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Bespoke automated cart system supports farming firm to increase efficiency

30 November 2022

The humble potato has been voted as the UK’s favourite vegetable, according to a new public poll. But do you know how it ends up on your plate? WEG partnered with Technidrive to provide equipment for an automated cart system for plant propagator, John Gabbie & Sons, to help produce over 52 million seeds a year.

Propagator firms germinate and grow plants until they are large enough to handle. These plants are then distributed to farmers, who grow and sell them to supermarkets. 

A propagator firm behind this process, John Gabbie & Sons (based in County Down, Northern Ireland), has several glasshouses that germinate seeds into seedlings. These glasshouses are up to half an acre in size and split up into bays, which are up to 10m wide and 16m long, with walkways for forklifts and tractors.

For plant distribution, an operator needs to drive a tractor or a forklift along the pathway to move bays of plants through the glasshouses. The plants are then physically carried to the end of the bay, boxed, and then sent out to farmers. As with many traditional farming practices, this process is labour intensive.

Read the full article in DPA's December issue

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