Lots to do at fodder conference

September 22, 2017

AFIA Conference 2017 - AFIA chairman Frank McRae, AFIA chief executive officer John McKew, Dr Jonathon Reich, from Alforex Seeds in the USA, RIRDC chair Kay Hull and John Russell, from AGCO/Massey Ferguson Australia at the conference.

Massey Ferguson's new ultra-high density baler, the MF2370UHD.

The Australian Fodder Industry Association’s 2017 National Fodder Conference was held last month on the Gold Coast, with the machinery on show generating interest.

With a theme of ‘Feeding Innovation, Growing Success’, delegates were treated to an outstanding program of speakers who shared information and expertise on a wide range of topics over the three days.

Massey Ferguson, as major conference sponsor, displayed a world-first appearance of its new ultra-high density baler, the MF2370UHD.

This generated a lot of interest, parked on the lawn among a range of other equipment from Krone, New Holland, John Deere, Lely, JCB and Manitou.

Invergordon hay contractor Luke Felmingham said the Massey Ferguson baler was of interest to him, as he learned about updates and found out a release date.

‘‘They are releasing two prototypes in Australia for season 2018,’’ Mr Felmingham said.

He was also interested in the new Gazeeka Weather Box, which shows the Fire Danger Index during baling and harvesting and Delta T (acceptable spraying conditions) during spraying.

‘‘It alerts you, by text, when the perfect conditions you have set for harvesting are met,’’ Mr Felmingham said.

On the event’s final day, delegates heard from Meat & Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia on the situation and outlook for the red meat and dairy industries.

Following these presentations, Andy Sheppard from the CSIRO spoke about the future opportunities for using gene technology in pest and weed management.

The National Fodder Conference returns to South Australia in 2018 to the Adelaide Convention Centre from August 6 to 8.

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