Early December 2010, saw James McCloy and Jo Foster – director's of EuroAgri, head off to Denmark – home of the Bredal and He-Va brand. They visited both the He-Va and Bredal manufacturing facilities – both very impressive factories using the latest technology.
One of the many highlights of the visit, was the three day agricultural trade fair at Agromek – northern Europe's largest agricultural trade fair, which is held every two years. James and Jo were amazed at the size of the show, which attracted over 37,ooo farmers, contractors and dealers that wondered through the 13 halls filled with machinery from Denmark and the UK. Both He-Va and Bredal were also present at the show. He-Va launched three new tillers at Agromek: the Euro-Tiller, the Front-Tiller and the Triple-Tiller – the Triple-Tiller taking the 2010 Agromek new product award.
James and Jo also braved the cold weather visiting many Danish contractors, and among others, a 500ha pig, mink and cereal farm. Mink farming is the third largest animal farming industry in Denmark, after pork and dairy. The mink farming produces almost 40% of the world's production – and this generates more than NZ$700million a year in exports. Because Denmark experiences thick snow for many months of the year with temperatures ranging from -8º to -13º temperatures, the animals are housed indoors for many months of the year.
A wonderful time was had by James and Jo – Bredal and He-Va were fantastic hosts making them feel right at home in their two week visit.
Danish-made Bredal variable rate fertiliser spreaders are known for their even and accurate spreading, and are one of the flagship products being distributed in New Zealand by Ashburton-based EuroAgri Imports.
The accuracy and durability of the tractor mounted F2 series and trailed, truck mounted or 3pt linkage K series on which the Bredal reputation is founded, is made possible by their double overlap spread pattern which gives spreading widths from 10 metres to 36 metres.
EuroAgri’s General Manager James McCloy says all the Bredal machines feature headland spreading, which keeps fertilizer out of waterways.
EuroAgri cuts out the middle man by dealing directly with the European exporters, and the fact that there are no extra links in the chain means very competitive pricing.
James McCloy says all the companies his business represents are family-owned so the communication chains between New Zealand and Europe are clear and direct.
With a 30 year background in agricultural machinery he says the machines EuroAgri supplies are all top end products, backed by local knowledge and experience, and promises a back up service second to none.
He says the aim is to maximise sustainability for future generations of New Zealand farmers, while offering the current crop the best products, the best parts and service backup, and the best value for money.
In addition to their new franchise brands, EuroAgri sells on behalf of owners who are upgrading. All used machinery is thoroughly inspected, transport can be arranged at competitive freight rates, and different marketing options can be arranged for individual machines.
EuroAgri has industry contacts throughout New Zealand and Europe, so if a buyer can’t find what they’re looking for, a simple phone call to EuroAgri may provide a solution
James McCloy says the key to EuroAgri’s service a small team of workers at the coal face, not a bunch of big city investors. They’ll demonstrate on site, and they can match the requirements of the user to the desired results. There’s also a huge stock of parts in stock.
Among the most popular Bredal models for contracting and large scale farming are the K series of wide belt spreaders, which come in both trailing and truck mounted versions, with hopper sizes from three tonnes to 15 tonnes.
The truck mounted spreaders are computer and the trailing spreaders are either computer or wheel drive.
The K series spreads all fertilizers, lime, chicken manure, sand and grit. Among the key features are a mechanical drive wheel, which detects the vehicle's speed and enables the application rate to be adjusted according to the forward speed.
Simple and robust, the drive wheel can be adjusted to suit different treads and wheel sizes
The spreading system on the trailing K series models is the SPC 4500-2 which uses a belt transmission in which two V belts transfer power from the tractors PTO to the spreading discs.
Belt transmission drives offer many advantages, including the absorption of shock loads by the belts without damaging the transmission. On the truck mounted models the drive is via a top drive hydraulic motor.
Models in the K series extend from the K40 which has a capacity of 3.6 cubic metres with extensions to the K125 which carries 14.3 cubic metres with extensions. The K 125 has a loading capacity of 15 tonnes and comes with standard computer control.
The Bredal F2 fertiliser spreader has a unique metering system which gives infinite accuracy with all fertilizer types regardless of speed. This is done through a rubber wheel driving on to the centre of the tractor wheel.
The F2 can also be electronically controlled via a Bredal Auto Control LH500 computer and load cells. This means small or large quantities of fertiliser can be applied, regulated and monitored directly from the drivers cab.
The Bredal F2 also features accurate headland spreading via the computer. It comes with a stainless steel hopper from 1,500 litre to 3,200 litre capacity.
Spreading is via twin discs rotating inwards driving a double overlap spread pattern from 10 metres to 36 metres.
For further information contact Hamish Wilson of EuroAgri at 027 228 9430 or James McCloy at 027 282 7606 or 03 307 7445.