What size mower

Deepseaman

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Got a new to us jd 6930 , was looking at a 3m rear mower ( mounted ) , but thinking it might take upto a 3.4m ? what are your opinions, bearing in mind we mainly mow hilly stuff! Also has front hitch so will add front mower one day maybe . Oh also straight disc mowers , no conditioner.

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I'm assuming no duals, loader or front weights?

No bigger than 3.2 if it's quite hilly and you've got staff driving the tractor, those big mowers can really unsettle a tractor if you lift with the mower on the downhill side. You could run a 3.8 if you're careful......it depends how "safe" you want the setup to be.

What make/model mower are you looking at? There's a bit of weight difference between them.

I mow with rear duals and the inner rear tyres full of water, excellent stability in places that one really shouldn't be mowing and just gives that little bit extra weight/width on the tractor.
 
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Finn farmer

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Got a new to us jd 6930 , was looking at a 3m rear mower ( mounted ) , but thinking it might take upto a 3.4m ? what are your opinions, bearing in mind we mainly mow hilly stuff! Also has front hitch so will add front mower one day maybe . Oh also straight disc mowers , no conditioner.

Cheers
Without knowing how hilly your fields are, i'd say a 6930 is more than capable of running any rear mounted mower with front mower with ease. Our 105hp 5610 ran a 4m wide Kuhn with ease. They aren't that heavy without conditioner.
 

Deepseaman

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I'm assuming no duals, loader or front weights?

No bigger than 3.2 if it's quite hilly and you've got staff driving the tractor, those big mowers can really unsettle a tractor if you lift with the mower on the downhill side. You could run a 3.8 if you're careful......it depends how "safe" you want the setup to be.

What make/model mower are you looking at? There's a bit of weight difference between them.

I mow with rear duals and the inner rear tyres full of water, excellent stability in places that one really shouldn't be mowing and just gives that little bit extra weight/width on the tractor.
No duels or front weight , was looking at Claas 3200/3600, Pottinger novacat 302/352 , or Sip silvercut 300/340s
 

Martin Holden

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Grassland Exhibitor
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Cheltenham
No duels or front weight , was looking at Claas 3200/3600, Pottinger novacat 302/352 , or Sip silvercut 300/340s
As a SIP man either the 300 or 340 will work power wise. It all depends on the banks when turning. The weight difference isn’t great but the leverage force is quiet a bit different. Very hilly I’d stick to 300 probably
 
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Got a new to us jd 6930 , was looking at a 3m rear mower ( mounted ) , but thinking it might take upto a 3.4m ? what are your opinions, bearing in mind we mainly mow hilly stuff! Also has front hitch so will add front mower one day maybe . Oh also straight disc mowers , no conditioner.

Cheers
It’ll play with 3.4m if no conditioner on
 

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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