So you think you’re an engineer…..


Answer me this then

Is it possible to convert a SPFH in to a zero grazer?

Remember, the key is to cause the least damage to the cut grass so knives out for a start but what about drum? Will the impeller be able to accelerate grass of, say 10” , up and through spout without blocking?


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"speed" and "gentle grass handling" are two concepts that don't seem to get along :D

A big tractor with a 10ft front mower and a decent wagon should be able to motor along and cut/lift 12 acres and transport it about as fast as anything else could do it.... and have some good resale value if/when you decide it's a bad idea...
it should give you at least 50% extra output over a 7ft ZG anyway.


Mixed Farmer
North Yorkshire
There's a big dairy unit near me that have a 10' front mower and hugh forage box on the back. Tractors are 200-250hp sized, he has some steep ground but its regularly reseeded so it's even going and the forage box is soon full and back to the yard. His forward speed is pretty similar to my 100hp tractor and 10'rear mower.
Think the only downside according to the local agri engineering is that the forage wagons aren't designed to run day after day so they soon wear out.
He calls them Clatterboxes.

Grass And Grain

Mixed Farmer
We had some wet summers late 90's I think, got so wet here in late July / August, ended up bringing in suckler cows and calves etc, and zero grazing the second cut silage to feed them... surprising how you can travel over damp ground the once, but can't go back the next day ...
Yes, grazing cows also make a mess when it's wet.

Seems as though the OP can't/doesn't graze cows out, so choice is silage or zero graze, or a combination.

More chance with zero grazing if some free draining land available?

Don't know what the answer is, but at least with silage you can choose your weather window.

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...