German manufacturer CLAAS won the Special Jury Prize at the ‘Machine of the Year 2017’ awards held at SIMA, Paris for the JAGUAR with SHREDLAGE® crop processing technology. A large audience watched the prize-giving held on the stand of the French agricultural magazine “Terre-net”.
SHREDLAGE® originates in the USA and is a pioneering form of maize silage treatment used by an increasing number of dairy farmers in regions with limited grassland. Typically maize is chopped at a longer chop length of 26 to 30 millimetres and processing the crop using the SHREDLAGE® cracker technology is key to the entire process. The intensive conditioning of the material increases the surface area of the chopped product many times over in a way that is designed to significantly improve bacterial fermentation after ensiling and above all during digestion in the cow’s rumen. The aim of this process is to substantially increase the structural effects of maize silage in the rumen while simultaneously adding to the availability of the starch contained in all plant parts, which could lead to an increase in milk yields. In addition, the rumen-friendly silage structure is believed to improve the health of the herd.
SHREDLAGE® offers dairy farmers other benefits as well, besides greater milk yield and improved animal health. Its optimum starch conditioning allows for a reduction in the use of concentrated feed while still improving the milk yield. The need to supplement with highly structured fodder such as straw can be reduced or even eliminated altogether, producing even more savings. The SHREDLAGE® rollers are manufactured by CLAAS Industrietechnik in Paderborn, Germany.
“Machine of the Year” has been awarded at SIMA for two years now organised by “Terra-Net” French magazine. The awards are designed to honour the best innovations in agricultural technology worldwide. The winners are chosen by a panel of journalists from several European countries who specialise in agricultural machinery. The competition has 17 categories and this year received 70 entry applications.