For decades, farmers have relied on Bogballe and Bredal for high-quality fertiliser spreaders with various digital solutions such as weighing technology and section control, which automatically adjust the application according to the needs of each part of your land. This means no waste and no under-application.
More about Bogballe
Bogballe originated in 1934, when the founder Anders Peter Laursen started producing poultry equipment in the village of Bøgballe in Denmark. In the early 1950s the focus was shifted from poultry equipment to the manufacture of the famous blue fertiliser spreaders. In 1964 the first test unit was produced.
In 1988, the first spreader in the world with a weighing technique was introduced. By focusing only on the manufacture of one type of machine, Bogballe has been the market leader in mounted precision spreader technology ever since.
Farmers in more than 45 countries count on Bogballe’s fertiliser spreaders to achieve bountiful harvests. Bogballe spreaders have a working width of up to 42 meters and capacity of up to 5 500 litres.
More about Bredal
Bredal’s range of lime and fertiliser spreaders are also manufactured in Denmark and a wide distribution network provides and backs up the trailed fertiliser and lime spreaders to satisfied farmers in more than 25 countries around the world.
Bredal is owned by a Danish family manufacturing company that for more than 50 years have focused and specialised in the manufacture of simple, reliable, durable, and precision lime and fertiliser spreaders.
The foundation of the lime and fertiliser spreaders has been laid since the late 1965s, when the first spreader, the B46 model, came into production. The production of the lime and fertiliser spreaders was soon highly successful and required the company to phase out other products to meet the demand for the spreaders.
Bredal’s spreaders spread up to 36 metres wide and have a capacity of up to 23 tonnes.
Both companies, Bogballe and Bredal, are globally known and popular for precision farming. Both offer the farmer spreaders of the highest quality, backed by a team of expert employees. With the merger, the farmer now has access to mounted and trailed spreaders under the same umbrella.
Both companies develop spreaders that help farmers worldwide increase production in a cost-effective manner, and both have shown increasing growth in recent years. This can mainly be attributed to the shift to more digitised products as the need for more precise placement of fertilisers grows.
Bogballe and Bredal will have a total of 109 employees divided between three factories – 64 employees in Bogballe’s factory in Bøgballe, Denmark, between Vejle and Horsens, and 45 employees in Bredal’s current two factories, both located in Vejle, Denmark.
The sale of Bredal was a big decision for Anders Bull Jensen, executive manager of Bredal, and Torben Sørensen, chief operating officer of Bredal. They became the owners of Bredal after their fathers more than thirty years ago. Anders and Torben will both be shareholders in the merged company. The management of Bogballe is also excited about the merger and believes that it will bring several opportunities for technology development as well as marketing.
“Bogballe and Bredal are a good combination, and we look forward to the merger,” say Anders and Torben. “We have always been colleagues and have a lot of respect for Bogballe’s development and products. We believe that the companies that are now merging will bring many benefits to all of us – including agriculture. We are proud of and grateful for all the skilled employees who contributed positively to driving Bredal here. This is the beginning of a new and exciting journey.”
Henning Troelsen, director of Bogballe, says: “The agricultural industry has recently experienced an increasing digitisation of agricultural machinery. Bredal and Bogballe can now develop their product programmes together, so that both brands will continue to be leading manufacturers of fertiliser spreaders for precision farming.”
Farmer brags about Bogballe spreader
Johandre Coetzer from the farm Klippan Boerdery, outside Parys in South Africa, explains why Valtrac’s Bogballe M35W fertiliser spreaders are just the thing for their mixed grain and livestock farming: “We purchased the M35W Bogballe in 2019, after we decided to start farming more precisely. Our need was to spread our fertiliser more evenly in our fields, to save costs and not double spread. With the M35W spreader’s section control and variable spread option, we knew it was the answer!
“We use the M35W for fertiliser application before planting season and then for our follow-up fertiliser. The spreader also came in handy when we had to spread poison for beetles,” Johandre adds.
Johandre highlights the advantages of the spreader in their farming: “The spreader is very efficient, increases our yields and helps us enormously to spread faster. Which allows us to get to the next fields as soon as possible and start spreading there. Our work therefore always remains up to date, and the even distribution of the fertiliser results in better yields within our farming. The GPS application with which the spreader is equipped also helps us to make sure that we do not miss certain parts in the fields, or double spread parts. This enables us to use every piece of land to its full potential.
“We experience very good service from Parys. They certainly stand behind their product, and so far we have not experienced any problems with the spreader. We will definitely be looking at the same spreader in the future. This Bogballe M35W is certainly worth the effort, and an asset to our farming. I would recommend the spreader to any farmer,” concludes Johandre.
Bredal spreaders hit the spot
A well-known name in South Africa, Bredal, boasts new spreading technology that has been developed in the past few years.
Bredal’s XE’s spreading discs are placed six metres apart behind the spreader. This makes for more even distribution without unnecessary overlap. Each disc has a diameter of 70 cm, and they are fed by two conveyor belts from the hydraulic floor feeder.
The discs rotate towards each other and place the material in two layers one above the other to keep distribution as even as possible. The speed at which the discs spin can be adjusted separately for precise control.
Four-blade discs spread lime up to 30 metres wide and six-blade discs are used to spread fertiliser up to 48 metres wide.
Human Landboudienste chooses Bredal
Hans-Jurie Human from Human Landboudienste tells more about their path with Bredal: “In 2018 we looked for a spreader that works more productively than the traditional spreaders. In 2019, Wynn Dedwith from Valtrac and I flew over to Denmark to investigate what would work under our conditions. Bredal’s K135 XE model stood far above the rest. What stood out for us was the spreading width that the spreader offers. The XE can spread between 16 and 24 metres wide, where the traditional spreaders are limited to 10 metres of spreading width.
“This means that the XE model increases your productivity with 60% per day compared to the traditional spreaders. Another advantage is that the calibration is also done automatically, which means that your standing time per day is significantly less. The calibration is also continuously adjusted, and it is very accurate. It also removes the issue of doubting whether you have spread the right amounts in your fields, especially for contractor work,” adds Hans-Jurie.
“In the four years we have been running the XE spreader, the maintenance was minimal. There was normal wear and tear on the discs and the floor feeder, but they are built quite strong, and we really have not spent much on the spreader yet,” concludes Hans-Jurie satisfied.
Valtrac helps the farmer where they can and offers parts for old and new.
Call for Attie de Villiers at 083-261-9863 or 056-817-8006 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to take control of your fertiliser placement. Also visit Valtrac at www.valtrac.co.za.