While there has been a shift in baling formats in recent years, there is still a niche market for small square hay bales.
Producers had the opportunity to attend demonstrations of Arcusin’s bale-handling equipment at Stanhope, Elmore, Horsham and Forbes in NSW in August and September.
The demonstrations formed part of an annual bale-handling road trip organised by James Fitzpatrick from ACF Equipment Suppliers, the distributor for Australia, who was also accompanied by a tech support representative and a sales representative from the Arcusin factory in Spain.
Mr Fitpzpatrick said the small square bales continued to be in demand for specialist industries including thoroughbred studs.
He said hay producers were finding they could increase their return per tonne by focusing on making quality hay in the smaller bales.
The Arcusin Multi-pack C14 was demonstrated in the Goulburn Valley and small bale producers were able to witness the multi-pack produce a pack of up to 14 small square bales. Customers were also able to see the compaction of the bale packs and ease of transport and storage with trailer loading specifications also new for 2017.
An Arcusin Auto Stack FSX was also demonstrated at Horsham, providing solutions for handling large square bales more efficiently. The Auto Stack, which requires just one operator, features easy and safe unloading while producing a neat stack of bales.
The demonstrations illustrated to customers the potential to move bales off the field 75 per cent faster than traditional processes and equipment.
‘‘There is less handling of bales and reduced risk of contamination of the product,’’ Mr Fitzpatrick said.
‘‘Arcusin equipment reduces labour costs and can provide savings of both time and money.
‘‘Customers find it attractive to have a quality, affordable piece of equipment in their operation that offers maximum productivity due to the process of only handling the bale once.’’
ACF supports the product with tech support and spare parts assistance throughout the year, and provides enhanced contact with factory tech support during harvest season.