When livestock operation Scot Thai farms wanted to increase their productivity when baling rice straw, they looked no further than the New Holland BR6090 Roll-Bar™ baler and became the first owner of such a machine in Thailand.
Established in 2005, Scot Thai farms is a commercial beef operation situated in Amnnat Charoen province in Eastern Thailand. The company’s General Manager Phillip Taylor said: “The main focus of our machinery operations is to ensure that we have enough fodder to see us through the year. Although rice straw is plentiful in Thailand, producing quality bales of good quality straw isn’t always easy as a lot of the straw is burned after harvest as the landowner wants to plant a new crop as quickly as possible to achieve growing three crops per year. Having a dependable baler that can do the job makes all the difference in a time-critical environment such as this.”
No stranger to running agricultural machinery, Scot Thai is an advanced operation with a mixed fleet of equipment including a telehandler, rotary rake, seed drill and two round balers producing 85x90cm bales - which annually produce 500-1000 bales per year depending on the volume of straw available. The new BR6090 will go behind a 135HP tractor and produce bales that are 120x125cm in size. Their decision to upsize the baling equipment was taken to improve efficiencies in the field and reduce the amount of handling per tonne of the crop that the team had to do.
“Our 85x90cm bales have many uses in our operation and in the local community but the ability to produce larger, denser bales will help us to maximise our storage space and ensure the fodder lasts for many months,” commented Taylor. “When feeding the livestock, we will save time and diesel as the greater volume of crop per bale will mean that it will last longer resulting in fewer trips
to the feeder for our machinery,” added Taylor.
The baler in question, a BR6090 made in Płock, Poland, was chosen for its simple-yet-robust design which offers the ability to produce a well-formed, dense bale whilst being easy to operate
and maintain in the field.
Wiz Jupawang, New Holland Sales Specialist for Thailand, said: “We decided to offer the BR6090 as it is a robust, easy-to-operate baler that is ideally suited to the agricultural conditions in Thailand. The optional CropCutter™ system performs well in sugarcane trash, and the wide 2.0m pickup and strong rotor ensure that in paddy straw or corn stover, ground losses are kept to a minimum. Coupled with a simple-but-strong chain and bar bale forming system, the BR6090 is the ideal round baler for the Thai farmer.”
Scot Thai’s pioneering spirit has been matched by the spirit of New Holland, a brand of CNH Industrial. Determined to provide the Thai farmer with the very best products, the New Holland team in Thailand worked directly with Scot Thai farms to provide the operation with peace of mind
and support during the sales and commissioning process.
Phillip Taylor added: “I have been most impressed with the communication and knowledge transfer from the New Holland team, every time I have called them they have answered and whatever questions I asked they either knew the answer or got back to me quickly with the correct information.”
Emre Karazli, CNH Industrial business director for agriculture, Southeast Asia, Pakistan and Japan; added: “The sale of the very first BR6090 round baler into Southeast Asia is just another example of how New Holland’s pioneering spirit has continued to change the face of agriculture since the very first round baler was launched in 1974. In addition to the sales of our large square baler the BB890 and BB1270 and the local use of the small square baler the BC5060, this BR6090 proves that we are leading the pack in hay & forage equipment. In our 125th anniversary year, we are proud to be the reliable partner for every farmer in the region and will continue to build on our tradition of excellence.”