Buoyed by several successful seasons and a positive future outlook for the domestic sugar market, the Lower Richmond Harvesting Co-operative has invested in the purchase of a new harvester.
Mark Graham-Jones from the Lower Richmond Harvesting Co-operative commented; “Purchasing a new cane harvester is a major capital investment, but is one that the growers have committed to wholeheartedly. Adding state-of-the art machinery such as this CASE machine ensures we continue to operate our harvesting business at its peak level and deliver returns to our growers and our local industry.”
Some of the standout features on the latest Austoft harvester from Case IH include its ‘Smart Cruise’ engine that optimises fuel use, single joystick steering and transmission control and an extended topper, designed for the tallest of cane such as that grown in the Northern Rivers. The new machine boasts efficiencies in fuel consumption, reduced plant and soil disturbance and prevents cane loss through its cleaning system.
Local Dealer, Peter Shannon of Shannon Brothers Engineering at Harwood delivered the machine for the much anticipated start of the 2017 harvest season. Peter said; “It is great to see the local cane industry in such a strong position. Not only do the growers appreciate the good times, but their success and optimism flows through to local business and the community.”
Some 720,000 tonnes of cane is expected to be harvested throughout the Richmond Valley and processed at the Broadwater Sugar Mill this year.