Beet harvest demonstration announced

  • The biennial J Riley working demonstration will return in January 2024

The event will showcase the latest Vervaet beet harvester range at work, including turbine and rollerbed models, as well as the Riley beet chaser conversion. As part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations an older Vervaet harvester will be running alongside its younger cousins.

The comprehensive Vervaet range offers solutions for all soil types and demands. The fourwheel Q-616, the most popular beet harvester on the market, will be shown with both the rollerbed and turbine primary cleaning system options, along with a six-wheel Beet Eater 625 which remains the contractor’s favourite for maximum performance in arduous conditions. Combined with the option of Riley refurbished machines there is a Vervaet harvester to suit every scenario, from a farm lifting its own fodder beet through to the largest sugar beet harvesting contractor.

 A new share lifting system for turbine-type machines will be shown in public for the first time at the demo. The new share design is already fitted to rollerbed-type harvesters, and is now combined with a new modular frame for turbine-type machines. The new frame affords the operator exceptional visibility across the shares, and the system has been found to provide improved lifting performance.

Demand for self-propelled beet chasers has been steadily increasing during recent campaigns. The Riley beet chaser conversion, based on a refurbished Vervaet Beet Eater 625 or 925 harvester, has proven to be a very capable machine with numerous units now running in the UK. The most recent Beet Chaser 25 will be in action at the demonstration.

 In 2024 J Riley Beet Harvesters (UK) Ltd will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Jeremy Riley founded the company in 1994 to become the UK importer for Vervaet. The right machines, combined with Rileys’ excellent backup, made Vervaet the UK market leader, a position which has been retained for well over two decades. In recent years Jeremy retired and sold the business, which is now co-owned by Vervaet and managing director Matt Carse. The extraordinarily successful Vervaet 17-tonner was pivotal to this success, and an example will be working at the event to mark the occasion and demonstrate how harvesters have changed over the past 20 years.

The Riley demonstration is an unmissable event for those with an involvement in sugar beet harvesting and the wider industry, as well as an enjoyable day out. Refreshments will include the highly-regarded hog roast prepared by North-Norfolk butchers H.V. Graves.

The event will take place on Wednesday 31 January 2024 near Little Witchingham, Norwich, Norfolk by kind permission of H. Jones (Farms) Ltd. The postcode is NR9 5NB, and What3words address is ///furniture.slips.beanbag. Signs will be in place on the day.

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