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New factory for New Holland CR11 combine

New factory for New Holland CR11 combine

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New factory for New Holland CR11 combine. January 25, 2024 3:00 pm

New factory for New Holland CR11 combine

New Holland CR11 combine. New Holland has been enjoying a good deal of show success with its latest CR11 combine which picked up a gold medal at Agritechnica as well as other design awards.

The new machine was designed at New Holland’s Centre of Harvesting Excellence in Zedelgem, Belgium, where it will also be produced.

The factory was established in the mid-1940s and was originally known as Werkhuzen Leon Claeys, later changed to Clayson, before New Holland purchased the company in 1964.

Clayson Combine harvester
New Holland kept the Clayson name on the combines for several years after the acquisition

Since that date, New Holland has been growing the facility which has become CNH’s de facto European combine centre, while Case IH tends to be the corporation’s American-orientated combine line.

However, the company itself never presents it as such, as it is keen to sell both brands into both markets, where each has its place.

Updated factory for CR11

As is often the case with major developments in models, the changes in the product go hand in hand with changes in the factory.

This was certainly the case with the CR11, as the factory has undergone a complete assembly line renovation.

New Holland CR11
The CR11 was first shown in gold livery at Agritechnica in 2023

This government-supported investment in modernisation has seen the introduction of automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), which have replaced the traditional assembly line, allowing more flexibility in the manufacturing process, which the company claims, significantly improves efficiency.

In a bid to open up the manufacturing process to the both the public and its customer base, visitors to Zedelgem can now observe the full production process thanks to a new factory tour format, which provides full visibility of production.

Taking the legacy forward

The new CR11 build is the next move on from the current New Holland flagship combine, the
CR10.90, which currently holds the world record for the most wheat harvested in eight hours
which stands at 797.656t, set in 2014.

New Holland combine
A new styling for the updated CR range was also unveiled at Agritechnica

Looking forward, the 50th anniversary of the introduction of New Holland Twin Rotor technology, which uses two longitudinal rotors to thresh and separate grain from straw and chaff, will occur in 2025.

The company feels that the method has become part of New Holland’s DNA and the new CR11 has this system at its heart to meet the ever increasing demand for greater capacity, minimal grain
loss and maximum protection of grain quality.


Dairy Council NI launches latest fact book on sustainability

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January 25, 2024 2:30 pm

Dairy Council NI launches latest fact book on sustainability

The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland (DCNI) has launched the final publication in its EU Sustainable Dairy Fact Book series.

The publication centres around the theme ‘Data in Action’, highlighting the important role data plays across the dairy sector in making informed decisions to boost sustainability, lower emissions and improve efficiency.

The fact book was produced as part of the EU Sustainable Dairy Campaign, a multi-country European Milk Forum promotion programme to highlight the positive role of the dairy sector for climate action and the environment.

Chief executive of the Dairy Council NI, Ian Stevenson commented:

“As we mark the end of the EU Sustainable Dairy programme with the launch of the sixth and final Sustainable Dairy Fact Book, we can reflect on the leadership and progress made to date, and highlight the hard work and dedication of farmers and dairy processors in tackling climate change.

“Over the past six years, these publications have been a vehicle for sharing stories from across the dairy supply chain, profiling 12 local farmers, sharing initiatives from the three main dairy processing companies and featuring cutting-edge research and scientific knowledge from AFBI [Agri-Food and BioSciences Institute], CAFRE [College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise] and DAERA [Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs of Northern Ireland].

“The outlook is positive for the future sustainability of the sector. Our farmers and processors are following evidence-based guidance from the department and from knowledge and research institutions such as CAFRE and AFBI, investing in new technologies, dedicated sustainability resources and implementing new processes all with the aim of being more sustainable.

“However, as a sector we are aware of the challenges ahead in relation to achieving net zero and lowering emissions and funding support will be needed from government to drive enhanced investment in sustainability initiatives,” he added.

CEO of Dairy Council for Northern Ireland, Ian Stevenson

“There doesn’t need to be a trade-off, both sustainability and profitability should, and can, live in coexistence.”

Fact book

The fact book spotlights the recent collaboration between DCNI and the RSPB on the publication of ‘A Short Guide to Nature Positive Dairy Farming’.

