National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 October 2016

An all expenses-paid trip to KUHN’s French headquarters and manufacturing site to present their ideas for a dream machine proved to be an amazing experience for four Young Farmers. 

Four members were invited on the trip after winning KUHN’s competition to design an innovative and imaginative new piece of farm machinery that would benefit modern farming systems.

The trip to Saverne in France involved presenting their concepts to the company’s head designers. They also enjoyed an insightful tour of the KUHN factory and observed how every piece of equipment is thoroughly tested and how to assemble mower blades correctly. 

One of the winners was unable to attend the trip so Sam Dilcock, AGRI Chair, went in their place. He said: “Thank you so much to KUHN and especially Siân Pritchard, managing director of KUHN Machinery, for arranging and hosting the trip and for her help with the competition and continued support for the NFYFC AGRI steering group.

“I would encourage all YFC members to look out for future Dream Machine competition opportunities and study tours. They are invaluable and a fantastic opportunity.”

ABOUT THE WINNING DESIGNS

Ben Robinson, Great Smeaton YFC in Yorkshire, won the Junior (under 16) category with his design for a trailed disc and tine cultivator for use on stony land. Ben’s design emphasis was to reduce cultivation costs by negating the need to power harrow. His machine is designed with two rows of sub-soiling tines, the second of which targets soil compaction caused by tractor wheels. Ben’s design also incorporates a final set of hydraulically operated press wheels which can double-up as transportation wheels.

Benjamin Sell from Brentwood YFC in Essex won in the Intermediate (under 21) class, for designing a bale spike capable of safely and securely loading or unloading between one and four mini Hesston bales. Having struggled to unload several hundred bales during last year’s harvest with an inadequate bale spike, Ben designed the new machine to make the loading and unloading process more efficient.

Ben intends to build his first prototype – which features an anti-topple frame for when the grab isn’t in use – ahead of this year’s harvest and hopes that his design will go on to help other livestock farmers and bale contractors.

In the Senior (under 26) class, Caroline Baker of Stockton YFC in County Durham designed a bale wrapper with an automatic film loading system. As a newly trained tractor driver, the weight of replacement film tubes prevented Caroline from operating a conventional bale wrapper. Her design solves this problem by using a revolving film storage conveyor with spring- loaded film holders to make films easy to load.

In the Associate (27 years and over) category, Daniel Webber from Withleigh YFC in Devon designed a ‘Rapid Wrap’ baler and wrapper combination.  Daniel’s machine combines a conventional large square baler with an adapted version of KUHN’s SW 4004 bale wrapper to produce one machine which bales and wraps in one. Daniel’s design is aimed at farmers and contractors looking to reduce the costs and time entailed in producing square bale haylage and silage, with an emphasis on maintaining bale quality and shape as part of a non-stop baling and wrapping process.





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