At the recent Royal Highland Show, which took place near Edinburgh, Scotland, a novel self-propelled spreader - which was partly the work of an Irish company - was on display.
The machine, which incorporates an AgriSpread (Irish-built) spreader unit, can handle both lime and fertiliser. The spreader is mounted on a Bergmann 3012 DSK articulated 'dumper' chassis.
The Bergmann unit was supplied and sold by Kattrak International Limited. The spreader "conversion" was carried out in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, where AgriSpread is based. The resulting machine is now used by Robert Wilson & Son - an agricultural contractor and merchant based in Ayrshire.
The conversion process was undertaken by AgriSpread, which worked in close cooperation with Kattrak and Bergmann Maschinenbau in Germany.
The vehicle has a 160hp Cummins 4-cylinder engine, coupled to a ZF Ergopower transmission - with manual and auto shifting.
The stainless steel AgriSpread broadcaster comes with ISOBUS-compatible technology, Topcon rate control - including variable-rate application - and discs for spreading fertiliser at widths of up to 24m.
Who is AgriSpread?
Based in Ballyhaunis, AgriSpread is a family-owned business that was established in 2006. It manufactures agricultural machinery.
Having undergone what it describes as "considerable growth", the company has branched out to include AgriSpread Australia and AgriSpread North America. It exports to several far-flung destinations, including the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.
A goal of the company is "to become a leader in the fertiliser and lime spreading sector".