24th April , 2013, Posted by Pat.
German Potato technology specialist Grimme, has announced it has acquired a majority shareholding in Danish vegetable technology company Asa-Lift.
Franz Grimme and Laust Sorensen of Asa-Lift announced in a joint statement – “ The internationally well known and strong brand Asa-Lift will continue to exist”.
Grimme is a family company founded in 1861 and has more than 2000 employees and is active across 110 countries as a leading supplier of potato and sugar beet technology.
By strengthening its partnership with Asa-Lift, the Grimme group now becomes a full range supplier of vegetable machinery.
Asa-Lift will continue under its own name and management in Soroe, Denmark. The Asa-Lift factory is home to more than 80 employees. The factory develops and manufactures a comprehensive range of mounted, trailed and self propelled machines for more than 20 vegetable types.
Asa-Lift Sales Director Mr Tom Jorgensen visited Australia in February to update Vin Rowe on the partnership. Mr Jorgensen emphasized that Asa-Lift will continue to operate as a separate entity to Grimme and that the relationship with Vin Rowe Farm Machinery will not change in any way.
Should you have any questions about our range of Asa-Lift machinery please do not hesitate to contact us.
23rd January , 2013, Posted by Pat.
Quality and Capacity: That’s the “Spirit 6200”!
The Spirit 6200 2-Row Offset Bunker Harvester joins the Spirit family of AVR bunker harvesters. The Spirit 6200 is a compromise between the capacity and technology of the larger Spirit 8200 and a highly compact machine. The harvesting and cleaning system of the Spirit 6200 follows the familiar AVR harvesting principle of the Spirit 8200 and the Spirit 6100. High capacity and potato-friendly harvesting are guaranteed!
The new Cab-Bus system with joystick and touch screen enables the Spirit 6200 perfect harvesting results.
The harvesting system, with smooth transitions, minimal directional changes and drops, efficient separation of the haulm by long haulm web, controllable stone, soil and clod separation by way of the new split independent speed rotating finger comb, delivers a qualitatively superior product onto the horizontal picking off table.
All of these features ensure the potatoes don’t roll backwards, and the automatic swan neck lowers the product into the six ton bunker.
Optional Unloading on the Go Bunker
The machine is available with the option of the revolutionary 5 ton WB overloading bunker with 2 separate belts for non-stop harvesting.
AVR has, for many years, been a leading, trend setting supplier of potato harvesting equipment and they deliver machines tailored to suit the needs of the modern potato farmer.
21st January , 2013, Posted by Pat.
AVR buys the assets of Climax International bv from the Tal group.
Proudly AVR announces that it becomes the owner of the assets from Climax International bv. The assets were bought from Tal bv. With this transaction AVR acquires the stocks and the rights on Climax in-store equipment and Climax Solids Handling. AVR is specialized in the development and manufacturing of machinery for potato cultivation. Climax has always been known as a manufacturer of in-store equipment for potatoes and for some time it is also known and specialized in trading all kinds of conveyors for bulk material.
Tal bv is satisfied that the activity will be continued and will be properly organized by AVR. It will increase the activity by selling the product via its strong sales network. The lack of proper and available sales channels was for Climax International the main cause for not wanting to further develop this business.
The Climax customers know they can rely on the continuity and on a strong supplier having the necessary market knowledge to continue the developments of the product.
Stefan Top, General Manager at AVR bvba: “this acquisition was an opportunity that we certainly did not want to miss. After the acquisition of the planter activity from Underhaug, which made from AVR a full-liner in the field, our customers and dealerships strongly insisted to finalize the full-line idea by offering also equipment to use in the storage. AVR is a now a real full-liner, and now we can, through our sales network, offer our customers all the specific machinery they need for potato cultivation.”
AVR will continue to produce the in-store equipment in Veendam. The sales will be organized from Roeselare. AVR will make use of the existing sales channels of AVR and Climax. In the near future the service activities from the in-store equipment will also be organized from Roeselare.
11th November , 2012, Posted by Pat.
2 Chinese brothers have taken the phrase ‘sing for your supper’ quite literally, by making thousands of dollars for performances with their homemade vegetable instruments.
Nan Weidong, 43 and brother Nan Weiping, 41 discovered the sweet sounds that can be made from whittling a variety of veggies including carrots, marrows and chinese yams.
They have compared the melody from the sweet potato to that of the ocarina, the bamboo shoot to the flute and the yam to the whistle, and have been know to play tunes ranging from Chinese flute music to modern pop.
The pair notes, however, that keeping the instruments in tune can be difficult, due to changes in temperature and humidity, which can warp their vegetable orchestra and make controlling pitch very tough!
11th November , 2012, Posted by Pat.
The SIMA, Paris International Agri-Business Show, will be taking place from February 24th to 28th 2013 at the Paris North Villepinte Exhibition Centre, in France.
The 75th edition of SIMA is going to be a global event for performing and sustainable agriculture!
The world’s leading event which meets all the requirements of both crop and livestock farms
- 1300 exhibitors / 1550 brands
- Around 210,000 professional entries, a quarter of which from abroad
- 90% of SIMA’s visitors plan to come back in 2013
- The SIMA Innovation Awards: worldwide reference for innovation
- The SIMA 2013 will last in Paris, together with the International Agriculture show which will celebrate its 50th edition: an excellent way to combine business and visit of Paris
14th August , 2012, Posted by Pat.
