Are shear buckets a success ?

valtraman

Member
I use a 4ft shear grab on my Massey 5610 which is well suited to it but recently I’ve switched to using bucket as pit face had slipped so just needed scooped up , finding it so much quicker to fill feeder and passages also keeps pit floor cleaner but obviously doesn’t keep a nice face on pit so thinking a shear bucket could be the thing also handier putting cake in bucket them into feeder. Do they work well ? Any recommendations? Is there a knack to using them ?
 

DrDunc

Member
Location
Dunsyre
I've never heard of them (all round bales here anyway, no pit) but I googled out of curiosity. Found this on YouTube

 

Ducati899

Member
Location
north dorset
Wouldn’t be without one,been running them since 1996 and have no complaints.
Currently have a Shelbourne 250 (I think that’s the size) started using them on a jd 6300 with a Trima 1490 loader and had no problems getting into silage face, had my current one 6 years and I’ve never touched the cutting or bucket edge to sharpen them,I’ll get a pic of clamp faces tomorrow.
No different to using a shear grab IMO
 

valtraman

Member
Wouldn’t be without one,been running them since 1996 and have no complaints.
Currently have a Shelbourne 250 (I think that’s the size) started using them on a jd 6300 with a Trima 1490 loader and had no problems getting into silage face, had my current one 6 years and I’ve never touched the cutting or bucket edge to sharpen them,I’ll get a pic of clamp faces tomorrow.
No different to using a shear grab IMO
I thought it might be harder to get right into pit face
 

Dog Bowl

Member
Location
Cotswolds
Am also very curious about a shear bucket as my Mchale shear grab, which has served me well for the last 8 years, needs replacing after this winter and am also wondering whether a shear bucket is the way to go...
 

daveydiesel1

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Co antrim
Wev a wee massey 30e industrial and shear grab and 1 thing that winds me right up is when bits of silage falls of it round the yard creatin a mess. Always wondered about a shear bucket but wondered if tractor would be fit to push it into the silage as it sometimes struggles to get the grab in the full way so thoughts on will a 30e handle it?
 

valtraman

Member
I think it will be handy as I want to get on to a tmr mix for youngstock but it’s a faff swapping grab off to put bucket on to put straights in so currently just bag up cake then pour over silage when fed out
 
Friend of my dad's had a parmiter on a Sanderson and when he sold up asked if we would like to buy it because it would fit on ours. I asked if it pushed in to the face ok and he said it was fine as long as you had a good run up🙄
 

daveydiesel1

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Co antrim
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They're great, especially for bales, and meal. Saves a lot of implement switching, mostly we load clamp silage. We don't try to ram the bucket in, we have it tipped down a bit and let the blade do the work. You want to make sure you have a big enough tractor/loader combo to cope with it and a bale.
Why is it leavin the face on a slope and not straight cut
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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