Which agricultural tyres for mixed polycropping-livestock farming

Reducing agricultural tyre costs in mixed polycropping-livestock farming

Authored by: Tractor tyre expert | 21 February 2024

Just by adopting a few good habits, anyone can manage to reduce the maintenance or replacement costs linked to agricultural tyres with the aim of significantly extending the tyre wear life.
For mixed polycropping-livestock farming systems, this makes even more sense, because using your equipment for very different activities has much more impact on the tyres than at farms which only grow field crops.
You effectively need your tyres to withstand heavy loads during handling operations on hard ground, but also to cope with intensive transport by road, and of course to be efficient when working the soil in the fields.

In this article we look in detail at a few habits that will allow you to double the wear life of your tyres and have a real impact on your profitability.

1. A rapid check-up in less than 5 minutes to react before the immobilisation of the tractor

A rapid visual inspection of your agricultural tyres before each campaign can help you save precious time and avoid costly breakdowns in the middle of the fields.

It’s worth bearing in mind that most breakdowns are the result of an earlier problem caused during previous operations.

By detecting potential problems before leaving the farm, you can take preventive measures to repair the fault if this is an easy task, or ensure the necessary maintenance to keep your tyres in good working order.

Minor repairs will allow your tyres to keep going for many more hours of work, whereas a burst tyre during operations will necessitate the replacement of the tyre, which is a far less economical solution.

Here are the principal points to check rapidly, with the steps to take to avoid tractor immobilisation:

Identify cuts and signs of impact which can cause problems

By inspecting the sidewalls and the tread of each tyre, you can easily detect cuts or traces of impact.

If these cuts are minor, they are not a risk, but deeper gashes or hernias, even small ones, require immediate action to prevent the tyre from rupturing during operations.

Cuts on the lugs linked to overly harsh working conditions without the need to replace the tyres
Cuts on the lugs linked to overly harsh working conditions
without the need to replace the tyres

Check abnormal wear to the lugs

Take a close look at the lugs of your tyres to identify any pronounced wear at the front, at the back or on the sides. This may be due to:

  • A geometric fault,
  • Too high an inflation pressure in the fields, leading to excess slip,
  • Underinflation of the tyres when taking to the road after working at low pressure in the fields.

If you find abnormal or irregular wear to the lugs, correct your parallelism and pressure or carry out additional checks.
This will prevent the problem from getting worse and leading to a breakdown.

Abnormal wear to agricultural tyres linked to incorrect parallelism
Abnormal wear to agricultural tyres linked to incorrect parallelism


2. Adapt pressure each time you change activity to reduce costs

Can adjusting tyre inflation pressure increase the lifespan of agricultural tyres?

Adjusting agricultural tyre pressure settings before each task, based on the work to be done, will ensure the durability and the efficiency of your tractor during operations.

Wear is normal over time, but it increases when the tyre is not working in optimal conditions.

By adjusting pressure regularly, you can slow down wear and increase the working life of your tyres.

To have the right pressure settings you must take into account:

  • The load that the tyre has to bear:
    If the pressure does not cater for the load, the tyre will deteriorate rapidly.
  • The type of activity you plan to carry out:
    The pressure settings are not the same for transport by road and working in the fields.
  • The type of ground on which you work:
    Earth is not as abrasive as bitumen.
Higher tyre pressure for working on hard ground in livestock buildings
Higher tyre pressure for working
on hard ground in livestock buildings

What are the pressure adjustments to make based on the different polycropping and livestock farming activities?

There is a specific inflation pressure that corresponds to each different type of activity.

Depending on whether you are working in the fields, at the farm or in transport, you must adjust the pressure in your tyres to obtain the best efficiency from your tyres and extend their lifespan.

Front loaders for handling operations

In mixed polycropping-livestock farming activities, the use of a front loader will exert considerable pressure on the front tyres of the tractor. This cyclic load transfer can make pressure adjustments tricky and dependant on the type of handling operations to be carried out.

