Continuing our reporting of the Gold and Silver medal winners at Agritechnica, CLAAS introduced a new addition to its range of cracker rollers in the form of the new MCC MAX for conditioning maize silage and this new product has been awarded silver DLG innovation medal.
Equipment users, researchers and the agricultural machinery industry are constantly looking for new ways to further improve kernel shredding, digestibility, compressibility in the silo and the ensiling properties of maize silage. This is based on the desire to increase the energy availability of the crop. Forage quality is the most important success factor, especially for dairy producers who are currently under intense production and cost pressure, but also for the operators of biogas plants.
The MCC MAX is a conditioning system which fulfils these requirements. The MCC MAX rollers have been developed for conditioning maize silage with chop lengths of between 7.0 and 22 mm. They have a sawtooth profile and feature 30 annular segments. The positioning and geometry of the annular segments mean that the chopped crop is processed by friction, and also by cutting and shearing forces. This allows even more intensive conditioning of the grain kernels as well as shredding of stalk material. Compared with conventional corn crackers, the MCC MAX is suitable for a much larger range of chop lengths and dry matter percentages, still achieving excellent conditioning results. “The more intensive kernel shredding increases the digestible starch quantity of the maize silage.”
“This allows more milk to be produced from maize silage and the amount of supplementary feed can be reduced”, explains Alexander Kirchbeck of Product Management at CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH.
The greater shredding of the crops also means that the MCC MAX concept achieves the desired proportion of large crop surface areas over a wide range of chop lengths. This offers many advantages: Farmers who supply dairy operations and biogas plants with forage from one and the same silo can use this method to produce silage which has the optimal structure for both use cases. Farmers who want to feed longer-cut silage to their animals can produce a shredded forage structure with excellent kernel shredding using the MCC MAX. At the same time, the MCC MAX offers farm contractors and machinery collectives a new technical solution, which allows them to optimally fulfil a very wide range of customer requirements for forage conditioning without having to adjust the equipment of their machines.