Purchase stacks up
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.