Horsch power delivers big results
A heavyweight Horsch 6m combi drill is delivering big results for Chambers Agri Contracts
Farmers have used the last couple of weeks to get through a backlog of autumn planting work and there is still quite a bit going on.
This week I spoke to a Monaghan-based contractor who has been using an impressive new Horsch 6m combined grain and fertiliser drill as he attempts to keep up with farmer demand to get fields planted.
In business for over 100 years and based in Latton, Co Monaghan, Chambers Agri Contracts cover an extensive are comprising counties Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath and north county Dublin. Ivan Chambers (pictured below) says the family-run contracting operation can employ anything from 10-15 staff depending on the time of the year.
Mr Chambers runs the business in conjunction with his father, Richard, and brother, Gary. The Chambers offer a big range of services, from silage work in the summer to hedge cutting in the down season.
In between they carry out a lot of lime spreading on contract for Roadstone and plant about 5,000 acres of crops each year. The majority of crops planted would be oilseed rape and barley.
With such large acreage in the "to do" list there is a requirement for serious machinery, and it doesn't come much bigger than the tractor and drill combination Mr Chambers was using when I spoke to him this week.
Earlier this year the team took delivery of a brand new 6m Horsch Focus 6TD combined grain and fertiliser drill purchased from Kellys of Borris in Carlow for €90,000 plus VAT.
Out front you'd expect a powerful unit for a drill of that size, and they don't come much more powerful than the massive Fendt 939 that the Chambers bought for tillage work last year from Flynns of Mullingar for €223,000 plus VAT. An impressive sight in action, Mr Chambers readily acknowledged the huge capital costs involved but said such outlays are necessary to be able to keep up with farmer demand in peak season.