A new Vervaet Q-616 sugar beet harvester has been producing impressive results for Norfolk-based contractor Jeremy Green, who took delivery of the new machine at the beginning of this campaign from UK importers J Riley Beet Harvesters (UK) Ltd.
“We have a very good working relationship with Rileys,” notes Jeremy. “Their service is fantastic and they will work with you. Last season we had an unfortunate accident at 10pm one evening resulting in a twisted unloading elevator. I rang Harry at Rileys and explained the problem, and we decided it needed a new elevator. They didn’t have one in stock, but there was one at the Vervaet factory which they could build up to fit my harvester. So I set off with a trailer and drove through the night to be at the factory the following morning, whilst they got the elevator ready. In the meantime Rileys sent two service engineers to help my men to change over the elevators, and they worked late that night. By lunch time the next day the harvester was ready for work thanks to the combined effort of Rileys, Vervaet and my own team.
With Vervaet harvesters consistently proving to be the right machines for Jeremy’s business and the knowledge that he could rely on Rileys for backup, it was only logical that he looked closely at the newly launched Q-series when the time came to purchase a new harvester.
“We went to the demo last year and were impressed with the new models, and then had them on demo here too,” explains Jeremy. “A number of my customers had signed up to a three year beet contract so I thought it was the most secure time to invest, and I placed an order for a new Q-616. We then went over to the factory and saw our new harvester being built.”
“The harvester has worked very well. I’m pleased with the extra output of the machine – we’re lifting somewhere around 2000 acres and doing it comfortably now. It’s gone a dream on sticky land – we’ve working faster than we expected and customers have also commented that it’s an impressive harvester. They also like how level it leaves the field after lifting.”
The new Q-616 is usually supported in the field by a 20-tonne Bailey Beeteaper trailer which was also new for this beet campaign and is perfectly matched to the harvester, reports operator Owen Page.
“The Q-616 holds more than our previous harvester and works well with the trailers, especially with a decent crop,” notes Owen. “It has more capacity so that you can harvest between 1 and 1.5kph faster, even on our heaviest land. Everything on the machine is very well thought out, the new lifter has better visibility and beet flow. It’s also kinder on the beet, you can clean it just enough to take all of the soil out. The manoeuvrability is impressive, you can turn back on yourself and work up and down without shunting on the ends which is handy when doing short work. It’s comfortable to drive and quieter, quite a few people have commented about that, and the lights are also better. It’s also capable of 40k on the road, which takes a bit of getting used to!”
Bookings are now being taken for on-farm demonstrations of the new
Vervaet Q-Series beet harvesters, report UK importers J Riley Beet
Harvesters (UK) Ltd. The models were shown for the first time in the
UK at J Riley’s popular biennial working demonstration in January.
Notable new features include close-coupled rear wheels for a
‘one wheel per track’ layout with the machine’s weight spread over
the full working width for minimal soil impact. This new rear axle
also provides extreme manoeuvrability with a very tight turning
circle.A new lifter frame is used, followed by improved
cleaning with new turbine options which can be run slowly and are
extremely gentle on the beet. The tank design is also new, with the
ring trace mounted crossways and a longer elevator moved to the
front of the tank.
“We will be bringing a demonstration machine into the UK to visit
existing customers as well as potential new clients all over the
country,” explains Vervaet sales specialist Henry Baker. “New
machines already supplied for this year are performing very well,
proving to be very kind on the crop, and it’s been a good campaign
so far with excellent lifting conditions and a bumper crop. If you
would like to try the new Q-Series for yourself please get in touch
to arrange a demonstration.”J Riley Beet Harvesters (UK) Ltd
can be contacted on 01603 262526.
North Yorkshire contractors and farmers G.A.
Liddle & Son took delivery of their 50th sugar beet harvester last
month – a brand new Vervaet Q-616. Based at Cawood, near Selby, the
company has over 60 years harvesting experience and currently lifts
a large area of sugar and fodder beet every season over a wide
variety of soil types using two Vervaet harvesters.
Following that first machine G.A. Liddle & Son
have had a new Vervaet harvester almost every year since. Last year
they chose to replace a Beet Eater 617 with the all-new Q-616, again
from J Riley Beet Harvesters, thus continuing the long association
between the two family businesses. In addition, another Vervaet Beet
Eater 617 is run alongside the new machine to provide additional
“The Vervaets have always been very good harvesters, very reliable
and they’ll lift in all conditions,” notes Graham. “We also have a
very good relationship with Rileys – we’ve known Jeremy Riley a long
time now and we’ve always had good backup and parts availability
from the company.”“We had the prototype Q-616 on
demonstration last year and liked it,” he explains. “The new machine
has now done 500 acres and been no trouble at all. Despite the
smaller number on the side it actually holds more beet than a 617
and the wider and longer unloading elevator is very good, especially
when creating a Maus heap or emptying into larger trailers. It’s an
extremely manoeuvrable harvester, the steering lock is unbelievable,
and it’s light too. We’re also running new open ended turbines which
seem very good so far as you can run them slower on heavy land which
is kinder on the beet whilst still getting rid of the soil and
Two of the latest Vervaet Hydro Trike multipurpose applicators will be shown at Grassland & Muck by UK importers J Riley – one fitted with a manure spreader body and the other equipped for injecting slurry.
Well-proven, the Hydro Trike is a long established machine and was first introduced for 1991. Extensive market research resulted in some unique design features key to its unrivalled success, and there are currently over 600 examples out in the fields across Europe.
