George Ebbitt started a contracting business 40 years ago. In the early days, he contracted in square bales and then in 1990 he bought his first round baler. George bought his first McHale 991 round bale wrapper in 1991. In later years Roy, George’s son, joined him in the contracting business and they have steadily increased the amount of work they do.

In the summer months, the Ebbitts concentrate on silage work and in the winter they do slurry work and have a contract for cutting hedges with the National Trust.

Fusion 3

George and Roy run their Fusion 3 on a Valtra T171, in all they run 8 Valtras. For the baling work they row up the grass into 20 ft rows. They work within a 20 miles radius of their yard in Newtownbutler. For their average customer they do between three and four hundred bales

George likes the Fusion as it’s;

“A one man operation. You can work on Sundays without getting help in and it saves a man. Our customers are very happy with the Fusion bales and the silage quality. There is nothing to compare with the Fusion in terms of output and reliability. We buy our balers off Clarkes Farm Machinery, we also buy tractors and tankers from them. If they sell it and we want it, we will buy it from them – their service and parts is second to none. We have needed very few spare parts but we have found McHale parts to be priced well when compared with balers made in other countries.”


“The McHale F5500 is a great job, we are very pleased with her. The automatic greasing is a great job” says George.

Roy bleieves “The McHale F5500 cleans the ground well. I find it makes a better bale than the F550 we previously ran, our customers are very happy with the bales from the F5500”

Bale Count

Fusion 3 – 30,000 bales

Fusion 1 – 80,000 bales

F550 – 40,000 bales

F5500 – 6,000 bales