"A Consistant Chop Gives Us High-Quality Feed."
Allan Sr., Allan Jr., Scott, Isaac and Mitchell Forbes
Settled in the mountains of New Hampshire where green pastures and fields are scattered amongst the forest you will find Forbes Farm. The Forbes family has been farming this area of the country since 1902, and five generations later they are still carrying on the tradition of their forefathers.
Today there are three generations working together on the Forbes Farm, Allan Sr., Allan Jr., Scott, Isaac and Mitchell. These five men keep their 3,000 head dairy heard healthy, fed, and milked along with the help of their 28 person staff, making them the third largest employer in Lancaster.
The Forbes harvest all of their forage for feed, so having efficient and reliable equipment is essential. The landscape they are in poses a unique challenge; there are no large fields. The largest grass field they cut is only 20 acres and the largest cornfield is 100 acres. In the past they mowed with pull type disc mowers, but in 2004 they decided to increase their efficiency and purchased their first piece of Krone equipment, a BiG M self-propelled mower conditioner. Over the next few years they increased their Krone fleet to include a second BiG M, two Swadro 1010 rotary rakes, a KWT 882 tedder, a BiG X 700 self-propelled forage harvester, a EasyCollect 753 corn head, and a EasyFlow 3801 hay head.
The BiG X 700 is a 775 horsepower forage harvester that has allowed the Forbes to replace two machines with one. Not only does that mean the fuel, labor, and maintenance costs are cut in half, but it also means better quality feed. The BiG X 700 is able to chop grass much quicker than the previous machines they ran, explains Scott, resulting in fewer nutrients lost from the time of cutting to packing. “Even when we are chopping dry crop, it feeds the crop and chops without any problems,” says Scott.
The VariStream system is a feature on the BiG X that is extremely beneficial in hay. Scott describes, “in the instance when a slug is run though the machine, instead of the machine pulling down the RPMs, the machines is able to feed the slug though with less stress because of the spring loaded backing plates.”
The consistency of chop and the kernel processing in corn is another way the BiG X has helped increase the feed quality. With the EasyCollect corn head all of the corn is fed into the feed rolls in the same direction. The six feed rolls compress the material into an even layer, which allows for an even and consistent chop once the crop reaches the cutter. When you are chopping 4,000 acres of grass and 1,200 acres of corn each year it is imperative that the cab on the machine is comfortable, quite, and has excellent visibility; according to Scott the BiG X checks all of these boxes.
“Northeast Farm Sales and Service has been an excellent dealer to work with,” says Scott. “Anytime I call down there I am able to talk to whoever I need, and I have the option to have parts shipped direct from the Krone parts warehouse to my farm. This saves much needed time.”
With their fleet of Krone equipment, efficiency and quality feed is no problem for the Forbes to accomplish.