The latest machine is powered by an economical 510hp DAF engine. Drive is hydro-mechanical and provides an indispensible 40kph top speed. Large tyres spread the weight evenly over a 4.50m width when in work thanks to extending mid-axles which also provide stability when working on slopes. The five wheel layout with a single front steering wheel also provides fantastic manoeuvrability.
The Panien manure spreader body is built specifically to Vervaet’s requirements and has a generous 18 cubic metre capacity. Two heavy-duty floor traces are driven from both sides, and can be reversed to quickly and easily clear blockages. Two beaters finely shred even the most straw-rich manure and large-diameter discs evenly spread to 24m.
A 19,000 litre slurry tank is offered with an extremely high-output slurry handling system produced in-house by Vervaet. A variety of rear tools can be fitted on the Category 3 rear linkage to suit the desired application, from disc injectors and dribble bars for working in grassland and growing crops to cultivator injectors for working in stubble.
Accuracy of all applications is particularly impressive, with the rate controlled automatically by Vervaet’s own Tri-Control colour touch screen computer which also looks after the machine’s main functions. Unique to Vervaet, the John Deere NIR sensor can also be fitted ensuring full compliance with NVZ regulations.
J Riley report massive interest in the all-new Vervaet Q-Series beet harvesters which received their UK debut at the company’s latest biennial demonstration. This was held on 5 January by kind permission of H Jones (Farms) Ltd at Great Witchingham in Norfolk.
“We had a great turnout of customers old and new from all over the UK including Ireland,” comments Vervaet sales specialist Henry Baker. “We are particularly pleased with the response we had to the new Q-Series harvesters which ran really well and were very well received. We were very fortunate with the weather, and the hog roast was enjoyed by all. We would like to thank everyone who attended for their support.”
Both of the new models share the same ‘one wheel per track’ layout with close-coupled rear wheels enabling the machine to spread its weight over the full working width for minimal soil impact. This also gives the machines extreme manoeuvrability and a very tight turning circle.
The new Q-Series harvesters feature a new lifter frame, improved cleaning and new turbine options, wider ring trace mounted crossways and a longer elevator now sited at the front of the tank. The engine is mounted crossways behind the rear axle for better weight distribution and easier access. The option of a 40kph top road speed will appeal to customers required to travel long distances.
The lighter Q-616 with a 16-tonne capacity tank and 465hp engine is the replacement for the legendary market-leading Beet Eater 617 which has become the industry standard for many farmers and contractors with over 140 examples currently at work in the UK. The Q-621 boasts a 21-tonne holding bunker and a more powerful 510hp DAF engine.
The latest generation Beet Eater 625 was also shown working alongside the new harvesters. It’s powered by a 15.6-litre 623hp Mercedes-Benz Tier 4F engine and remains the firm favourite amongst large contractors working on medium and heavy soils, with an unrivalled ability to harvest in any conditions whilst maintaining full capacity.
The new Vervaet Q-Series sugar beet harvesters will be making their UK debut on 5 January 2017.
Kent-based FGS Agri has recently taken delivery of two new Vervaet Hydro Trike self-propelled spreaders from UK-importers J Riley. FGS Agri has just successfully renewed their five year Contract for spreading around 350,000 tonnes of biosolids per year using five self-propelled machines on behalf of Thames Water, so they know what they’re talking about when it comes to spreading.
Vervaet machines are powered by 510hp DAF engines and are fitted with
specially designed integral 18-tonne Panien spreader bodies. Large tyres
spread the weight evenly over a 4.50m width when in work thanks to
contract manager Bert Essink explains why the company has chosen to
invest in the Vervaet machines.
believe in the product. It’s an evolution rather than a revolution, the
concept hasn’t been changed but thoroughly developed, so it has only got
better and been improved. Consequently it’s a very reliable machine. We
were impressed right from the start, as when they were delivered you
could turn the key and drive away without any problems, getting straight
into work – with most new machines there are things which are not quite
spread pattern is very good,” Bert continues. “It’s even better than we
expected. Although it’s too early to comment on wear and tear our
initial thoughts are very positive. Good features like an automatically
tightened bed chain are also important, we think that’s a very good
system. Fuel consumption also seems good, although we need to do a
couple more tests, but she’s not thirsty, put it that way.
wheel layout works well,” he explains. “We spread some land which had
been deep cultivated and it didn’t make a mess. We also work on some
very steep hills, and with the extending axle the Vervaet is very stable
– the driver says he feels very safe, and that’s important.”
machine’s layout is great for maintenance. With the engine on one side
in the front and the cooling pack the other there are very few
components underneath the spreader body. You can carry out maintenance
after a week’s spreading without getting covered in muck. Dealer backup
is also important, and having a dealer in England with parts in stock
can save us a day, so that’s also worth a lot to us.”
A brand new sugar beet harvester with a completely new design is on the way.
Keep a close eye out for more information and images, coming soon...
The striking new 2016 Vervaet Hydro
Trike will soon be making its UK debut...
Demonstrations will be available beginning in February. To find out more
about the new model and to book your personalised demonstration please
contact the office.
Vervaet Hydro Trike demonstrations continue
with both the injector and spreader out at work. Please contact
Henry Baker on 07825 631377 for more details or to book a demo.
Seen working in Norfolk, the 14,000l capacity
Hydro Trike is applying 25m3/ha of digestate to wholecrop rye
stubble through a Schuitemaker disc injector at a forward speed of
12.5kph for a very high output. When working on grassland this has
been even higher still. The Hydro Trike is the effortless
way to apply digestate whilst being kind on the soil with
low-pressure tyres and one wheel per track, as shown in this video: