Pride of place on the Case IH stand at this year’s National Ploughing Championships is the new generation Farmall C range, with six new four-cylinder models from 58hp to 107hp. Designed for livestock and smaller mixed farms, the tractors feature a low overall height, just 2.5m, and a tight 3.7m turning circle.
Three higher powered models join the range: the 86hp Farmall 85C, 99hp 95C and 107hp 105C. Meanwhile the existing Farmall 55C, 65C and 75C all get a little more power, thanks to the new 3.4-litre, four-cylinder, common-rail diesel engines that all six models share. Turbocharged and intercooled, these are also more economical than the 3.2litre power units which they replace.
Manufactured by FPT Industrial, a leading global supplier of engines, axles and transmissions, the new power units are equipped with Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (CEGR) technology. This lowers the temperature of the exhaust gases, then blends them with fresh air and returns the mixture to the cylinder to maximise combustion efficiency, meeting the new Stage 111B emission standards which come into force in 2015.
New Farmlift telehandlers
Appearing for the first time in Ireland, Case IH’s new Farmlift telescopic loaders combine compact dimensions, powerful engines and hydraulics with multi-functional capabilities. The six models range from the agile Farmlift 525 which is designed for use in low buildings and livestock housing to the Farmlift 935 which easily handles high and heavy lifting work. Power outputs range from 74hp (Farmlift 525) up to 143hp (Farmlift 635 and 742), with maximum lift heights from 5.7m to 9.6m.
Europe’s widest combine header
Case IH will also be showing the new 12.5m Case IH 3050 VariCut header for the first time in Ireland. Developed to match the requirements of 12m Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) systems, this unique header follows the trend towards ever-larger working widths and makes optimum use of the high threshing capacities of Case IH’s latest Axial-Flow combines.
Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) advice
Ross Macdonald, Case IH’s new Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Specialist will be on the stand to advise farmers about the latest technology and the benefits it can bring to their farm. “The vast majority of large arable farms now choose RTK-based AFS systems to achieve pinpoint-accurate guidance, and to control variable-rate seeding, fertiliser application and spraying,” says Ross.
“With a widening choice of AFS systems and competitive pricing, smaller mixed and grass-based farms can get great benefits from cost-effective entry-level systems to enhance the productivity of operations such as mowing and fertiliser spreading.”