New Holland – A History of Excellence in Farm Equipment

When you buy a New Holland manure spreader, you are buying a piece of history. Known for their workmanship, quality construction materials, and durability, these machines are respected by farming experts around the world. With over 235 years of developing some the most respected farm machinery in the world, few things can compare to a New Holland manure spreader.

New Holland History

New Holland was started in 1885 in Pennsylvania by local blacksmith Abram Zimmerman. Zimmerman almost immediately specialized in producing a durable line of agricultural equipment. New Holland was one of the first companies on the east coast to mass produce manure spreaders at the beginning of the 20th century. By the 1940s and 50’s, there is a New Holland dealership in just about every region in North America.

By 1994 through a series of acquisitions and mergers, their manure spreader parts and machinery are being sold by New Holland dealers in 24 countries around the world. And many still consider it to be one of the leading producers of New Holland manure spreaders in Europe, Asia, and parts of Latin America.

Famous for their guarantee of quality and strength, New Holland is considered one of the world’s best makers of farm and industrial equipment. Best known for their popular M2000 New Holland manure spreader series; these spreaders can lay down huge amounts of manure or compost in a hurry, requiring less time hauling loads back and forth to the fields.

New Holland manure spreaders are prized not only for their smart design features, which makes them comfortable to handle but also for their reliability and long life. Every box spreader is constructed with a rock-solid high-density poly floor with poly-plywood sides.

All construction materials are designed to withstand the harshest of weather conditions, resist corrosion and yet remain smooth and slippery so that any heavy muck and manure can be easily distributed from the rear of the spreader with less force.

The whole box or bin is attached to a heavy-duty, channel-iron frame with an integrated hitch. High strength twin beam axles with oversize axle pivots give the entire spreader a much smoother ride which allows you to top-dress a field quickly and evenly without being bounced to death.

Like many New Holland spreaders, the M2000 series uses a durable T-Bar chain system for it beater-shredder and apron system this allows the unit to withstand the stress of processing numerous heavy loads of packed waste material day after day.

Manure spreading is vital, but not something everyone wants to do, so be ready to spend a bit extra on improving the overall manure spreading experience. Every New Holland spreader comes with a mounting for their official speakers and also supports some non-New Holland outdoor weatherproof speakers or you can simply go for the wireless option.

This model of New Holland spreader has both an upper and lower beater system, which makes certain that all oversize pieces of manure or bedding are broken down, making it easier to spread evenly and fast.

Of course, there are other models of New Holland manure spreader available for both smaller and larger operations but by examining these features of these popular workhorses of the New Holland line, you can easily see why this company is one the largest of its types in the industry.

Using modern day technology to monitor the movements of your herd

Recent years have seen a huge boom in technology. While I am an avid believer that technology is taking over the lives of the youth – I do believe it has its place.

I don’t know about all of you but I have struggled to keep up with the times as I often feel a bit overwhelmed with all this technology. At first, I was completely against the use of any tech equipment to help around the ranch but have since seen the light.

Keeping track of large bloodstock on a ranch that is over 3000 acres big can prove to be problematic. Previously we ensured that all our paddocks were split into 30 acres but with growth came change. The cost of maintaining fencing and setting up these “smaller” paddocks became astronomical. Trying to maintain rotational grazing when you have over 200 horses is enough to do your nut in. Add a wet season and you have a problem. Separating broodmares from the yearlings and stallions is also quite time-consuming.

Solution? We have kitted out our ranch with night vision gear and trail cameras. The trail cameras are easy to mount on the fencing and trees and the Nightgear is used when doing a patrol/checking on stock when there is an issue. Most of our mares who are due to foal are brought in and kept close to our homestead but the rest are turned out. We have a young colt herd and a “Bachelors” herd. Unfortunately a few years back we had an incident where one of the camps were trashed (a tree collapsed) and flattened the fence line between two camps. We used to keep a stallion with a couple of mares as we felt this was more natural. Although a freak accident, it allowed two stallions from different herds to come in contact. Unfortunately, we discovered this too late and had to euthanize one of the stallions as he received a bad kick to his stifle rendering him permanently lame.

It is an accident that shouldn’t have happened that left me gutted.

The trail cameras can be accessed remotely/wirelessly so we can check on them just about any time. Obviously, we have to set up a couple of them per paddock but it is far easier to install them than it is to move around the stock. As they are set up in grids I can keep track of their movements and locate their position. It has made viewings easier as well.

This is just a small step towards the implementation of tech on our ranch. It takes this pops a while to warm up to change but I am looking forward to implementing more items and becoming more tech savvy.

The use of technology might not be for everyone. To a degree, it does rob us from the valuables the ranch has to offer but to be honest, this pops has limited time and if there is one thing this has save – It is time.

Compact Fertilizer Spreaders We Use on Our Horse Farm

Compact Fertilizer

This article provides an overview of organic garden pest control that discourages the pests from eating your vegetables while minimizing the negative impact on the environment. Chemical fertilizers are avoided in organic gardens to protect the environment but this could be negated if you use pesticides to destroy the garden pests. With integrated pest management you not only save the environment but you also save on expenses because you do not need to purchase chemical sprays. Some of the organic garden pest control strategies include the use of natural substances with strong smells, fumes and heat, plants that emit odors and gases that discourage pests, natural soap, and oil.

The Usual Suspects

A usual target for do it yourself pest control in your organic garden are the ants primarily because they care for aphids, whiteflies, scales and mealy bugs for the production of honeydew. The problem is that these insects are harmful to the vegetables in your garden. Some ants have painful bites that may be lethal during certain cases and some are capable of destroying wood by cutting out holes in it for their nests. Other pests that should be the target for your organic garden pest control activities include earwigs, fleas, deer, birds, caterpillars, aphids, mealy bugs, gophers, mildew, mold, mice, opossums, moles, slugs, scales, spider mites, snails, voles, thrips, and whitefly.

The Organic Approach

  • Garlic Fire Spray or Garlic Oil – The most common non-toxic spray for home remedy pest control in your garden is the garlic fire spray, which is usually made of some or all of the following ingredients: chili peppers, garlic, kerosene, vegetable oil, soap and water.Note:
    The garlic fire spray could be used to kill ants but borax can also be used to poison them. However, it should be noted than in the UK and in the European Community, the use of these home-made sprays as pesticides if they have not been authorized for such application is prohibited by law.
  • Fish Fertilizer – Aside from the above components, fish fertilizer may also be utilized to discourage certain pests, including caterpillars, mites and nematodes.
  • Elder Spray – Elder spray can be utilized to kill small caterpillars and aphids. It can also act as a fungicide for blackspot and mildew on roses.
  • Bracken Spray – The bracken spray can be used to kill blackflies except for the cherry blackfly.
  • Nettle Spray – The nettle spray can be used for various insects, particularly aphids and the celery leaf miner.
  • Horsetail Tea – Horsetail tea can be applied for the control of rust on celery and mildew on strawberries.
  • Seaweed Spray – Seaweed spray is a fungicide and insecticide and it can discourage pests if sprayed on foliage.
  • Rhubarb Spray – Rhubarb spray is also effective against aphids because of the oxalic acid content in its leaves.
  • Insect Soap – The soap need to be sprayed on the actual pests. This will basically remove a protective barrier around the the pest which will lead to them dying.

When you are engaging in this kind of pest control do not forget to focus on spot treatments instead of spraying the whole garden. The principle is to determine the pest that you want to control and then take advantage of its own biology to destroy them. So identity the pest you are dealing with and then take the appropriate action.