Agricultural Contractor, Littleport, Cambridgeshire
Dean Bartram runs three Massey Ferguson large square balers – two MF 2290s and an MF 2190 - as part of a farm contract business that employs nine full-time staff, serving an area within a 60 mile radius of the company’s base at Littleport in the Cambridgeshire Fens.
This year, Dean expects to bale close to 4,000ha of wheat, barley and oilseed rape straw, plus miscanthus, producing a total of more than 35,000 large square bales, around 85 per cent of which will be used for biomass power production. The remainder will be sold for use as animal bedding.
“Our contract business has been using large square balers since the early ‘90s and we have established good, dependable outlets for the straw,” commented Dean. “We get on well with Massey Ferguson balers which have proved reliable, packing a high density bale of consistent shape and size.
“The longer bale chamber and revised back doors on the latest MF 2290 help produce an even better shaped, denser bale than before while the large flotation tyres available for the tandem axle model help minimise marking and compaction when working on soft ground.
“I like the fact that the very last big bale we produce in a field is invariably the same size, shape and weight as the first, promoting safer and more convenient handling and transport.”