In this month’s regular column from CEJA – the European Council of Young Farmers – we caught up with Alan Jagoe, the organisation’s recently-elected new President to tell us more about himself, his vision for young farmers and the role of CEJA.
MF: Congratulations on your appointment! Can you tell us a little about your background?
AJ: Thank you! I’m delighted and honoured to be elected to the role and to be able to continue the great work of my predecessor, Matteo Bartolini. I’ve been a CEJA Vice-President for the last two years and worked closely with Matteo during that time. Prior to that, I was President of the Macra na Feirme, the Irish Young Farmers organisation. As for my agricultural interests, I run a 200 ha farm in County Cork, Ireland focused on dairy and cereals.
MF: What drew you to the Young Farmers’ movement and why is it important?
AJ: As with most people, for me, it started with the desire to enjoy the social aspect – the fellowship, trying new things, going to new places, having new experiences. Then it moved on from there when I became involved on the policy side and the drive to get a good deal for young farmers. It is absolutely crucial that we have a strong and vibrant young farmer organisation. We are priming our members to be future farming leaders and the movement gives them the opportunity to experience everything that this entails.
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As a demonstration of our commitment to delivering exceptional aftersales service, AGCO Parts are once again running the highly regarded AGCO Harvest Promise programme during the 2015 harvest season*.
“Our unique AGCO Harvest Promise is our commitment that, in the exceptional situation where we can’t deliver critical parts** within 24 hours***, then AGCO will pay for a contractor to step in and harvest your crop until you’re up and running again****” says Falk Seidenfaden, Director Global and EAME Harvesting Parts.
This Harvest Promise assurance has been added to the great range of services, products and back-up already available through AGCO’s industry-leading aftersales support. AGCO makes major investments to deliver this exceptional Aftersales service. Our technical training schemes ensure that every Dealer technician knows your harvesting machine inside out. Our Dealers also have access to AGCO’s vast stocks of genuine replacement parts which are shipped using cutting-edge logistics. All of this is driven by one single goal – to keep you harvesting when your crop is ready to be harvested. Without compromise.
The programme is available in certain markets for specified current production harvesting machines. To register for the programme contact your local Massey Ferguson Dealer.
*The 2015 Harvest Promise programme is available 1st May to 31st October 2015 for registered machines only
**Your dealer can advise which parts are classified by AGCO as ‘critical’
***48 hours for offshore islands
****Maximum refund amounts apply; €3,500 for combines and €2,000 for large square balers
Along with two new MF Activa models, Massey Ferguson is further enhancing the specifications and features on its combine harvester range to improve operation and performance for the 2016 season.
“We are now really seeing the benefits of AGCO’s recent significant investment in the harvesting facility at Breganze in Italy. This has introduced state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and equipment that are further enhancing quality and reliability,” says Adam Sherriff Manager Marketing Massey Ferguson.
“Customers are now also gaining from the investment in Europe’s most modern combine paint facility. This superior finish improves durability and increases the residual value of the combines,” he adds.
Faster unloading for MF Activa S combines
For the 2016 season MF Activa S, five or six straw-walker combines, will be equipped with a longer discharge auger providing faster unloading speeds.
Models with the Multi Crop Separator have a 5m long auger and unload at 105 litres/sec, while those without have a 4.5m long auger and unloading speeds of 85 litres/sec. The sectional concave, which can be changed through the stone trap, is now is a factory-fit option that increases threshing versatility in range of crops.
ParaLevel option for two-wheel drive combines
The unique Massey Ferguson ParaLevel system is now available as an option on two-wheel drive versions of the MF Beta 7360 PL and MF Beta 7370 PL combines.
The cost effective ParaLevel system will benefit farms, which have slight slopes up to 15% and rolling land, to improve output and grain sample without the need to invest in four-wheel drive.
ParaLevel also offers the distinct advantage of still allowing wide tyres up to 800/65 R 32s to be fitted and remain within 3.5m width for transport on the MF 7360 Beta.
AgCommand hardware standard on Massey Ferguson Beta combines
Massey Ferguson Beta combines are now supplied with the AgCommand telemetry hardware as standard. Options now also included a new Rockinger trailer hitch and factory-fit Sectional concave.
All MF Activa and MF Beta Flatland Combines are available with wear resistant components as well as in rice specification for added flexibility and, if necessary, without the straw chopper.
New Generation 9.2m wide PowerFlow header
Massey Ferguson is introducing a New Generation 9.2m (30ft) wide version of the PowerFlow header, equipped with the same SuperFlow auger first seen on the 10.74m wide version. At 762mm in diameter, the auger provides 41% more working area than any other design.
This offers unrivalled crop collection from the moving belts with a superb, even ‘heads first’ feed into the elevator. PowerFlow is proven to increase output in oilseed rape up to 70% and boost performance in other crops.