For manoeuvres in the farm courtyard and livestock buildings, opt for higher pressure (around 2.4 bar or more depending on the size, if your tyres can) to make sure the tractor is stable during lifting and travel on hard ground with heavy loads.

Check tyre pressure before using a front loader
Check tyre pressure before using a front loader

Transport by road

The recommended inflation pressure for transport by road is between 1.6 and 2 bar.

By increasing the pressure on the road, you reduce rolling resistance on the asphalt surface, which is abrasive. This prevents overheating and premature wear to the tread, especially at high speed.

Adapt agricultural tyre pressure for transport by road
Adapt agricultural tyre pressure for transport by road

Working the soil

On the other hand, reduce tyre pressure (between 0.8 and 1.1 bar) to optimise traction and prevent excessive soil compaction during ploughing, sowing or hoeing operations.

Lower pressure gives you better grip and reduces slip which is one of the reasons for premature wear.


Prepare a table indicating the pressure to adopt for each of your activities, as you always work on the same types of operations with the same implements on your farm.

You will have around 10 different possible pressure settings.

Then you just need to make a quick adjustment before beginning each activity, without wasting time checking your load or doing complex calculations since this job has already been done.


3. Have a good agricultural tyre warranty and a tyre manufacturer expert available

What are the advantages of a good warranty for your tyres?

A full warranty ensures financial protection in the event of manufacturing or material defects.

You will have peace of mind knowing that your investment is secure over time and you are protected against potential defects.

In the event of a problem, a solid warranty means that you can obtain a refund or rapid replacement, thus minimising the costs linked to faulty tyres.

What are the advantages that advice from an agricultural tyre manufacturer expert can bring?

Thanks to their know-how and skills, a tyre manufacturer expert can:

  • Help you choose the most suitable tyres for your specific needs, taking into account your type of farm, your soil and your implements.
  • Provide you with personalised advice to optimise the efficiency of your tyres, reduce maintenance costs and improve overall productivity.
  • Provide you with technical support and rapid solutions in the event of problems.
A Firestone expert is at your disposal to help you manage your agricultural tyre costs
A Firestone expert is at your disposal
to help you manage your agricultural tyre costs


4. The Performer Extra 70: Among the best agricultural tyres for mixed polycropping-livestock farming activities

The Performer Extra 70 is a first choice option for mixed crop-livestock farmers.

Its innovative design and its specific features make it a precious ally for optimising profitability and reducing maintenance costs.

The Performer Extra 70, among the best agricultural tyres for mixed polycropping-livestock farming
The Performer Extra 70, among the best agricultural tyres
for mixed polycropping-livestock farming

Exceptional durability

The Performer Extra 70 has an extra-long wear life. Thanks to the incorporation of an innovative compound in the production of its rubber, it is more solid than its predecessors, with resistance improved by 20%.

The entire Firestone PERFORMA EXTRA range is produced using this new generation compound.

Controlled lab tests
1. Controlled lab tests (DIN abrasion test)
(accelerated ageing test) carried out by Firestone’s R&D centre.

Reduction of operating costs

The Performer Extra 70 contributes to reducing operating costs thanks to several advantages:

  • Time and fuel savings thanks to improved traction.
  • Less frequent tyre replacement thanks to a solid casing and more lasting rubber.

Driving comfort and safety

The Performer Extra 70 has optimal road handling capacities thanks to its reinforced casing and the optimal arrangement of its lugs.

These features reduce vibrations and noise in the cab when driving. This leads to a more comfortable driving experience, allowing the operator to stay efficient throughout the working day.



Firestone’s Performer Extra 70 is perfectly suited for use in mixed polycropping-livestock farming.

Its versatility makes it more efficient, not only for changing the litter in the stalls, but also for all handling operations on hard ground.

With this type of solid, well designed agricultural tyre, a few good maintenance habits and careful use of your equipment will make it possible to slow down wear considerably and maximise your return on investment.


To help you clearly define the causes of premature wear on your current tyres, we have developed a complete guide for you to download free of charge "How to detect abnormal wear in my tractor tyres"

How to detect abnormal wear in my tractor tyres

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