How to simplify farming – the Bien Donné Expo

The annual Bien Donné Agricultural Expo in the Western Cape,
hosted by the Agricultural Research Centre, is known for showcasing the latest and the best machinery and equipment, intended to make farmers’ jobs easier. Joe Spencer was there.
Issue date : 30 January 2009

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Frans Joubert of Conquip has sold over 40 Bunning manure spreaders in the Western Cape. Heavy-duty spreaders like this are making inroads locally, and those from GT Bunning & Sons in Dereham, Norfolk, are renowned for their quality and field performance. This is the Heavy Duty Mark 2 Lowlander with a carrying capacity of 15t. Conquip also imports and distributes the Bunning range of vacuum slurry tankers.

IrriGator Products (Pty) Ltd, based in Brackenfell in the Cape, manufactures and distributes a wide range of durable irrigation products including the GeeJet series of mini sprinklers and sprayers. Twelve colour-coded nozzles provide discharge rates from 20â„“/hr to 350â„“/hr and a range of swivels give coverage within a 1,2m to 6m radius. The VeeJet series consists of vibrating micro sprinklers, ideal for closely spaced applications.

Steenberg farmer Richard Brummer has, through his company Farmer’s Utilities, imported another shipment of these very popular shearing machines. The last batch went so quickly he has outstanding orders. Two models are available – the 240V model (right) or the much lighter 12V model complete with transformer. Both come with a carry case.

IT company Cropsystems provides management solutions for the South African farming industry. Shrinking water resources and changing legislation make efficient use of irrigation water imperative. Cropsystems makes available an integrated and affordable decision support package to aid in the timing and optimised application of fungicides, insecticides and water. Remote telemetry networks enable access to site-specific data at all times. This weather station measures temperature, relative humidity, rainfall and global radiation. An anemometer to register wind speed and direction can be added.

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Contact Auriel Mitchley at Farmer’s Weekly on (011) 889 0796 or e-mail [email protected]