This report is the first of its kind and provides a comprehensive roadmap towards nature friendly practices within the dairy sector.

One chapter outlines the success of the carbon modelling Arc Zero programme led by Prof. John Gilliland OBE, which aims to measure and manage carbon flows at an individual farm level, improving efficiency and in turn profitability on farm.

The fact book also features a case study on Darren McCormick’s farm outside Bessbrook, focusing on Darren’s participation in the Carbon Benchmarking Programme and the Soil Nutrient Health Scheme and how the knowledge gained has contributed to his on-farm decision making.

It also features a discussion between farmers John Oliver from Limavady, Aldergrove’s Mark Blelock and David Thompson from Sion Mills, on the challenges faced by farmers in relation to environmental sustainability and the long-term sustainability of the sector more generally.

Environmental sustainability

The Dairy Council for NI said that in the past 33 years, the carbon intensity of milk production has decreased from an average of 1,927g of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent per kilogram of Energy Corrected Milk (ECM) in 1990, to 1,214g in 2021, with milk production expanding by 92% in that timeframe.

The council added that the dairy sector in Northern Ireland makes a huge contribution to the local economy, worth almost £1.5 billion annually.

It said that the sector also sustains the livelihoods of around 3,200 dairy farming families and over 2,200 employees of dairy processors around Northern Ireland, producing “nutritious, high quality and affordable food with our farmers acting as custodians of the natural environment”.

The EU Sustainable Dairy Programme is a three year European funded multi-country programme to disseminate facts and solutions on dairy sector sustainability.

Other participating countries are Belgium, France, Denmark, and Ireland.

Also Read: Bluetongue will ‘devastate the sheep industry’ if not controlled early

Plans continue to reduce number of RVLs to four

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Colm Ryan

January 25, 2024 2:15 pm

Plans continue to reduce number of RVLs to four

Efforts to reduce the number of Regional Veterinary Laboratories (RVLs) in Ireland appear to be continuing, while the development of carcass collection points is getting underway.

Seamus Fagan, a veterinary research officer at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) RVL in Athlone provided a progress update while speaking at the Teagasc National Sheep Conference held in Athlone, Co. Westmeath earlier this week (Tuesday, January 23).

Fagan said that the location of RVLs can mean some farmers may have difficulty in bringing samples they require to be tested in a reasonable time.

“People can’t really afford to travel for much more than an hour to get to us.”

However, Fagan said that efforts are being made to address this, through the development of carcass collection points across the country.

Fagan confirmed that by the time the carcass collection points are developed, the number of RVLs will “be down to four labs then,” adding that the RVLs in “Cork and Limerick will amalgamate”.

Rregional Veterinary Labs

Fagan referred to areas of Co. Wicklow, north Donegal, Co. Galway, Co. Mayo, and Co. Kerry, which he called “all big sheep regions,” but he said that these areas were currently “all outside” the areas serviced by RVLs.

He acknowledged that a “lot of the sheep population is not that well served at the minute by the regional vet labs”.

Creating the carcass collection points, Fagan said, is “the plan that we are slowly working on” and added that “like everything, it’s taking longer than it should”.

Fagan showed a map at the conference that detailed where the six carcass collection points would be; in Co. Donegal, Co. Mayo, Co. Kerry, Co. Limerick, Co. Cavan, and Co. Dublin.

Current RVL locations:

  • Co. Sligo;
  • Co. Cork;
  • Athlone, Co. Westmeath;
  • Co. Limerick;
  • Co. Kilkenny;
  • Abbotstown, Co. Dublin.

Fagan added that the proposed carcass collection points will be positioned “so that you can bring your sheep or dead animals there and we’ll transport them” to one of four RVLS in the future.

The veterinary research officer said the positioning of the carcass collection points will “hopefully…cover a lot of the big sheep areas” in the country.

Also Read: How sheep farmers can improve flock performance


A comprehensive guide to a productive lambing season

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January 23, 2024 10:12 am

A comprehensive guide to a productive lambing season

Lambing shed with pedigree Turret Charolais sheep and lambs on Katie Shanahan’s farm in Leap. Image source: Andy Gibson

With the lambing season on the horizon, the Shanahan family, where farmer and social media influencer Katie Shanahan is a prominent member, readies themselves for the busy period on their west Cork farm.

