A tour of Maschio Gaspardo’s huge stand at the Italian EIMA show this week reveals the largest assortment of arable and grass machines the company has ever had. The stand is crammed with drills, cultivators, power harrows, ploughs, sprayers, round balers, wrappers, rakes and tedders, to name but a few. It does not end here is the message and the company is plotting a clear course to not only fill any perceived gaps in the current ranges, but also expand the portfolio to ultimately provide grass and arable farms with a comprehensive range of machines. The emphasis is on internal growth through its 11 manufacturing plants instead of further acquisitions. So what can expect in the future? In terms of grassland equipment, wider mowers, rakes and tedders could come, and on the arable front the next step could be more min-till machines. There is also a hint of a large square baler.

Incidentally, the striking black edition of the Extreme 365 HTI variable chamber round baler on the stand marks the 30,000th made by Feraboli. Maschio acquired this company at the end of 2014, and EIMA heralded the end of the Feraboli name on the sides. From now on all round balers are branded as Maschio. The plan is to make a limited number of balers in the striking black livery. We will have to wait and see whether UK importer Opico will be able to get hold of any of them.