak­ing it per­fect for mower widths of 3.5-5 me­tres.

Judge Mark Bowyer said the Multi-Ted speeded up the dry­ing process of hay by one or two days.

“This makes a dif­fer­ence to the hay qual­ity and colour,’’ Mr Bowyer said.

“The fact the ro­tors can be hy­drauli­cally driven means they can be ad­justed in and out, whereas some ted­der rakes don’t have that op­tion.

“It has the abil­ity to do three windrows at once and it is a fairly wide ma­chine.

“The ro­tors can be re­versed giv­ing it more ver­sa­til­ity and dif­fer­ent func­tions.

“It folds up fairly nar­row for trans­port.’’ Martin Morona said the award was great recog­ni­tion of the work done by the Ber­rima Engi­neer­ing on de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing.

“We have spent quite a lot of time on re­search in de­vel­op­ing this new prod­uct,’’ he said.

“There isn’t a lot of re­ward for it (R & D) fi­nan­cially and it’s great to see when the ef­fort is well re­ceived and recog­nised.

“Es­pe­cially com­ing from an event like the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days as it is quite pres­ti­gious and a real boost for us.’’

Mr Morona said many or­ders for the hay rakes had re­sulted from Henty with 10m and 12m rakes sold off the site to south­ern NSW pro­duc­ers.

“The Ber­rima Multi-Ted can be used as a ted­der where the crop is dis­persed evenly across the ground or as a hay in­verter/split­ter where it moves mower swaths on to dry ground and fluffs the row at the same time a day or two af­ter cut­ting,’’ he said.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion tested on the Ber­rima Multi-Ted was to move three mower swaths si­mul­ta­ne­ously off their orig­i­nal cut po­si­tion onto dry ground and split­ting each mower cut into two smaller rows.

“This re­duces dry­ing time and bleach­ing, in turn, im­prov­ing hay qual­ity.

“Tri­als car­ried out ear­lier this year have shown the Ber­rima Multi-Ted re­duces dry­ing time by one to two days and has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced bleach­ing in lucerne.”

Martin Morona, Ber­rima Engi­neer­ing, De­niliquin, with the Greater Hume Shire Award for the best Aus­tralian de­signed and man­u­fac­tured ma­chine.

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