MF Centora eight straw-walker Combines and the MF Delta Hybrid machines are now fitted with a new yield meter, two central greasing points one on each side of the machine, as well as additional work lights and remote power points. A host of other small changes have been introduced to increase durability and for better operational efficiency.
Massey Ferguson is launching two new combines for the 2016 season – the new MF Activa 7340 combine, which is powered by the latest, highly advanced four cylinder engine and the six cylinder powered, MF Activa 7344.
The MF Activa 7340 combine is powered by the latest and most advanced 176hp, AGCO Power 4.9 litre, four cylinder engine, employing pioneering engine technology to boost power density. This enables the four cylinder engine to deliver unrivalled performance to improve efficiency and economy.
“It’s been a long time since a combine has been powered by a four cylinder engine,” says Adam Sherriff, Manager Marketing Massey Ferguson. “This offers the operating benefits of a six cylinder, but in a lighter, smaller package.”
The large displacement, 4.9 litre four valve/cylinder engine features Fourth Generation common rail fuel injection and controls and employs maintenance free SCR technology to meet the latest emissions standards with low fuel consumption.
With the engine comes a new CANbus linked control panel in the cab. This colour screen shows a range of engine and combine operating information.
A new ‘sectional’ concave, which can be changed through the stone trap, further improves the versatile combine’s harvest quality in a range of crops. This allows operators to quickly and easily switch the front section of the concave to, for example, a wider maize unit without the need to remove the elevator.
Six cylinder MF Activa 7344 with PowerFlow header
The new MF Activa 7344, which replaces the MF Activa 7244 is now available with the option of a 5.5m wide PowerFlow header. This brings the benefits of this output enhancing cutterbar to users of smaller combines, providing unparalleled performance in oilseed rape, while improving cutting and output in a wide range of crops.
“PowerFlow is proven to boost output by up to 73% in oilseed rape, 15% in wheat and 12% in barley. It is also particularly useful in difficult conditions, helping farmers secure more of their harvest, more quickly,” explains Mr Sherriff.
The existing range of FreeFlow cutterbars, with Terra control auto-levelling option, is still available in widths from 4.2m to 6.6m.
The five straw-walker MF Activa 7344 is powered by a new advanced 218hp AGCO Power 7.4 litre, six cylinder engine. This durable, fuel efficient and powerful engine is set to precisely deliver the torque and response required for efficient performance when combine harvesting.
The new MF Activa 7344 also benefits from the same drum and concave with independent adjustment as the MF Activa 7340. It also benefits from the Active Rear Beater Concave, for optimum threshing in a wide variety of crops and conditions.
The combine harvester features the same new, multi-function lever and terminal as the MF Activa 7340 and is topped off with new styling. This follows the Massey Ferguson Combine family feel with a new cab roof, grey upper part and a new rear straw hood. A wider flanged Rockinger trailer hitch is another new option.
The new Massey Ferguson ProCut system for MF 2200 Series large square balers introduces unique clamp-on rotor fingers and a range of new features to deliver a huge increase in capacity with a finer, uniform chop while also offering superb service access.
The 650mm diameter ProCut rotor is equipped with 26mm wide hard-faced, cast steel fingers, which are made in three sections – each clamping onto the centre tube – and held in place with bolts.
This unique mounting allows rotor finger sections to be replaced easily, saving time and maintaining optimum performance.
New Quad Augers, on each side, provide a consistent feed to the rotor. These increase capacity and ensure unrestricted, even feeding.
ProCut knives are mounted in a full-width, drop-down bed and are held in a ‘magazine’, which rolls out completely to the left-hand side on Easy Glide roller bearings, providing best-in-class access for servicing.
No tools are required. Simply releasing a catch after lowering the knife bed allows the whole magazine to roll out to one side, providing unrivalled access to the knife bank for servicing and maintenance.
Knives are spaced evenly 43.5mm apart across the bed, providing a fine, consistent chop. Made from 4mm thick tungsten hardened steel, the knives have a new serrated edge design to stay sharper longer and help cut power consumption. Simply releasing a locking pin makes it easy to lift out and change the knives.
Two hydraulically selectable knife banks in the magazine allow operators to quickly engage or disengage the knives and change chop lengths. Both knife banks are fitted with hydraulic protection. This uses an accumulator on each side that allow each knife bank fold back against the hydraulic pressure to let foreign objects to pass through.
The driveline on Massey Ferguson ProCut balers has been strengthened to handle the higher capacity it now provides, with all six-string models (making 120cm wide bales) driven through a new gearbox. The slip clutch can now also transmit 35% more torque.
Other changes include a new slip clutch and a revised cam track design for the pick-up, which gathers the swath more effectively and now be standard on all Massey Ferguson large square balers.
The ProCut system is controlled by the ISObus compatible C1000 terminal, which now includes buttons for knife control as well as pressure overrides.
ProCut is available on the MF 2240*, MF 2250, MF 2260, MF 2270 and MF 2270 XD. (*MF 2240 is not available in all markets).