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Making Hay Better and Faster

New Holland’s Roll-Belt 560 5×6-foot round baler delivers the two elements cattle producers ask for the most: higher baling capacity and better feeding ability in a wide range of crop and baling conditions. Crop packaging manager Curtis Hoffman uses the 20-20-20 system to describe this baler: 20% more capacity, 20% stronger belts, 20% greater belt-driving force.

“The rotary pickup Action Sweeps feed material into the baling chamber faster than reciprocating pickups,” Hoffman says. “Older balers could bale at 7 mph; this one can go 8.5 mph. I’ve seen it kick out two bales per minute.” 

Stronger belts come from the low-profile Alligator lacing with Duralink end pins. “Stiffer belts require less maintenance and are more forgiving to new operators, too,” he says. The added belt-driving force comes from the wrap-around roll being repositioned down and forward to put more belt on the drive roll.

You can make several optional choices on this baler. You can monitor and control the bale-making process with the new Bale Command II Plus (twine and net, twine only, or net only) system, or you can go with the IntelliView III color touchscreen monitor. 

You can also choose New Holland’s exclusive Bale-Slice system. Knives enter the bale after the core is made, so bales retain a solid core. It makes the bales up to 14% more dense. In university tests, it increased daily weight gain in yearling cattle.

The basic Roll-Belt 560 has a list price of approximately $52,000.


New Holland’s Discbine 313 and 316 mower models feature the best-in-class WideDry conditioning system. 

The chevron-design intermeshing rubber rolls, steel intermeshing rolls, or LeaningEdge flails are all 125 inches wide, 22.5% wider than previous models. The highest cut-to-conditioning ratio in the industry provides less crop convergence, resulting in faster drydown and better hay quality, says New Holland.

The MowMax II modular cutterbar features larger disks with larger, heavier gears, bearings, and interconnecting shafts. The larger disk diameter allows a closer cut with less cutterbar tilt for consistent cutting height without scalping, says New Holland. Lightweight poly bifold shields provide easy access to the cutterbar, and they resist denting.

Marketing manager Seth Doman says the new Discbine has an optional new biomass kit for working in energy crops like cane and corn stover. It includes extra-high skid shoes for the increased cut height and longer stubble desired in these crops. 

The Discbine 313 has an approximate retail price of $44,000 and requires a minimum 90-hp. tractor.

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