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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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New canvas web to solve modern harvesting problems

“As demand increases, agricultural machinery is getting bigger, meaning machines are increasing in weight,” says Mark Clayton, sales manager, Jones Engineering.

“Heavier machinery causes potential damage to soil and crops during harvesting, making it more difficult for farmers to meet tight and demanding schedules.”

Jones Engineering is a family-owned company specialising in manufacturing vegetable farming machinery. It started manufacturing potato and carrot toppers in 1987, and it now produces machinery for every part of the root crop season.

Growing problems

During harvest season, the firm saw a lot of customers looking for larger machinery as they increase their output to meet new schedules.

“However, as the machines get bigger, so does weight in the field, he says. This can make harvesting more difficult and potentially damage the soil to reduce a farmer’s output,” continues Mark.

“A lot of our customers were looking for something more lightweight to use in the field. They wanted to move high-value crops from one place to another, and they wanted to do this quickly and efficiently.

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“However, we found some webs actually moved too quickly for the harvested vegetables, which was causing damage to the harvest.”

“This meant there was a need for a lighter web that moved at the right speed to ensure maximum efficiency and quality output.”

A proper solution

“To solve weight issues, we realised Griff’s canvas webs were the way forward for our harvesters.”

“The canvas is significantly lighter than traditional steel, meaning our customers are able to have bigger machines without having to increase the weight so significantly,” explains Mark.

“These new webs also do not have the solid sides that a lot of other webs have, reducing the overall weight and giving our customers the ideal opportunity to switch to something that will improve harvest.”

“We’re also keen to fly the British flag at Jones Engineering, with more and more parts coming from other countries reducing the number of manufacturers in the UK.”

“We believe in encouraging the use of British products, like Griff’s canvas webs, in our machinery to promote efficient, high-quality British farming.”

Tangible benefits

“We’ve seen companies who use the new canvas webs have a significantly increased output.

“One of our customers purchased two machines from us – one with Griff’s canvas web and one without – and the machine with the canvas web produced 25% higher output than the other.

“We’d definitely recommend machinery with Griff’s canvas web to ensure a higher output for farmers looking to make a change,” concludes Mark.

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