P & R Burbage began contracting in 1991 with a tractor and a hedge trimmer. The business steadily grew to the level that we now offer a wide range of services with specialised machinery being invested in to deliver the best quality job every time we go out. The reliability and quality of our machinery means when the window of opportunity arises we can capitalise on this with our team to get the job done, yet still delivering consistency and quality in the service.
We offer maize drilling with our 8 row maize drill. We run this on a tractor with LGP tyres using John Deere Autotrac and field mapping software. This allows us and customers to know exactly the area drilled which will aid customers for following inputs.
We have a number of different baling options to offer to our customers. We aim to bale straw in its best condition. Our baler operatives carry moisture meters in the cab to be able to bale straw in its optimum moisture window. We are governed by the moisture of bales so as to avoid baling bad bales.
We carry out both square and round baling of silage, haylage and hay. We have two sizes of square baler available. We also operate high density round balers capable of chopping silage where requested. Additives can also be applied to baled silage with a variable rate applicator kit.
Grass drilling is done with a 6m kockerling grass harrows & seeder unit. Grass yields are upto 10% greater from broadcast swards as opposed to swards drilled in rows with conventional drills. This is a high output seed broadcasting system with 10acres/hour easily achieved.
The current umbilical system includes pipe capable of pumping slurry 2km and we offer application via a splash-plate or a 12 metre dribblebar. The system means we can apply slurry to both arable and grass fields as a nutrient. The tractor GPS allows for even distribution of the slurry and avoids any misses or overlaps.
We spread a variety of materials including farmyard manure, poultry litter, pig manure and compost. Muck spreading is carried out using rear discharge vertical beater spreaders. These give us a good spread pattern for even applications across the field.
All of our team understand that harvesting our clients grass at the right time in the correct way can have a large effect on both their profitability and our success each year. This starts at the point of mowing where cutting heights are discussed relating crop offtake to crop regrowth. Maximising silage quality is our key objective.