Rata Blog

Subsoil & Aeration Equipment

Posted by Glenn Walton on Sep 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Soil Aeration

Rata Panerazer

Soil aeration in pastures is particularly essential for healthy pasture growth, here’s why;

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Topics: Soil Aeration, Drainage, Soil Nutrients, Cultivation, Grass Growth, Soil Compaction

Agrex SDA Fertiliser Spreader

Posted by Glenn Walton on Aug 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM


The SDA fertiliser spreaders are compact and light and can be pulled by low-power tractors. However, they have the same sturdiness and high precision as large agricultural machines. One of their distinctive features is quantity control through a setting gauge which guarantees accurate fertiliser distribution. If necessary, it is possible to adjust the quantities being fed into the two spreading discs. The side conveyors allow for localised spreading on row cultivation of 1.5 - 5m. The deflectors are adjustable and enable the fertiliser to be discharged where it is needed, thus avoiding unnecessary waste.

The SDA fertilizer spreaders are excellent for full field distribution even on small and medium sized unlevel ground. By adding hopper extensions, to the 800 liter model, 1000 and 1200 liter capacities can be obtained. The spreading charts supplied with the machine enable the operator to adjust the working width and the fertilizer load for a spreading width of upto 18 m.

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Topics: Fertiliser Spreading, Soil Nutrients, Rata

XDI Fertiliser Spreader

Posted by Glenn Walton on Jul 31, 2017 8:19:19 PM


The XDI fertiliser spreaders are directed at professional operators and at third-party contractors in view of their high performance in the distribution of fertilisers on large stretches of land. The standard hopper has a loading volume of 1500 liters which can be increased to 3000 liters by simply adding, at any given time, an extension.

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Topics: Fertiliser Spreading, Soil Nutrients, Grass Growth, Rata

FORK, SCOOP or GRAB?? - What's best for you?

Posted by Sam Searle on Jun 30, 2017 9:02:00 AM

With winter well and truly here bringing colder & shorter days so has come the need for feeding out.

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Topics: Feed Nutrition, Winter Feeding, Pit Silage, Silage Grab, Silage, Silage Handling

Every Mouthful Digestible.

Posted by Glenn Walton on May 30, 2017 10:39:38 AM


Getting instant quality and results isn’t always easy.

Rata silage grabs were first designed in 1994 to meet the needs of the day, with higher horse power tractors and increased production on farms they were redesigned in 2016. That’s why Rata silage grabs have a reputation on farms all over New Zealand for their quality and results.


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Topics: Silage Tines, Feed Nutrition, Winter Feeding, Pit Silage, Silage Grab, Rata, Silage, Silage Handling

Best Beet Bucket Pic

Posted by Glenn Walton on Apr 28, 2017 5:03:06 PM
Your Rata beet bucket must be well used already this season or just about to go into action? Maybe you need to order yours?

Why not grab the camera and snap a picture or write a story, to send to us at sales@rataindustries.co.nz and go in the draw to win a free Cricket Cooler? Draw will be held on the 1st July 2017.

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Topics: Beet Buckets, Feed Nutrition, Fodder Beet, Beet Harvesting

Beet Feeding Transition Made Easy

Posted by Glenn Walton on Feb 28, 2017 9:14:59 AM

Not A Lot Of Scope For Error;

Fodder Beet has a high sugar content which means excessive intakes can lead to lactic acid production in the cow’s rumen and cause acidosis.

Fodder beet has become increasingly popular over the past three to four years because the crop is high yielding and suitable as a supplement feed for beef and dairy herds. Despite that they are an excellent source of energy, stock can be offered too much of this high sugar crop in their daily feed intake at the beginning of the crop being fed and not have sufficient time to adapt.


We have a solution for you, read on....

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Topics: Beet Buckets, Feed Nutrition, Fodder Beet, Winter Feeding, Beet Harvesting

Out For A Field Day

Posted by Glenn Walton on Jan 30, 2017 4:17:06 PM

Demonstrations, Displays, and Competitions

Agricultural fieldays here in New Zealand are full of fun and excitement for all ages, with plenty of activity from live demonstrations, static displays, and competitions.

So why does Rata exhibit?

For your Free Rata Cap and more read on...

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Topics: Field Days

The Finest Tines On Earth

Posted by Glenn Walton on Dec 15, 2016 2:40:40 PM

The finest tines? Yes the finest.


If you’ve ever thought about how good the tines are on your Rata forks or looking to make a purchase, here is something you should consider, it will save you a fortune.


In each batch of SHW tines one is tested to the extreme 15,000 times in this special testing station.

SHW tines are made from silicium spring steel which is specially designed for the manufacturing of tines. The steel is sourced from German Manufacturers.

SHW is one of the leading manufacturers in the word with a total sales volume of 450.000 tines per year. All tines are “Made in Germany” and supply to many of the leading OE manufacturers of attachments.

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Topics: Silage Tines, Forged Parts, Bale Tines, Quality

How-To Aerate Soil Effectively

Posted by Glenn Walton on Nov 29, 2016 1:47:18 PM

Effective Soil Aeration:

The purpose of soil aeration is to overcome soil compaction and its effects. Soil Compaction is created from heavy machinery and livestock hooves. Heavy machinery can cause compaction below the surface while soil compaction from livestock can be nearer the surface.


Water ponding: A sure sign of soil compaction.

Do you have water ponding like this after break grazing cattle? This will be a difficult area of the paddock to work with…

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Topics: Soil Aeration, Drainage, Soil Nutrients, Grass Growth, Soil Compaction