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DBS is best seeding bar on market: dealer

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Ramsay Bros South Australia director Hamish Ward.

Ramsay Bros South Australia director Hamish Ward.

One of Ausplow’s most enthusiastic supporters is South Australian machinery dealer Hamish Ward, a director of the family-owned Ramsey Bros. And he has sold more than 120 DBS bars and Multistream bins into South Australia. The company was started 65 years ago by Lloyd and Fred Ramsey with Hamish’s father Eddie taking over more than 30 years ago followed by his sons Mark (now CEO) and Hamish. Lloyd’s Brenton and grandson Lincoln also are in the management team. Hamish is based at as group sales support manager the Cummins branch as well as overall sales and support for the company’s other branches at Cleve (head office), Wudinna, Kimba, Riverton and Murray Bridge. There’s also an Adelaide office which serves as the group management centre. With 18 years under his belt in the company, Hamish has been dealing with Ausplow for 15 years, selling the DBS and Multistream and the Ausplow deep tiller. According to Hamish, the arrival of the DBS marked somewhat of a turning point in tillage equipment with its ability to break through hardpans while maintaining precision seeding accuracy. “From 2003 to 2007 we sold about 130 serial numbers,” he said. “And to my mind it remains the best seeding bar on the market. “It’s built to last, the quality of the build is the best I’ve seen and the three slot system consistently provides owners with faster and stronger germinations.” Initially, Hamish said owners opted for the five inch (12.5cm) blade because of horsepower restrictions. “Now seven inch blades (17.5cm) are the most commonly requested,” he said. “But there has been a big reaction to last year’s release of the new Pro D blades. “We’ve already sold five full systems and there are a lot of owners wanting retro-fits.” Hamish is also a keen advocate of the Multistream delivery system. “Our most popular models are 15,000 litres and 18,000L and typically they are matched to a 60 foot (18.2m) DBS,” he said. “It’s all about increasing productivity with most guys wanting to achieve about 100ha a day pushing up to 160ha with a maximum of two fills, depending on conditions. “Because of the strength and stability of the DBS sowing dry has become the preferred option in late break years or when you know you have subsoil moisture, giving you the ability to hit sowing windows because early crops have always been shown to yield the best.” The most popular row spacing for SA DBS owners is 10 inches (25cm), particularly for hay growers, but Hamish said there has been a trend towards 12 inches (30cm) over the last few years. “It is different areas and different scenarios and farmers are always trying things to see if something works better,” he said. Going wider to handle stubble, however, is not an issue, according to Hamish. “I’ve heard the comments that the DBS can’t handle stubble but that’s just rubbish,” he said. “Some people say C shanks are better because the stubble feeds off them and while that may be true, C shanks don’t give you the accuracy that a DBS does. “So there’s a trade-off, if you like, but most guys prefer to handle stubble at harvest. “If you leave a lot of stubble on the ground you’ll block any bar. “Preparation at harvest is the key.” Another good point Hamish makes is ensuring the DBS is set up properly. “We have Simon Jericho at Cummins and he is our go-to man for pre-delivery set-up,” Hamish said. “We also run owner days to ensure everybody is on the same page and we get great support from Ausplow’s sales and marketing manager Chris Blight and service technician Ray Beecham.” Hamish says the DBS and Multistream rig is highly rated in SA. “It’s starting to lift in popularity as more farmers hear about it from other farmers,” Hamish said. “It’s the consistency of results in most conditions and the reliability of the machines. “The anecdotal feedback we get from owners is that they are getting better yields, with the DBS a very good tool as part of the overall agronomic package. “The effects of the DBS are very evident in lighter rainfall years with the under-seed cultivation meaning crops can hang on in tight finishes because roots can get further into the subsoil to access moisture. “It’s expensive but with what it achieves in growing better crops you can pay for it in two good years with the bonus of long term benefits to the soil and high residual value of the machines. “Our trades don’t last.”

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Friday, April 17, 2015