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Wimmera Machinery Field Days 2024 highlights

Wimmera Machinery Field Days celebrated a milestone in style, with plenty of machinery for visitors to see earlier this month

Thousands of visitors went through the gates for the milestone 60th year of the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Held at Longerenong near Horsham in western Victoria, warm weather greeted crowds as they attended between March 5-7.

Wimmera organisers also presented awards during the second day of the event.

Agrimac was judged as the best agricultural machinery outdoor site, while John Shearer’s Mk4 seeder bar won the prestigious machine of the year prize.

Here is a selection of what exhibitors were displaying at Wimmera:

John Shearer’s award-winning Mk4 seeder bar. Image: Prime Creative Media

John Shearer

Occupying pride of place at John Shearer’s stand, even before its machine of the year win, was the Mk4 seeder bar.

This machine is the newest addition to John Shearer’s range and, like all of its products, is manufactured in Australia for local conditions.

Features of this heavy-duty machine include a new hydraulic tine opener assembly plus wider wheels.

These improvements add to an already popular four-row universal seeder which has a maximum front tine breakout pressure of 620kg and a variety of working widths between 7.9m and 18.2m, depending on whether a single or double fold model is selected.

John Shearer has been manufacturing farm machinery in Australia since 1877, with the Mk4 seeder bar being just one example of building products to suit local broadacre needs.

Rata’s Field Wave 304 Panerazer. Image: Prime Creative Media

Rata Equipment

In addition to its popular Power Claws, there was also a Field Wave 304 Panerazer on display at Rata Equipment’s stand.

Described as the manufacturer’s most popular model in the subsoil aerator range, it has an innovative double-V frame design to allow users to pull more with less horsepower.

Robust construction makes it ideal in tough conditions, while shin guards give clean results while cutting through the soil.

It works to a maximum depth of 450mm while offering five, seven and nine leg models with working widths of 2.5m, 3.5m and 4.5m respectively.

O’Connors

Local Case IH dealer O’Connors showed off the FD241 FlexDraper by MacDon.

This unit forms part of the FD2 series, which offers both rigid and flexible cutterbar configurations, variable cutting speeds and a wide range of cutting widths.

A full suite of Case IH machinery – including both small and large tractors – was on display at the O’Connors’ site, continuing a busy time for the dealership group which was sold late last year to USA-based Titan Machinery.

Michaels Group displayed a JCB 560-80 AgriPro telehandler. Image: Prime Creative Media

Michaels Group

As a JCB dealer, Michaels Group had a wide selection of the manufacturer’s tractors and telehandlers available.

The latter is growing in popularity on Australian farms, and the 560-80 AgriPro telehandler was one model available for Wimmera visitors to see.

Capable of 145hp (108kW) and with a 5,500kg maximum lift capacity and 7.9m maximum lift height, this is a telehandler which can handle agricultural grunt work.

An EcoMAX engine improves both power and productivity thanks to producing torque and power at low revs, lessening the strain on the engine and overall fuel consumption.

Jadan Group’s Big Bale Stacker. Image: Prime Creative Media

Jadan Group

The tried-and-tested Big Bale Stacker was prominent for Jadan Group during the event.

Manufactured in New South Wales, the stacker is robust and sturdy and designed to provide a reliable and no-nonsense operator experience.

It works by collecting bales through two grab arms at the front, where it is then tipped and slides gently down the track, before eventually placing the collected bales into a neat stack.

Depending on the bale’s size, it can handle stacks of either four or six bales.

Agribin

Another Australian-made product on display at Wimmera was Agribin’s grain lick feeder.

This is a new addition to the manufacturer’s offering and is designed for 100 per cent grain and pellets.

It has a deep trough to prevent wastage, folding weather verandahs and an easily adjustable flow rate.

The feeder measures 2.44m long, 1.22m wide and 1.6m high. It has a 2,600L volume with feed capacities varying depending on grain density.

Bourgault’s 8450 Air Cart. Image: Prime Creative Media

Bourgault

The Canadian manufacturer is celebrating 50 years in business, and a special anniversary decal was present on a machine it displayed at Wimmera.

The 8450 Air Cart, which forms part of the 8000 Series, was the machine in question, named for its capacity of 450 bushels (15,800L), with this capacity split across four tanks.

Both leading and trailed models are available, with three different sizes in each category, making this an ideal machine for farmers needing decent size without the enormity of Bourgault’s larger 9000 Series.

Agrimac

Victorian dealership Agrimac won the best agricultural machinery outdoor site at Wimmera.

Supported by staff from its brands Kubota and Krone, there was plenty to see across the site.

One machine on show was the Krone BiG Pack 1290 HDP II (XC).

This large square baler is an eight double-knotter and has been refined since its release.

Krone says this model matches its BiG Pack 1290 HDP HighSpeed for density, while producing up to 70 per cent higher throughputs at the same ground speed.

A Mandam disc plough from Greg Allan Farm Machinery. Image: Prime Creative Media

Greg Allan Farm Machinery

For Victorian multi-brand dealership Greg Allan Farm Machinery, field days always mean a diverse selection of machinery is on display.

At Wimmera, two of the standouts were a Mandam disc harrow and a Valtra tractor.

Manufactured in Poland and Finland respectively, these two products are just a small selection of what is available through Greg Allan.

Emmetts

John Deere dealer Emmetts had plenty of the manufacturer’s offerings on display.

One highlight was the 8RX 370 four-track row crop tractor.

Capable of producing 370hp (276kW), this tractor also has a 9.0L PowerTech engine, the choice of e23 PowerShift or infinitely variable transmission, plus a spacious and comfortable cabin.

A range of track widths and tread settings is available to add versatility and suit individual needs, while row spacing options are available for all track widths.

Goldacres G4 Crop Cruiser Series 2. Image: Prime Creative Media

Goldacres

Sprayer manufacturer Goldacres showed off its latest G4 Crop Cruiser Series 2.

The Crop Cruiser has a 4,000L tank capacity and a variety of boom sizes up to 36m.

It can be fitted with the Ballarat-based manufacturer’s Weedetect spot spraying system, which involves cameras being positioned every 3m to detect and target weeds.

Other features of the 200hp sprayer include Goldacres’ G-Hub integrated system and Fast Fill, plus a cabin with reduced noise and multiple wheel track options available to reduce crop damage.

Geronimo

A 62-foot (19m) land roller from Riteway was prominent at New South Wales-based Geronimo Farm Equipment’s stand.

The land roller is designed to help germination by effectively rolling rocks into the ground without rolling the crop out ahead of it.

Widths are available between 12-foot and 89-foot (3.6m to 27m) and rollers are available in one, three, five or seven sections.

All Riteway land rollers also fold up for easy transportation.

Vennings showed its new 12-inch diameter augers at Wimmera. Image: Prime Creative Media

Vennings

South Australian grain handling equipment manufacturer Vennings showed off its range of self-propelled augers during Wimmera.

Soaring high into the sky, one major addition of note was the introduction of a 12-inch (30cm) diameter.

This is now the largest diameter in Vennings’ range, which previously only had 9, 10 and 11-inch models available.

All models have 35, 42, 50 and 60-foot varieties (between 10.5m-18m), giving customers a variety of sizes to choose from.

Chaser bins were among the other products being shown by Vennings.

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