Making top quality hay is Job 1 for dairy and livestock producers. New Holland, a leader in hay and forage tool for decades, is releasing information on new balers, mower conditioners and windrowers for 2014. In addition, utility tractors have been upgraded with the livestock guy in mind.
Here's a rundown of the new products.
Round balers are the most frequently purchased piece of hay making equipment and New Holland has a new, higher capacity Roll-Belt 560 5 ft. by 6 ft. round baler to help make the process more efficient. Key features include a 60-inch, six bar SuperSweep pickup or the 82-inch, 5-bar ActiveSweep pickup. "The ActiveSweep design innovations add up to a 20% increase in capacity," says Michael Cornman, dairy and livestock market segment manager.
Producers can monitor and control bale making with the new Bale Command II (twine only), Bale Command II Plus (twine and net, twine only, or net only) system. They also have the option to go with ISOBUS with the IntelliView III color touchscreen monitor.
Three belt choices are available. They feature new low-profile Alligator rivet fasteners that reduce bale bending stresses. New endless belts area also available for a completely spliceless design.
A Specialty Crop option is designed for crops like cornstalks, straw, or large windrows of heavy grasses like sudan. These units are expected on dealer lots shortly after January 1, according to Cornman.
Other improvements include a new tool free gauge wheel adjustment.
New Holland's new Discbine 313 (13-foot cutting width) and Discbine 316 (16.3-foot cutting width) feature the WideDry conditioning system. "The chevron-design intermeshing rubber rolls, steel intermeshing rolls or LeaningEdge flails are 22.5% wider than previous models (125 inches vs. 122 inches)," notes Cornman.
The driveline is simplified –PTO power is transferred from the front swivel gear box to a second swivel gear box at the rear of the tongue that maintains perfect alignment of the output driveshaft to cutterbar- and conditioner-drive box on the left side of the unit. . This means the cutterbar is driven from one side which simplifies maintenance.