Attendees at the Farm Progress Show held in Boone, Iowa, were the first to view the New Holland MegaCutter 533, fully mounted disc mower conditioner — and it is big!
Jordan Milewski, New Holland crop cutting product marketing manager, says, “The big cutting width on this machine is 33-and-a-half feet wide.” He explained, this means you can cut a lot more hay in a day and that makes your other equipment more efficient.
“It’s about having the capacity matched to the capacity of these large self propelled forage harvesters,” Milewski says. He goes on to say, you need to get the most out of your harvester, “It’s really important to have enough acres down to make that forage harvester pay.” (story continues below)
Matching your equipment to your needs is also an important consideration. Another, is getting quality feed up in a timely manner. Milewski says, “If I can go into a fifty acre field and knock it down very, very quickly it’s going to dry down that material very, very quickly, so when I come through and chop it and pack it in the bunk the material consistency is going to be there, to make the highest quality forage possible.”
Milewski says, there’s a big return on investment when you have high quality feed. “Its going to improve your animal health (in the long run, meaning more) milk in the tank, or pounds of gain on the beef animal — it’s really important to have capacity for the best return on investment.”