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XtraBlatt issue 02-2016

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MENSCHEN TITLE THEME 1 CHOPPED OR LONG Ten employees work year-round for Halm 80 with a further 15 seasonal workers at labour peaks during straw harvest and subsequent transport. “We got our first foothold in the straw business through deliveries to a cellulose factory in Fredericia 80 km away and then expanded through deliveries to a central heating power station”, says Christopher Jensen. The largest proportion of bales is nowadays produced for the power stations. However, we also deliver 120/90 bales from two of our machines to a biogas plant in southern Jutland.” also behind expansion of agricultural contracting. Most farmers earn their incomes from livestock, i.e. meat and milk production. They want to reduce machinery costs and therefore give up their field work,” explains Niels Danielsen from machinery importer Brøns in Skærbæck, western Denmark. “Also in Denmark, the milk price ended up as low as 25 c/l. If this continues over a longer period, probably hardly more than 15% of Danish dairy farmers will be able to survive,” he points out. » We buy all straw on the field from the farmers « Christopher Jensen For fuelling the heat production plants, Halm 80 produces 120/130 rectangular bales only. “The automatic systems within the power stations are set-up to handle this size,” explains the contractor. On the other hand, straw packed by the 120/90 balers is exported: “We buy all the straw in the field from the farmer. Thereby, it’s not important whether it’s been through a rotary or a reciprocating sieve type combine because most of the straw is going to be chopped anyway.” Experience has 8

3 2 buys the straw from him, transports it and markets it. Hereby, Halm 80 shares in the transport jobs with four of its own trucks. shown him that, quality wise, both threshing systems have advantages and disadvantages. “The straw produced by a rotary combine is easier to chop. While the straw from a reciprocating sieve machine lies looser, is longer and dries more rapidly.” Chopped, as well as long straw, is sold. “For export, we usually chop the straw in 40 mm lengths because then, it is more suitable for bedding. The long straw, on the other hand, goes mostly for burning.” Exports, as well as delivery to heat production plants, take place in autumn and winter. “In winter, we transport daily with 10 to 15 trucks to production plants. At the same time, two to three trucks per day roll-out to export markets. The high density packing capacity of the BiG Pack machines is an advantage for the export business. But the high individual weights of the 120/90 bales with a 220 cm long bale averaging between 520 and 640 kg also offer optimum truck loading,” explains Christopher Jensen. EXPORT AND STORAGE Halm 80 produces between 5,000 and 10,00 bales per baler, depending on the year. Alongside the five Krone balers, two Heston models are also put to work and they each produce between 5,000 and 8,000 bales annually “Per year, our production is therefore between 50,000 and 60,000 bales with about a third, i.e. 18,000 to 20,000, exported. Here, we’re talking about chopped straw of best quality that we store in barns ourselves until it is trucked off,” explains the contractor. Christopher Jensen organises the export to the Netherlands and Germany through a further company called Halm Süd, which 1 The Halm 80 team puts a total five Krone balers to work. 2 Criteria for selecting baler make are above all high area performance and reliability. 3 As well as running the farm contracting business, Christopher Jensen also manages a large arable farm. 9