KUHN iBio Baler article

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Big bale grass silage is proving to be the best complementary forage for a zero-grazed dairy herd, as Jennifer Mackenzie discovered.

Maximising milk from forage to maintain margins with low milk prices has been the overriding aim of a Dumfries and Galloway family farming partnership. The Marshalls have been dairying at West Kirkland Farm just outside Wigtown since the 1940s, and husband and wife team Alan and Valerie’s son Neil is the third generation of the family to farm there.Alan and Neil are jointly responsible for all the management decisions on the farm and most of the day-to-day work while Valerie, a retired teacher, looks after the calf rearing and youngstock management. Neil’s girlfriend Caroline also works full-time on the farm and does the majority of the milking, along with one other full time employee.

The dairy herd has been increased over the last decade to 300 Holstein-Friesian milkers plus followers, which are crossed to either Holstein or Norwegian Red bulls, and milked twice a day on a year round calving pattern.The Marshalls farm 350 acres spread over three sites and more than two-thirds of the ground at West Kirkland is heavy clay, making it challenging for grazing cows, particularly in a wet year. The majority of the 350 acres are in grass, apart from 36 acres for spring wheat wholecrop. A decision was made in June 2015 to zero graze the milking herd and two second hand machines were bought.  This year the milkers have been housed day and night from April until November, depending on weather conditions and grass availability.“We needed to find a way of saving money and improving margins with a reduced milk price,” said Neil.Around six or seven acres of fresh grass is cut once daily and the summer ration has been 95kg of fresh grass with 10kg of this year’s first cut baled silage (31% dry matter, 15.6% crude protein, 11.6MJ/kg ME and 71.8% D-value).

Silage was introduced at the end of August to help maintain dry matter intakes and prevent running short of grass. When only fresh grass was being fed, cows were consuming a fresh weight of up to 112kg/day. A 16% protein dairy cake is fed through the parlour according to yield at a rate of 0.4kg/litre. Cows are currently producing M+15 litres from forage. At the beginning of the season, M+20 litres was being achieved from grass, this dropping to 17 litres in June.At the beginning of September, a partial TMR ration was introduced as grass quality declines and additional protein and concentrate is required to maintain yields.

The herd is averaging 8,200 litres at 4.4% butterfat and 3.4% protein. Throughout the summer the herd has been producing 25l/day, which is slightly below previous years’ performance. However, buffer feed has been reduced this year as a cost saving exercise. The zero grazing takes around two hours a day over 30 acres at a time and as long as the season allows – hopefully to early November this year. When the grass ‘gets away’, opportunistic cuts are taken and baled for silage, producing 20 to 30 bales at a time.

The Marshalls use a Kuhn iBio combination baler/wrapper, which has the capability of applying wrap on wrap, avoiding the need for netting. With their system, they wanted a machine that they could use themselves when required without needing to involve contractors.“We liked that the machine did everything in one – baling and wrapping,” said Neil. “The two layers of wrap make a very tight bale which is evident because it is noticeably about three inches smaller than a conventionally wrapped bale with net.”Alan added: “The machine is lightweight – 3.5 tonnes – which not only helps minimise ground damage but it means we can use it with a 120hp tractor. It also means that we can do a field easily and the bales are wrapped and just ready to be picked up.”The Marshalls have also noticed that the tight wrapped bales are less likely to be attacked by birds.The baler-wrapper has also been used for the wholecrop wheat grown on around 40 acres a year and undersown with a long-term ley grass mix including clover as part of the re-seed policy.The Kuhn wrap on wrap system produces a tight, well-sealed bale, minimises risk of bird damage and makes disposal of used wrap easier.

Zero grazing is working for Neil Marshall as they strive to increase milk from forage.

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All-Terrain Vehicle Recovered within 48 Hours of Being Stolen



When Mr McKeand’s Honda TRX500 All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) was stolen from his farm in Lanarkshire, he thought it was gone for good. Fortunately, it was fitted with TRACKER’s award-winning technology which led police straight to the stolen vehicle, recovering it in less than 48 hours in West Lothian. With quad bike thefts spiking by as much as 80%* in some areas TRACKER, the UK’s leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) provider, urges farmers and rural businesses to take stock of their security and protect their assets.


Mr McKeand of Broomhill Farm explains, “The ATV is a vital piece of equipment that we use every day to attend our livestock and get around the surrounding land. When I discovered it was stolen, it was a big blow, as it was a recent replacement for the one which had been stolen just after Christmas. Unfortunately that ATV didn’t have a TRACKER device installed, so it was never recovered.


“Thankfully, my quad bike dealer recommended that I fit a TRACKER unit to my new ATV, as there had been a spate of thefts in the area. I am so glad I did, because police found the vehicle within 48 hours, allowing my business to continue unscathed. The farm is in an area with a lot of theft. My pick-up was stolen by opportunistic thieves, 15 months ago, with me standing about 10 metres away, at the time. It felt like nothing could stop the thefts, but now I know that TRACKER will stop them in their tracks, helping police catch them red-handed. I’d recommend TRACKER to any farmer wanting to protect their machinery.”


Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison for TRACKER and a former Chief Superintendent for South Yorkshire Police comments, “This was a fantastic result, not only was Mr McKeand reunited with his stolen ATV, but police also found a stash of stolen equipment, including quad bikes and rotators, which would have otherwise been lost for good. Arrests were also made, illustrating just how effective TRACKER is in helping police bring the criminals to justice.


“Farmers like Mr McKeand often believe there is little point in reporting offences to the police, thinking there is no hope in plant and machinery ever being recovered. And in areas where crime is high, theft can seem like an unstoppable force. However, this case proves the importance of SVR solutions, which reunite owners with their stolen assets, every day. We are also working in partnership with NFU Mutual and Datatag, to offer farmers significant reductions on NFU Mutual policies of up to 25%. This makes TRACKER the most robust and cost effective way to protect machinery in rural areas, while helping police clampdown on crime.”


TRACKER’s SVR devices are used by ports police across the UK, including Police Scotland, resulting in the recovery of these assets. TRACKER’s SVR solutions work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the asset. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.  Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen quad bikes, tractors and farming equipment anywhere, even when it is hidden in a garage or shipping container.



August 2016

*Source: NFU Mutual


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Notes to Editors

  • TRACKER, part of the Tantalum Corporation, has been leading the way in the field of vehicle tracking and telematics since 1993. With over a million market leading security and award winning fleet management systems fitted to vehicles including passenger cars, motorcycles, HGVs, LCVs and plant and construction equipment, TRACKER is still leading the way.
  • TRACKER with the police has to date recovered over £500 million worth of stolen vehicles and continues to recover on average £1 million worth of stolen vehicles each month.
  • With over a million systems installed to date, its award-winning products ensure its customers have complete peace of mind.
  • Tantalum Corporation is one of Europe’s top ‘connected vehicle’ companies addressing some 500,000 vehicles.
  • Tantalum’s products have the capability to analyse real time data from over 270 data points within a vehicle, with patented algorithms. The company has established B2B relationships with fleets, insurers, auto manufacturers, Tier 1 customers and the UK police force.
  • Tantalum Corporation ranked 14th in the 2015 Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100, which ranks Britain’s 100 fastest-growing private technology, media and telecoms companies by sales over the latest three years


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