Farms with good basic feed performance have a better basic feed intake and usually also higher milk yields. This means that it is important to achieve low feed losses and good feed qualities with high digestibility. Clean feed is critical. The degree of contamination is assessed on the basis of the raw ash content. If this is above a certain percentage, soil contamination is to blame. Apart from vermin, frequent causes of contamination are, driving tracks through the forage which cause contamination from the soil, which then get into the grass, especially during raking. Poorly adjusted harvesting equipment also often leads to high soil input. Starting with the mower, which must be set at the right height, optimally coordinated technology is also important for all subsequent operations such as raking, loading and baling. With a working width of up to 13.8 m, the innovative Fendt Former hay rakes ensures that nothing but high-quality forage ends up in the windrow.