BlackBird: Trailing shoe system by Vogelsang
BlackBird Trailing Shoe

Trailing shoe system with the highest precision
BlackBird Trailing Shoe

  • Slurry spreading below the crop with up to 12 kg coulter pressure for optimum nutrient utilisation
  • Unique placement of the slurry due to flow-optimised trailing shoe for minimum contamination
  • Outstanding - award winning slurry distribution accuracy due to perfectly matched components (DLG test report 7030)
  • Slurry at all outlets within 2 seconds (DLG test report 7030)
  • Better penetration into the soil due to new trailing shoe shape for lowest nutrient losses and long service life


Maximum nutrient absorption thanks to precise spreading with the BlackBird
How the trailing shoe system BlackBird spreads slurry

The nutrients in the slurry only have the optimum effect if they are placed where the crops can absorb them best. This is why every single element of Vogelsang’s trailing shoe system BlackBird is designed to offer maximum precision.

The BlackBird gets its name from the nozzle of the trailing shoes, which have a long, beak-like shape that slows down the flow rate of the slurry before it leaves the discharge. This unusual geometry is the result of our flow simulations, and allows the slurry to be deposited at the base of the plants in a controlled manner that does not cause splashes or contaminate the plants. Its new, pointed shape helps the BlackBird’s skids penetrate the soil better, and also improves service life.

In addition to this, the centrally positioned precision distributor and sophisticated hose layout also help to improve the precision of the trailing shoe. The fact that the hoses are all the same length also plays a significant role in this. At the same time, the sophisticated hose layout prevents the system from creating V-shaped grooves at the start of its furrow. The discharge hoses are black for optimum UV resistance.

Worldwide number one – The BlackBird® and the ExaCut ECQ
Quality leadership in slurry distribution accuracy and maintenance

The precision distributor ExaCut ECQ was put through its paces when Vogelsang faced up to the strict test criteria of the DLG product testers. And it was a success. According to the DLG evaluation scheme, the precision distributor achieved the grade “Very good” in the test modules “Functionality and work quality” and “Handling, operation and maintenance” from the DLG testing framework for slurry application technology. The 15 m wide Vogelsang trailing shoe system BlackBird was tested with two ExaCut ECQs.

Customers benefit from excellent values in distribution accuracy and time. Both for slurry spreading and maintenance, which is unbeatable with a maximum of 20 minutes compared to conventional precision distributors.

More on the DLG test

Features of the BlackBird

The unit is designed to be mounted on either a 3 or 4-point hydraulic system.
The integrated holding and security device in the boom makes the installation easier.
Liquid manure, a valuable commodity, must be spread evenly and reliably in the distribution hoses. Vogelsang precision distributors permit precise distribution of the nutrients with a distribution coefficient of less than 5 percent. This makes spreading a safe and reliable process without fluctuations – which also guarantees even plant growth.

The discharge hoses on the Vogelsang dribble bar systems all have similar lengths, thanks to the optimized hose layout. The liquid manure reaches the soil almost simultaneously from each one, and spreading across the entire working width and length is also guaranteed. This not only ensures optimum lateral distribution accuracy in the linkage, but also prevents the V shape that can otherwise form.
A flow-optimized manure discharge ensures that the manure discharge is controlled and even. The functional skid geometry combs through the crops in clean, even furrows for extremely precise manure spreading.
When driving on the road, the hoses of the dribble bar system are rotated upward 180° so that they are vertical. This reliably prevents leakage and keeps the road clean and safe.
Modified leaf springs compensate for any oscillations out in the field and during folding procedures and transport. Hydraulic cylinders with end-position damping make for smooth folding processes that don’t put too much strain on the linkage.
The plastic compound used for the BlackBird hoses is highly robust and elastic. This makes the hoses resistant to the effects of chemicals and environmental influences. It is also black for greater UV resistance.
Comfort Flow Control (CFC) is the universal solution when it comes to shutting off hoses in any system: part-width section cut-offs, tramline switching or DropStop systems. The CFC is installed in the hose outlets of the spreader device, downstream of the distributor. Each hose or group of hoses can be shut off from the cab. The CFC is versatile and can be used in any unit – dribble bar systems, trailing shoe systems or tillage units.

The passive pendulum compensation in the middle frame ensures that the boom consequently follows the shape of the ground.