For exceptional traction, increased stability and superior floatation, look no further than the M126X Power Krawler.
Kubota’s M126X Power Krawler is uniquely suited to deliver the efficiency and versatility you need when working on soft or uneven terrain. Its innovative crawler design ensures superior traction, climbing force and stability. For versatility in a variety of ground conditions, the M126X Power Krawler is the smart alternative to a four wheel tractor. It’ll keep you closer to the ground – even as your productivity reaches new heights.
For maximum versatility, the 16F/16R Intelli-Shift transmission features an 8-speed powershift with 2-speed, hi/low range for 16 gears in forward and reverse (24F/24R) with the optional cassette-type creep speed kit). A single lever operates both the powershift and range shift for easy operation.
The M126X Power Krawler’s new, 125 HP, 4-cylinder Kubota diesel engine employs an electronically controlled Common Roail System (CRS) to deliver more power, precision fuel control, and fuel efficiency. It also features Waste Gate System turbocharger to deliver incredible torque and high output. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE KUBOTA M126X POWER KRAWLER TALK TO US TODAY!
8th August , 2012, Posted by Pat.
Potato Industry Conference – 5th Biennial Seed Potato Conference.
Held @ Mercure Hotel Ballarat July 29th – 31st 2012
We attended the potato conference as an exhibitor which attracted around 200 delegates.
Commencing with a welcome BBQ on Sunday night (29th July). The Monday and Tuesday were jam packed with more than 20 guest speakers covering all aspects of potato (seed) growing.
We attended the Gala Dinner on the Monday night (30th July) which was a great social event culminated by several awards for contributions to the potato industry.
As much as all present acknowledged we were going through very difficult times it was encouraging to feel a return of confidence to the industry.
All growers and suppliers attending look forward to better times ahead.
27th April , 2012, Posted by Pat.
On Friday 20th of April 2012 ASA-LIFT /AS of Denmark and Grimme GmbH of Germany announced a global partnership….
Grimme are by far the largest potato machinery manufacturer in the world and decided they needed a vegetable harvester from some of their markets although this would never become a major part of their business.
I know Grimme have conducted a feasibility study on the possibility of them manufacturing a harvester but have obviously decided an alliance with ASA-LIFT was the way to go.
The significant advantage for ASA-LIFT will be their ability to source components at a much better price.
Fortunately we have been advised that we will continue as ASA-LIFT Importer and Distributor for Australia.
For further information click on the press release below.
GRAHAM ROWE / DIRECTOR : VIN ROWE FARM MACHINERY
15th April , 2012, Posted by Pat.
AVR acquires Underhaug/ TKS planter division
Vin Rowe Farm Machinery is excited to report news from Europe that Belgian Potato Machinery manufacturer AVR has acquired Norwegian manufacturer TKS/Underhaug’s planter division. The deal includes all activities and intellectual property rights related to Underhaug planters. This is great news for Australian growers who can be confident in the continued development and production of the renowned Underhaug planter.
Tonnes H. Kverneland, Underhaug’s general manager said “Underhaug is very pleased to have found with AVR a suitable partner for the acquisition of its planter business. The customers of Underhaug know they can rely on a strong, high quality supplier, having the knowledge in-house for further development of this successful product line”
Stefan Top, General Manager of AVR: “The acquisition of this division fits perfectly within AVR’s strategy to become a full-line supplier for the potato field machinery. AVR responds to the market trend towards cultivation / plant combinations, supporting with this acquisition our existing department of spring machines. We are convinced that, using the know-how within Underhaug and AVR, we will acquire with this product line a solid position among the suppliers of potato planters. AVR will discuss with Miedema to continue its long-term cooperation in a constructive way.
With this acquisition AVR hopes to continue the steady growth it has enjoyed in recent years. It will continue to focus on product quality and production capacity. In mid 2011 AVR took over the buildings from AVR Tools NV. This 5000 m² hall was converted to a production facility for spring equipment and haulm toppers. The facility will be used to produce planters.
AVR will produce all existing models of planters of Underhaug, with the exception of the 4 row 3-point link machine. The introduction of AVR planters is scheduled for autumn 2013.
Underhaug will provide parts and service support for the next two years before AVR takes over full technical support.
What it means for growers.
Graham Rowe of Vin Rowe; “Whilst Underhaug were committed to providing parts and service advice for existing Underhaug planters for the next 10 years, there is no doubt
that customers had some reservations about investing in a planter that was out of production. What this new deal means is that the Underhaug planter will continue to be produced and developed by AVR in Belgium and as a result growers should have no doubts about the future parts
back up, service and development of the product. Given Vin Rowe’s strong relationship with
both Underhaug and AVR we are well placed to pass on the benefits of this to our clients”
The Underhaug planter has been a mainstay of Australian planting for over 30 years. It is exciting that an innovative company in AVR has taken the product on not only for continued back up for the grower but also for the future investment and development of the product.
16th December , 2011, Posted by Pat.
Vin Rowe are proud to announce their appointment as the Australian Importer of Bucktons Wagons from New Zealand. For further information check out Buckton Wagons under “Hay, Silage and Feedout Equipment”.