Renowned for overseeing both commercial and pedigree Charolais ewes, alongside a thriving suckler herd, Katie imparts her insights into the preparation, management, and optimisation of the upcoming lambing season.

Well-regarded in the agricultural community, Katie contributes part-time to the family farm, while working full-time with farm management company, Herdwatch in the marketing department.

Katie Shanahan. Image source: Pat Calnan

Katie said: “We have been using Herdwatch on the farm for over 4 years and I always loved the simplicity of the app, when the opportunity arose to work for such a well-developed and exciting agri-tech company, I knew it would be a role I would love.

“My life has always revolved around farming, and working for Herdwatch allows me to work day-to-day in the industry I love, with a product I am passionate about.”

Preparation for lambing season and the role of agri-technology

Katie emphasised the importance of meticulous preparation before, during and after lambing, acknowledging the significant impact it can have on the well-being of both ewes and lambs.

With the pedigree flock commencing lambing in early January, artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET) methods are commonly used, reducing the lambing down period on the farm.

The Shanahan family, comprising of Katie, her brother Eamon, and father Raymond, engages in all-hands-on-deck efforts during the busy lambing days and nights.

Highlighting the challenges of managing a farm alongside full-time jobs, Katie underscores the role of agri-technology and software in maintaining a productive operation.

The Herdwatch App simplifies record-keeping, especially with ET and AI breeding methods.

Katie said: “Being able to scan the ewes’ EID tags and attach the details of the genetic dam and sire from the ease of my phone makes things so much easier.”

The app facilitates real-time tracking of sheep during lambing, ensuring seamless communication among family members.

Katie walks us through the crucial steps of pre-lambing care, emphasising the vital role of nutrition in the final weeks of gestation.

Underfeeding can lead to various complications, including higher lamb mortalities and susceptibility to diseases.

Katie introduces concentrates into the ewes’ diet in late pregnancy, compensating for the reduction in good-quality grass due to adverse weather conditions.

Research indicates that 70% of lamb growth occurs in the final six weeks of pregnancy.

Lambing is a pivotal time for a sheep farm, and adequate preparation is essential.

Katie suggests ensuring well-prepared lambing facilities, including hay racks, water sources, and meal containers in each pen.

The introduction of lambing cameras to the yard has proven transformative, allowing the Shanahan family to monitor their operation remotely.

(l-r) Jim Murphy, Frank Gibbons, Raymond Shanahan, Eamon Shanahan, Aibhlin Barry, Katie Shanahan. Image source: Mullagh Photography

Katie expresses the freedom granted by Herdwatch and other agri-tech aspects, such as their cameras.

“We are not constantly tied down to the farm between paperwork and lambing,” she said.

Lambing season

Katie details how the Herdwatch app streamlines record keeping, Katie records all births on the farm for both sheep and suckler enterprises in seconds through the app. New factory for New Holland CR11 combine

“Whether you’re creating a lambing record or registering a calf, it’s done in seconds from anywhere on the farm through my phone,” Katie said.

Additionally, Katie discusses the app’s role in maintaining a productive flock by reviewing breeding records and making informed decisions, especially when it comes to culling problematic ewes. New factory for New Holland CR11 combine

It is always important to look back after the breeding season to make decisions going forward.

Katie highlighted how they can use Herdwatch to check previous records on breeding ewes from her phone in the yard and make informed decisions regarding culling.

“It’s handy because we have all our treatments recorded in the app and we can use the culling tool to highlight problematic ewes for culling,” she added.

Katie’s guide to creating a lambing record on Herdwatch:

  • Tap on the orange ‘plus’ button (+);
  • Tap on ‘lambing record’;
  • Tap on ewe who’s lambed;
  • Fill in the required details – here Katie can select ’embryo transfer’ and select ‘genetic dam’.
  • Tap the ‘next’ button and this will bring you on to fill in the details of each lamb;
  • Fill out the gender – if they have been tagged, you can put it in their tag number. If not, they will be recorded with a lambing number;
  • Once details are filled in for each lamb, press the ‘save’ button.