By | November 8, 2016

During a recent demonstration in the Rangitikei, a Bednar 6.0mtr MZ 6000 mulcher impressed drystock farmers with its impeccable clean cut and huge acreage behind only a 125Hp tractor!

Topping grass in spring/summer to control pasture quality is a critical function in todays large scale dairy operation.



The maintaining of high quality, palatable pasture, translates directly to milk in the vat and profit. Due to New Zealand’s typically rapid growth rates of pasture during the peak growing season, managing this can at times be challenging. Timing is very important and with some of the larger scale dairies there is a lot of hectares to top in a day. Added to this is the job of topping with convential disc or drum mowers can be quite demanding on these machines, as it is often carried out a higher speed, especially in regions with stones or recently converted farms. Tying up a valuable labour unit for hours at a time topping can also put pressure on other farm operations.


With a fully hot-dip galvanized body to withstand the effects of manure, rocks, sticks, and weighing in at 3300kg more than twice the weight of equivalent disc mower combinations, these machines are built for years of tough work. The four massive swinging blades per rotor boast a tip speed of 312km/h, and the large heavy anti-scalping saucers, and optional hardened underbody protection guarantees a long service life.


Folding to 2.5mtrs on the road, they have a soft-ride function built into the transport cylinder allowing comfortable road transport at 50km/h. The convenience of these monster toppers is so quick and easy, only putting a drawbar pin and connecting PTO shaft and away you go. With impeccable clean cutting at 14km/h a topping work rate of more than 8 hectares/hr is achievable without compromising quality.


Check out a video of the ultimate topping machine below and for more demonstrations head to our YouTube channel

"We milk 2600 cows in both North and South Islands, plus grow maize and various crops on 600 hectares of lease ground. We are constantly developing new ground to bring into production and the 4AG 970's are excellent for chopping up old, heavily thatched pasture and contouring rougher areas. Daily throughput is important to our size operation. so we're pretty happy to be averaging 3-4 hectares/hour!"