Rive­rina hay rake’s Henty award

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

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.

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

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