Unlocking the Full Potential of Forage with Kverneland Implements

To increase productivity with silage making at Nether Blairock Farm in Scotland, James Morrison invested in a Kverneland 9472C double rotor rake last season. Supplied by HRN Tractors, it has just been joined by a Kverneland 3232MN mower conditioner and a Kverneland 8452 tedder for the 2024 season.

James Robbie Morrison and his father standing in front of their Kverneland Forage Equipment

“Labour is scarce, so you need to invest in good kit that will make life easier and also buy you time,” explains James Morrison, pictured with his father Robbie. “And we’ve been looking at how we can improve the quality of forage we make.”

That forage includes clamp silage and up to 500 round bales each year, which the Morrisons, from Buckie, Scotland, rely on for its livestock with up to 20 suckler cows, 300 fat cattle plus 500 breeding ewes and 1,500 lambs housed across the 750-acres farmed.

Having seen the benefits the Kverneland double rotor rake brought for the farm’s trailed forage harvester, the Morrisons decided that more kit was needed to help further improve silage quality. “The Kverneland 9472C rake has been a superb bit of kit” says James. “With its rear axle that can be raised and lowered, road transport is very safe. And it makes a great swath. I also like how HRN Tractors has supported us and helped us make the right equipment choices for our business.”

He says the next step was to replace an aging 2.4m mower with a Kverneland 3232MN mower conditioner that cuts a wider 3.2m swath. “As well as going wider, we also swapped from steel to nylon tines to keep weight off the back of the tractor,” he says. “And the Kverneland 8452 3pt mounted tedder will help shorten drying times, particularly with the weather being so catchy near the coast around Moray Firth.”

James says the Kverneland 9472C swath rake has proved invaluable, and in combination with the Kverneland 8452 compact tedder, it gives the farm the option of also moving straw in the swath. “We also grow 300 acres of barley, though harvest isn’t until September in this region,” he says. “There are times when we need to tidy up rows or move straw to dry it – that’s why we opted for a four rotor Kverneland tedder, as it suits the width of the combine. And now we can do this with ease.”

“Apart from the contractor’s baler, we now very much control the quality of the straw and silage we produce, thanks to our Kverneland forage equipment,” he says.