Pur­chase stacks up

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY - By JEREMY SMITH

Au­nique hay stacker – the Ar­cusin B14 multi-pack stacker – the only one of its kind in Aus­trala­sia, was demon­strated in Cam­bridge re­cently.

The B14 ar­rived from Spain about three weeks ago and was pur­chased by new Straw Ware­house own­ers Neville and Sandy Ogle. Get­ting it into New Zealand was a team ef­fort and Mr Ogle said he was very grate­ful for the as­sis­tance of Gil­trap Agri­zone staff, in­clud­ing Greig Singer and oth­ers, in mak­ing it hap­pen.

The Ogles, who have 23 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in dairy farm­ing, have owned the Straw Ware­house for the past six months.

They demon­strated the Ar­cusin B14 on the cor­ner of Vic­to­ria Rd and Tay­lor St re­cently.

Cou­pled with a Case 540 baler, the Ar­cusin B14 will be made avail­able to three or four of Straw Ware­house’s con­trac­tors and it is hoped they will process 100,000 bales of hay and straw through the stacker this sea­son.

Mr Ogle said the Ar­cusin B14 of­fered both the busi­ness and its client base sev­eral ben­e­fits.

‘‘The Ar­cusin B14 min­imises the man­ual cost of load­ing and the man­ual side of things over­all, takes the weather out of play and helps in­crease cart­ing ca­pac­ity.’’

Mr Ogle said when it came to the car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of con­ven­tional bales the Ar­cusin B14 would help in­crease the size of a unit load, or one truck and trailer load, from 650 bales to 792 bales. It can take in ei­ther 10, 12 or 14 bales at once be­fore re­leas­ing one com­bined bale.

When it op­er­ates at the 14-bale set­ting, the equiv­a­lent of one large square bale 2400mm long, 900mm high and be­tween 900mm-1.4m wide is pro­duced. Ca­pa­ble of col­lect­ing, ty­ing off and de­posit­ing 500 bales per hour, at the demon­stra­tion the B14 was able to col­lect 14 bales ev­ery one minute and 40 sec­onds.

FULL: The Ar­cusin B14 leaves a load of hay be­hind af­ter pick­ing up and com­bin­ing 14 in­di­vid­ual hay bales.

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