Event news: EuroTier 2018

Chris Mc­Cul­lough trawls 15 halls of ex­hibits at the EuroTier Show in Ger­many to re­port on the lat­est in­no­va­tions for live­stock farm­ers

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Contents -

EuroTier can be quite a daunt­ing event for the first-time vis­i­tor, with thou­sands of stands to ex­plore show­cas­ing what’s new in the in­dus­try.

Held ev­ery two years by Ger­man Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety DLG, EuroTier 2018 is classed as the world’s lead­ing trade fair for an­i­mal pro­duc­tion.

A whop­ping 155,000 vis­i­tors at­tended the 2018 event, with 2,526 ex­hibitors from 62 coun­tries ex­hibit­ing modern an­i­mal pro­duc­tion so­lu­tions in over 260,000 square me­tres of space.

Whether it was new ma­chin­ery or tweaks to ex­ist­ing mod­els, the lat­est soft­ware to help farm­ers man­age their an­i­mals vir­tu­ally, or new de­vel­op­ments in feed sup­ple­ments, EuroTier had it all.

Some of the lat­est trends at the show in­clude the most lux­u­ri­ous and ex­pen­sive cow mat in the world, on-farm dairy pas­teuris­ers, and of course lots of ro­bot­ics.

If farm­ing is to be sus­tain­able in the fu­ture there is no doubt the in­dus­try needs to em­brace new tech­nol­ogy by the horns and put it into prac­tice.

We look at some of the show high­lights be­low.

TRIOLIET FEED­ING RO­BOT

Avail­able in Aus­tralia through Muddy River Agri­cul­tural, Trioliet ex­panded its ro­botic feed­ing range with the Tri­omatic WB 2-250, which trav­els on wheels in­stead of a rail.

It uses bat­tery power to travel, dis­charge feed and when push­ing up the feed in the pas­sage, but docks onto a power rail in the feed kitchen to use mains elec­tric­ity to charge and mix.

This gives the ro­bot ex­tra ca­pac­ity and pro­longs the life­span of the bat­ter­ies.

With a ca­pac­ity of 2.5 cu­bic me­tres the WB2-250 model has two augers, is 1.25m wide and needs a min­i­mum 2.4m wide pas­sage to dis­charge the feed in.

For nav­i­ga­tion, the Tri­omatic WB 2-250 ro­bot uses an an­tenna that fol­lows an in­duc­tion wire or transpon­ders on the floor. This makes it pos­si­ble to op­er­ate with­out any need for a rail, even be­tween dif­fer­ent sheds across a farm­yard.

The ro­bot can be com­bined with all types of Tri­omatic feed kitchens that are al­ready avail­able. Depend­ing on the route, this model can dis­charge up to 15 tonnes of feed per day.

AVANT E6 ELEC­TRIC LOADER

Fin­nish wheel loader man­u­fac­turer Avant is now in full pro­duc­tion of its new e6 all elec­tric wheeled loader with strong cus­tomer sup­port.

The new e6 is a sis­ter model of the com­pany’s al­readyestab­lished e5 but is pow­ered by a lithium ion bat­tery in­stead of the lead acid bat­tery in the e5.

Us­ing this lat­est bat­tery tech­nol­ogy al­lows the loader to op­er­ate in nor­mal work­ing con­di­tions for up to five hours with a one-hour charge time.

The e6 is de­signed for op­er­a­tors who need to use an elec­tric

Some of the lat­est trends at the show in­clude the most lux­u­ri­ous and ex­pen­sive cow mat in the world.

loader con­tin­u­ously in emis­sion sen­si­tive ar­eas and is priced around 45,000 Eu­ros (A$69,438).

Jani Kakela, Avant Tecno vice pres­i­dent as well as sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, said: “Sales of the e6 are strong and we are in our fourth week of pro­duc­tion now. We will be ex­port­ing it into most of our aligned com­pa­nies with the US look­ing like early 2019, after sort­ing some ap­proval is­sues.”

