High spec for­ager re­duces wastage and man­ual work

Irish Independent - Farming - - MACHINERY -

BLANEY FOR­AGER X10 bale un­rollers are now a com­mon sight on farms through­out Ire­land.

Af­ter be­ing around for a decade, the ma­chine has evolved to in­cor­po­rate a host of im­prove­ments and en­hance­ments and Blaney are now run­ning a se­ries of demon­stra­tions through­out Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

The Antrim firm claim the bale un­roller is highly suited to those who want feed­ing to be made eas­ier on the back and the pocket, and re­duces bale waste by around 20pc.

Gil­lian Bon­nar of Blaney says that for many farms the at­trac­tive thing about the For­ager X10 is that it is a one man, one trac­tor op­er­a­tion. “Feed­ing a silage bale is easy, with the ma­chine able to lift, load and feed out a bale on both sides from the com­fort of the cab,” she ex­plains. “It of­fers a fast and ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion for feed­ing out round bales to re­duce the need for man­ual fork­ing, to get the job done quickly and to re­duce wastage. We are famed in Ire­land for our rain­fall and heavy grass crops and we like to tell cus­tomers that the ma­chines have been tested in the tough­est of con­di­tions.”

With that in mind, Blaney claims their drive com­po­nents are ca­pa­ble of with­stand­ing forces in ex­cess of 50,000 New­tons, and more pow­er­ful hy­draulics give gen­er­ous ca­pa­bil­i­ties to work with the heav­i­est bales. Fea­tures like triple feed out spikes, heavy duty con­veyor bars and side rollers are de­vel­oped to deal with the most dif­fi­cult bales.

There are a cou­ple of models in the lineup. The For­ager X10 costs from €5,800 plus VAT and is en­gi­neered to be the most com­pact model, ideal for get­ting into tight spa­ces and nar­row pas­sage­ways.

Its safety guards pro­tect live­stock from in­jury and it has thick 50mm sprung tines that are de­signed for road travel and de­vel­oped to han­dle the heav­i­est bales. This model is de­signed to be used on a three point link­age be­hind the trac­tor to feed ei­ther side.

Off­set op­tions are avail­able for cus­tomers who want to feed fur­ther to one side if us­ing a wide wheeled trac­tor or to reach over a trough. Blaney can also of­fer an adapter frame al­low­ing for mount­ing on ei­ther three point link­age or a loader/han­dler for ex­cel­lent ver­sa­til­ity.

FOR­AGER X10L

The For­ager X10L is a spe­cial loader/tele­han­dler ver­sion of the same ma­chine, in­cor­po­rat­ing all the usual fea­tures. It can be fit­ted to any front loader or tele­scopic and so has the po­ten­tial to han­dle high stacked bales. Silage can be fed along pas­sage­ways, into feed­ers or used to un­roll into mixer wag­ons.

Oliver O’Grady from Co West­meath bought a For­ager X10 in De­cem­ber 2015 and two years on is happy with his pur­chase. “I farm part-time and when I get home the last thing I want to do is spend time feed­ing silage. I find the process is faster now no mat­ter what shape of bale, wet or dry. Ex­cess silage is left in the ma­chine and fresh for the next feed­ing. The whole job only takes a few min­utes.”

Any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact Blaney Agri for de­tails of the near­est Bale Un­roller demon­stra­tion on 048 2587 2801 or visit www.blaneya­gri.com

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