Vredo direct drill

hally

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Location
cumbria
I have a 20 year old+ Moore Sam built for us..32 coulter in a 4m fixed frame and accord top and over the years had demos of various D drills and not one made me think of selling the Moore. Tried the Vredo alongside a few years back and could not match the penetration and when up the germination was not so good as well. With 32 in 4m we never cross drill but I would add it is always for cutting not grazing. It has become like Trigger's broom.?
I don’t know what you think but we thought the vredo had a very defined sharp slot, no loose soil at all in there as it has very sharp coulters which led to poor germination especially in a sticky time, loose soil in the slot with the seed is vital really imo
 
Location
Ceredigion
Success, drilled with a Erth 2 month back . No rain for over 4 weeks .
Sprayed off pasture but very bare at the time
That's a very dry field . If it can work there when done correctly it can work if done correctly
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We bought a one a few years ago but couldn’t get away with it at all so got rid. We have been DD for 25years so have a bit of experiance. The problems we had was it needs perfect conditions to operate, if very dry it isn’t heavy enough to penetrate 38 discs and if it’s too wet because the discs aren’t staggered it picks up mud and sods and bulldozes. We ran into problems also in stubbles as small stones will wedge in between the discs ( again as there is no room for them to pass through the drill ) stopping them turning and again bulldozes. The final straw was following a guy on a fairly big job on a dairy farm who was spiking the ground with an arerator, again flicking up small stones and blocking the drill, we tried stone guards and various modifications of the drill but to no avail.
Luckily the main importer, after we sent photos of our issues was very good and agreed to return our money ( circa 26k ) and return our trade in Unidrill which went back to the last few jobs we did and instantly sorted out the problems. I think we offered to give them something for the hire of the machine as a goodwill gesture but they declined, so full praise for the dealer.
The vredo does have some ground following but like the new unidrill it is very small and again unless you are on perfectly flat going, is not enough.We are currently running a 32 row Erth which has individually hung gangs of discs while not perfect is considerably better at ground following than the other two. However I do miss some functions of my old unidrill such as more accurate seed depth indicators, warning buzzer if you forget to turn on the fan and easier calibration but overall with greasable bearings and a local dealer the Erth is the best package for us, no regrets. Drilling turnips yesterday into burnt off pp it made a perfect job as we finally have had a nice bit of rain.
I bought one 5 years ago and had exactly same problems and issues as you Hally,,,I sold it in 18 months and stuck with a simtec,which can do Barley and will drill through matted old leys
 

J. A. F. Dairy farmer.

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Livestock Farmer
Local contractor, Nigel Clifton has one and does excellent work with it. He's keen as mustard and has been direct drilling for many years and rates it highly. Success depends on the operator's attention to detail. The depth of the seed is critical.
Hello, I farm in north Shropshire I'm looking to reseed some sprayed off grassland would like to get in touch with Nigel Clifton, If you have his mobile number would you pass it on please. Thank you.
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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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...
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