Mar­ket­ing man­ager for Avant Equip­ment Aus­tralia Jes­sica Nedeski says that while the ve­hi­cle will be sold in Aus­tralia, the cur­rent lead time on the e6 is about six months.

SLURRY HOSE EX­TENDS TO 800M

Cana­dian com­pany Cad­man says the Con­tin­u­ous Ma­nure Applicator (CMA) it in­tro­duced at EuroTier will help re­duce ar­ti­fi­cial fer­tiliser costs.

With a hose mea­sur­ing 823m long and 14cm in di­am­e­ter, the 32-tonne unit is de­signed to be a one-man op­er­a­tion and can ap­ply slurry to grow­ing crops up to one me­tre in height.

The CMA’s key in­no­va­tion is its patented swivel arm at­tached to the in­jec­tor, de­signed to pull the hose away from the CMA when the ve­hi­cle turns, while keep­ing it in the same row it was pulled out on and in­cor­po­rat­ing a 75cm–1m strip.

When the trac­tor gets to the op­po­site end of the field (up to 800m), it can turn 180 de­grees and come back down the field, in­cor­po­rat­ing an­other strip of 75cm–1m.

While the op­er­a­tor is com­plet­ing the re­turn trip, the re­mote con­trol au­to­mat­i­cally moves the CMA for­ward an­other 150cm or 2m in or­der to start an­other pass.

Cur­rently for sale at a price of US$514,000, Cad­man con­firms that the prod­uct can be shipped to Aus­tralia but will re­quire a six-month lead-time to build.

GRUB’S UP FOR LIVE­STOCK

EuroTier also fea­tured a num­ber of live­stock feeder and feed­ing de­vices yet to be­come avail­able in Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing: • Aus­trian com­pany Wasser­bauer’s Shut­tle Eco, a bat­tery pow­ered feed­ing ro­bot with a 2.2 cu­bic me­tre feed ca­pac­ity and a new, unique lift for fully au­to­matic feed re­moval in the bunker silo;

• Turkey’s Alper YK5000, with a ca­pac­ity of 5 cu­bic me­tres and 1,500kg, the 1,900kg ma­chine can be driven by a 60hp (44.7kW) trac­tor and has five fixed cut­ting knives;

• Ger­man com­pany Patura’s mo­bile milk ex­press unit that can hold 500l of milk and is able feed up to 50 calves at once. It also has a 5m dis­pens­ing noz­zle at the rear of the feeder should the op­er­a­tor pre­fer to feed calves in sin­gle pens, dis­pens­ing the milk from the large tank; and

• The Ger­man-made eSilokamm elec­tric-pow­ered silage feeder de­vel­oped by Silok­ing – de­signed with a top load ca­pac­ity of 4.6 cu­bic me­tres and able to travel up to 20km/h. It can run for two hours on one full charge with a bat­tery that can last for up to 10 years.

The CMA’s key in­no­va­tion is its patented swivel arm at­tached to the in­jec­tor.

1. 155,000 vis­i­tors at­tended EuroTier 2018 2. There were 2,526 ex­hibitors from 62 coun­tries ex­hibit­ing modern an­i­mal pro­duc­tion so­lu­tions3. Avant’s e6 all elec­tric wheeled loader 4. Trioliet ex­panded its ro­botic feed­ing range with the Tri­omatic WB 2-250, which trav­els on wheels in­stead of a rail 5. Silok­ing’s eSilokamm elec­tric-pow­ered silage feeder with a top load ca­pac­ity of 4.6 cu­bic me­tres6. Patura’s mo­bile milk ex­press unit can hold 500l of milk and is able feed up to 50 calves at once7. The Cad­man Con­tin­u­ous Ma­nure Applicator’s key in­no­va­tion is its swivel arm8. Alper’s YK5000 live­stock feeder has a 5 cu­bic me­tre ca­pac­ity9. Wasser­bauer’s Shut­tle Eco, a bat­tery pow­ered feed­ing ro­bot with a 2.2 cu­bic me­tre feed ca­pac­ity

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