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MF at Grassland & Muck 2011

According to the organisers, RASE (Royal Agricultural Society of England), 14,994 visitors attended this years Grassland and Muck show held at Stoneleigh Park, Warkwickshire, UK.

Held over two days last week, the show is a leading industry event showcasing the latest technology and business information on forage production, harvesting, storage and utilisation as well as the latest in muck management and application.

UK Sales Team discuss new products with visitors to the show.

Several of our guys from the UK Sales Team were on hand to demonstrate and discuss some new product introductions.

Please view the video below to see the guys in action, including; the MF 5450 and MF 949 loader with Martin Mills, South West England Area Manager. The MF 9306 telehandler with Steve Mills, East England Area Manager as well as bale handling with the smaller MF 9205 telehandler.

Finally take a closer look at the new HayBoss preservative application system for the 2100 series balers with Andrew Snell, HayBoss Product Specialist.

Are any of these machines on your wish-list?

To the Pole . . . by Massey Ferguson Tractor!

Reliability is always high on the priority list when shopping around for new farm machinery. Here is a story based on some extreme conditions that you probably won’t face in your everyday life, but truly demonstrates the necessity to purchase a reliable machine . . .

On January 4 1958, driving trusty Ferguson TE20 ‘Fergie’ tractors, Sir Edmund Hillary and his team became the first overland explorers to reach the South Pole since Captain Scott’s expedition in 1912, and the first EVER to do so using mechanised vehicles.

In his now famous telegram he told the ‘Massey-Harris- Ferguson Farming Company’:

“Despite quite unsuitable conditions of soft snow and high altitudes our Fergusons performed magnificently and it was their extreme reliability that made our trip to the Pole possible. Stop. Thank you for your good wishes = Hillary”

At the time the press described this as the ‘The Last Great Journey in the World’, although the expedition’s official title was The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58. Led by Englishman Sir Vivian Fuchs its aim was to be the first to cross the continent overland while gathering scientific data.

Fuchs’ plan was to make the journey from each side of the continent with teams including men from Britain, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Sir Edmund Hillary sent a telegram to the company praising the performance of the TE20 tractors.

Hillary led the New Zealand team and their primary role was to set up depots and stash supplies of fuel, food and equipment in a line towards the Pole.

It was this supply work, which first brought Hillary into contact with the Ferguson TE20s. The tractor had already established itself a good Antarctic reputation in 1954 when one tractor worked for 565 hours without the need for a single repair after arriving on the continent on February 13 in temperatures of -10° C.

So when faced with unloading and transporting 500 tonnes of stores across 16 km from the ship to his base camp it is not surprising Hillary turned again to the Fergie: “For unloading the ship it was necessary, of course, to have vehicles. Our problem was overcome by the generosity of Massey-Harris- Ferguson in the UK and their agents in C.B. Norwood in New Zealand. These firms lent us five Ferguson tractors modified to operate in snow conditions,” he wrote.

They were fitted with full tracks and painted red (as opposed to the normal Ferguson grey) to make them easier to spot in the snow.

Hillary’s journey across Antarctica traversed deep crevasses in the snow and ice. Eventually the team reached Depot 700 on 15 December 1957 – despite nearly losing a tractor down a crevasse. It (and its driver) was only saved by the roll-bar jamming against the wall of the ice and holding the vehicle up.

On reaching this destination Hillary commented: “Our Ferguson’s had brought us over 1250 miles (2000 km) of snow and ice, crevasses, soft snow and blizzard to be the first vehicles to drive to the South Pole.”

One of the actual Ferguson TE20s (named ‘Sue’ by the team) that was used on this remarkable expedition is now in the Massey Ferguson Technology Centre in Beauvais, France.

What extreme conditions do you put your tractor through?

1110hp Gensets On Standby

Several newly-built villages in Angola, Africa are using Massey Ferguson 990 Series generating sets for standby power in the event of utility failure.

Inspecting one of the MF 950-860 gensets prior to despatch to Angola.

Supplied by Massey Ferguson dealer, Impormaquinas, these giant 990-860kVA sound-attenuated models are powered by 12-cylinder, 24-litre engines, packing nearly 1110hp at 1500 rpm.  With noise levels of just 85 dBA at one metre, the gensets are equipped with the latest digital ATS2 Automatic Transfer Switch which automatically switches on the generator when mains power failure is detected.

Powered by AGCO SISU POWER diesel engines, the standard Massey Ferguson Power Series generating set line-up is available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and covers a huge range with nearly 100 models extending from 9kVA to 700kVA.

Where do you have a need for a generator set?


Richard Brooks of Eurobale produces haylage for the equine market with an MF 2140 baler.

Haylage is a notoriously tricky crop to bale but an MF 2140 which joined the fleet at UK-based Eurobale in 2010 is putting in a flawless performance according to co-owner, Richard Brooks. Indeed, the Massey Ferguson big square baler’s increased capacity has triggered a 45% rise in output – and all this without compromising the existing bale wrapping and packaging operation.

