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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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60 years of New Holland’s self-propelled foragers

New Holland is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its self-propelled forage harvester, with a special edition of its FR Forage Cruisers.

The machines will bear a distinctive anniversary livery featuring a 60th-anniversary decal, silver swash and silver leaf to symbolise the machine’s advanced technologies and “exceptional” performance.

The special edition forage harvesters will also feature “unique” benefits. These include the standard MyPLM®Connect, UpTime Solutions and UpTime Warranty according to the market.

FR Forage Cruisers

New Holland is also hosting a European demonstration tour that will cover European forage harvester markets. These include Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, and the UK.

The FR Forage Cruisers will bear a specially designed 60th-anniversary demo tour livery. They will allow farmers in these countries to experience first-hand their productivity and quality output in maize and grass.

Henrik Aaskov Hansen, global product manager for New Holland self-propelled forage harvesters, said:

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“For the last 60 years, New Holland forage harvesters have constantly pushed the boundaries of performance, delivering the highest quality silage to meet the most demanding requirements of livestock farmers.”

More recently, its FR Forage Cruisers have also proven “invaluable” assets in biomass production. This is “developing fast” in response to the growing demand for sustainable fuels.”

“As we mark this important milestone, New Holland forage harvesters are demonstrating how their versatility is helping our customers to improve their profitability and fully grasp the opportunities of new revenue streams.”

Ultimate versatility, productivity, and crop quality

New Holland claims its forage harvesters deliver crop quality and throughput with “no compromise”.

The proven Power CruiseTM features to ensure ultimate capacity in fields of varying crop density. Its state-of-the-art headers power through grass, maize, and whole crop.

“Industry-leading chopping performance” features include:

  • HydroLoc™ technology: Ensures constant chop length regardless of crop type and variations in load.
  • The “exceptionally” strong cutterhead with a wide range of configurations to match every need;
  • ActiveLOCTM technology: Automatically calibrates the chop length. This ensures the most nutritious silage depending on the actual moisture of every individual swath;
  • NutriSenseTM NIR sensor nutrient analysis technology: Provides valuable crop nutrient data collected by the forage harvester. This can be visualised on the MyPLM Connect portal.

The FR Forage Cruiser also offers all the advantages of New Holland’s MyPLM Connect telematics. This keeps the farmer connected to the machine at all times, enabling them to send and receive real-time information that helps operate more efficiently, productively and profitably.

Florian Schmitt, Europe product marketing manager for the New Holland Self Propelled Forage Harvester, said:

“The technological evolutions on the current FR Forage Cruiser enable the operator to control a wide range of parameters on the machine to increase the quality of the silage.”

“Whether we are cutting feed for livestock application, or biomass in various crops for biogas applications, the FR Forage Cruiser allows our customers to feed their business with the optimally chopped quality of the crop across all types of produce.”

The NIR technology provides a granular measurement of key nutritional values.

“By using these in an applied environment, we can provide our customers with the highest quality in the stack, and as such, support and manage a profitable and sustainable forage business.”

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