RENOWNED for tractors, combines and balers, New Holland’s range of attachments can often be overlooked but they offer the same high-quality, expertly-designed solutions to the needs of farmers today as their larger stablemates.

Following their acquisition of a leading plough manufacturer in 2017, New Holland has continued to develop its position within the plough machinery market, capitalising on the Swedish company’s 165 years of plough production with the addition of New Holland’s innovations – the ideal combination for modern farming.

As one of the largest New Holland dealers in the UK, Lloyd Ltd offers New Holland’s plough range within its extensive selection of agricultural machinery solutions and has seen a significant increase in interest in the New Holland product.

Mark Dixon, Dealer Principal for Lloyd Ltd Carlisle, said: “You can rely on New Holland to be at the forefront of technological developments within the farming sector so they are an exciting manufacturer to represent. Their plough range fits naturally into what we offer as a dealer and their innovations with attachments work perfectly with their tractor range, giving our customers a dual benefit in terms of efficiency and productivity.”

One such customer is Arthur Ritchie who runs an extensive contracting business across the area and has been a long-standing Lloyd Ltd customer for their machinery range.

Following a successful demonstration from Lloyd Ltd’s Agricultural Sales Specialist John Marston, Mr Ritchie opted for the New Holland PHV 5H model, a five-furrow fully-mounted, reversible, variable-width plough which is compatible with tractors up to 225hp and is equipped with a heavy-duty headstock, and 150mm diameter pivot shaft and needle bearings. It is understandably considered to be the true workhorse of the New Holland plough line-up.

“The New Holland plough impressed me as it’s easy to set up, easy to adjust and easily pulled, and is suitable for all types of land. You can’t ask for more than that,” said Mr Ritchie. “However, there has been the added bonus of improved fuel economy – we are using noticeably less fuel now than we were with our previous plough and this one has an additional furrow. I’m delighted that we chose this model.”

It is not just in terms of fuel that this plough proves economical. The wearing metal is competitively priced and the fact that the plough is closely coupled to the tractor means that the overall weight is kept down, reducing strain and consequently wear and tear on the tractor itself.

When you do as much plough work as Mr Ritchie that can be significant benefit both in cost savings and also with reduced downtime, hence why he also chose the XLD plough body. This has been designed to work with tractors fitted with wide tyres (up to 710mm), ideal for Mr Ritchie’s New Holland T7.235.

The XLD is suitable for ploughing depths of 12 -35 cm and with working widths of 40-60 cm, providing a consistent and gradual turnover of the furrow, also helping with fuel consumption and plough wear.

John Marston explained more about the choice of plough for Mr Ritchie. “One of the features that he has found particularly useful is the spring-loaded disc coulters. Unlike many ploughs on the market, being able to reset automatically when they come across a stone or other blockage means that there is no need for the operator to stop to rectify the issue, making ploughing time more productive and minimising the damage to the plough itself – really important when time is of the essence for a busy contractor like Arthur.”

The need to maximise productivity whilst minimising costs and downtime is only getting more important. Thanks to his new New Holland plough working in tandem with his New Holland tractor, Mr Ritchie is looking to enjoy the best of both worlds for many seasons to come.