Ideal bale formation
Finbarr Marshall and his son Barry run a busy tillage and dairy farm. They also have
a hay and straw business supplying round bales of hay and straw to a large customer
base in Cork and Kerry. For this reason, quality and efficiency are top priorities in their
business. They took delivery of a new New Holland BR7060 CropCutter™ baler two
years ago. They used to run other makes previously but have been happy with their
switch to New Holland as this is their third New Holland baler.
The baler is used for baling hay, straw and silage. Finbarr requires good output
reliability and top quality bales. The New Holland baler is fast and produces
an excellent bale. They have a lot of customers looking for chopped straw for
diet-feeders and the facility to produce different size bales is also an important
requirement of their baler. Their New Holland baler has an Edgewrap™ wrapping
system as standard. This allows them to spread the net over the outside of the bale
which is certainly is an added bonus! Finbarr and his son have a good relationship
with their local New Holland dealer, Shortens Garage in West Cork. As Finbarr
comments, “the guys at Shortens are there to look after their customers!”
he New Holland 850
which used patented
chain and slat design
was the first baler to
produce round bale silage.
In 1977, a Northumberland
farmer was the first to
make a 60% dry matter
silage bale. No other
baler at the time was able
to produce silage bales
successfully. This was
down to the chain and
slat design which was
aggressive in all conditions.
Following on from the
success of this, New
Holland developed the
predecessor to the BR6000
series in 1997 with the
chain and slat baler. The
predecessor of the BR7000
series stemmed from the
launch of the 650 Roll-
belt variable chamber in
The combination of
rollers and belts provided
outstanding bale shape
and density. With various
innovative product updates
over the last 20 years,
we now have the world-
renowned BR7000 series
producing high quality
bales in an hugely
We caught up with two
current users who tell us
why the current BR6000
and BR7000 series,
is a force to reckon with
in the baler market.
Heavy-duty engineering ensures that
the Roll Baler is extremely reliable
and it was designed to offer great
bale quality and uniformity
Since the birth of New Holland round balers
in the late sixties, New Holland has pioneered
round baler innovation
Any crop, any condition
Beef farmer David Honour has pyramids of bales around
his farm and all are baled using his New Holland BR6090.
David, from Fencot outside Oxford, has used the BR6090
for two seasons to bale for his own use although he does
sell bales from time to time.
On average he bales between 1000 – 1200 bales of silage
for his beef herd.
A further 7-800 bales of straw that’s bought on the flat
is baled. He bought the BR6090 from PA Turney Ltd.
My son works for Turneys but besides that, I wanted
to give the baler a try”.
He has no regrets since purchasing the baler. “It makes
a very good bale. It’s got a good wide pick up that feeds
well and I’ve no complaints with that. I like its ability
to pick up short stemmed stuff”. Some of the bales he has
sold also drew comments from customers. “They were
surprised on how tight the bales are,” says David.
Bale conformation is down to the number of roll bars
used. There are 34 heavy-duty roll bars in total and they
grip the crop and rotate the bale at approximately 26 rpm.
A heavy-duty floor roll provides a sure start for the bale,
supporting it and ensuring excellent appearance with good
weathering characteristics by gentle, but firm rotation
during the formation process. Even in difficult conditions
the Roll-Bar™ rotation bars, which become embedded
in the bale, ensure positive turning.
This allows the rolling of any crop, whatever its
condition, whatever the bale density required.
A large fixed steel floor roll with steel gripping slats
takes bale weight, and assists in bale rotation.
Over the past two seasons David has spent very
little on parts – “a couple of tines that’s all”.
I usually keep balers for 10 years before I decide to
sell them on”. The baler’s simplicity is what appeals
to David. With the wet weather we experienced
in 2012, underfoot conditions were soft.
The extra wide wheels on the BR6090 did help
in the wet conditions, in fact the tractor tyres were
leaving more of a mark than the baler!”