Being virtually spore- and dust-free, haylage is a preferred feed for the equine market, providing essential fibre for gut motility. Supplying over 9000 tonnes a year to major equestrian establishments including racehorse trainers and event riders, father and son partners, Geoff and Richard Brooks of Eurobale in Nottinghamshire have developed a highly successful business centred on the supply of this premium niche product.

“Having always ridden ourselves, we have wide experience of the horse market and understand what’s required,” says Richard.  “We defined a need for the reliable supply of a consistent high-quality traceable product delivered direct in bulk,” he says. Today, the firm takes care of the entire process, from seeding the grass right through to harvest, nutritional analysis, bale wrapping, storage and delivery. Some of their biggest customers take 300-400 tonnes a year.

“There are several key issues to producing haylage for the demanding horse market,” Richard explains. “The requirement for high quality means harvesting at just the right time. If cutting is delayed by three or four weeks, the selling price can halve – hence the need for reliable, high-capacity equipment. We have only a very short window to cut the crop. It’s important to get the timing right and go in when the protein content is at the correct levels.”

Testing the quality of the crop. Being virtually spore- and dust-free, haylage is ideal for horses.

“The first cut of 750 ha takes place in June and we hope to be finished by mid-July. In recent years, the weather has been such that in some seasons we have had only two harvestable days in June. We make a second cut approximately eight  weeks later.”

With its 80 x 70 cm chamber, the MF 2140 represents a step up from Eurobale’s traditional 80 x 47 cm bales. “We wanted to move forward this year, and bigger bales were the way to go without having to change our wrapping equipment back at the yard,” Richard explains. “The bales are still small enough for easy handling by our customers but with significant increase in capacity. Now with every MF 2140 bale we wrap, we’ve increased output by 45% simply because of the size of the bale.”

Bales are packed six to a pallet, weighing 1400 kg. For full traceability, each bale is numbered and tagged with details of cutting date, dry matter value and field of origin. Once with the customer, the bales tend to be used in situ, broken down as required and the flakes transported by wheelbarrow.

But it’s not only bigger bales where the MF 2140 is making an impact. Manufactured in Hesston, Kansas, the machine’s build quality and reliability is also impressing.

“Another challenge with haylage is that it’s a difficult crop to bale,” comments Richard. “While straw tends to polish up the inside of the bale chamber and silage is wet, haylage is baled at 65% dry matter so it’s slightly sticky. The high level of sugars can build up a residue inside the chamber and cause problems.” Added to that, in Eurobale’s case, they always run the baler with a high plunger load setting to achieve maximum bale density, creating a demanding environment in which it has to operate.

“In 2010, our MF 2140 produced 20,000 bales faultlessly,” Richard says. “You only have to open up the panels at the side to see the quality – the machines produced at Hesston are built to a completely different standard. The double knotter system is another big advantage as it allows the bales to be made at full density without putting undue pressure on the knotters. The pre-compression chamber is also a benefit since it forms each flake separately which makes for easier feeding of long, course material like first-cut Timothy.”

Spurred on by the positive impact of the MF 2140 on the business, Eurobale is adding a further two units for the 2011 season together with a new MF 6499 tractor which is being drafted in to operate a new triple combination mower.

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Building the Massey Ferguson Brand in Key Growth Markets

As a truly global brand, Massey Ferguson is making inroads in key parts of the world where farm machinery markets are on the move.

Massey Ferguson tractor sales are continuing to forge ahead in Turkey following the establishment of the brand-new company, Massey Ferguson Tarım Makineleri Ltd. based in Istanbul.  At the same time, in Poland, one of central Europe’s biggest tractor markets, the brand is experiencing a strengthening of business.  In China, new factories are set to see production of MF machines.

MF tractor sales in Turkey hit 2,580 units in 2010.  The 2011 target is even more ambitious and sales are already well on track. This makes Turkey not only one of the largest tractor markets by volume for Massey Ferguson in Europe, Africa and the Middle East but also one of its fastest-growing sales markets.  Since the inception of Massey Ferguson Tarım Makineleri in 2008, more than 60 MF dealers have been appointed throughout the country to give virtually 100% geographical coverage.

MF tractors await delivery at Korbanek in Poland.

In Poland, the MF flag is being flown by distributor, Korbanek, who has made major investments in the business infrastructure to support the brand.  Over 550 Massey Ferguson tractors were shipped there in 2010 and a further increase in volume is expected this year.  MF combines are also now being sold in Poland for the first time in many years.  Earlier this year, product training was carried out for over 80 dealer sales staff, while more than 100 Polish farmers recently visited the Beauvais factory in France to see Massey Ferguson tractors being built.

Changzhou in southeast China and Daqing in Heilongjiang in the northeast are the planned sites of two new plants to produce MF low to high horsepower tractors.  China is one of the world’s largest farm equipment markets and offers tremendous growth opportunities.  AGCO, Massey Ferguson’s parent company, has been a market leader in China for imported tractors for seven consecutive years.  Over the past decade, it has established a strong local after-sales service and parts capability, serving the needs of local end users in the key farm equipment regions of the country.

Do you farm with a Massey Ferguson tractor? Where are you from and what do you raise on your operation?