Thanks to the endeavours of a group of Massey Ferguson vintage tractor enthusiasts, over £5500 has been presented to the Diabetes Research Group at Kings College, London.
A cavalcade of 19 vintage red and grey Massey Ferguson tractors completed a 17-mile crossing of the treacherous sands at Morecambe Bay last year to raise money for the charity.
At the head of the convoy was mastermind of the event, 81-year-old retired Massey Ferguson employee Bob Dickman driving his 1954 Ferguson TEF 20 tractor. Massey Ferguson supported the event with the supply of raffle prizes including an all-expenses-paid trip for two people to its tractor factory in Beauvais, France.
Bob was delighted to hand over the cheque to the Professor of Endocrine Biology at Kings College, Peter Jones.
“We were thrilled to raise £5,554.00 which was more than double our original target,” says Bob. “We are also hoping to make a further contribution from sales of the DVD of the Morecambe Bay event. The Diabetes Research Group is doing great work and we are pleased to add to their much-needed funds.”
Winner of the top prizes in the Massey Ferguson raffle were Steve Morris and Alister Renton. Steve, who helped organise the guides for the tractor crossing, is a Type 1 Diabetes sufferer and his family has farmed in the Morecambe Bay area for many generations. Alister is the father of four-year-old Neev who also suffers from Type 1 Diabetes and who waved the flag to set off the tractor convoy on the day.
In a glittering ceremony for the prestigious Food and Farming Industry Awards, Lorna Robinson of Cloughbane Farm Foods and Peter Mitchell of OSI Food Solutions were announced as winners in the Massey Ferguson-sponsored Retailer of the Year and Food Buyer of the Year.
“As long-term supporters of these awards, Massey Ferguson is delighted to be part of the event for the 10th year,” said David Sleath, AGCO and Massey Ferguson sales director, UK and Ireland, who attended the ceremony.
The judges commended Lorna Robinson for a highly successful diversification project with the opening of a farm shop. The passion, innovation and commitment from family members and staff, their highly proficient grasp of marketing, advertising and brand-building made the Cloughbane Farm Foods shop an outstanding winner of the Retailer of the Year for 2014.
Food Buyer of the Year, Peter Mitchell emphasises that shortening the supply chain and building relationships with suppliers is the key to success for his profession. He has played an important part in helping businesses like McDonalds to manage a more efficient beef supply chain in order to demonstrate traceability and build confidence.
Helen Hyman of Farndon Fields Farm was named regional winner of the Food Buyer category.
“With their emphasis on entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, the awards encourage the development of new thinking and ideas into British food and agriculture – vital for the future of our industry,” David Sleath added.
No matter where you are in the world, you are never far from Massey Ferguson – and that’s been the case for decades!
The first tractor to land on its shores was a 28hp Ferguson TEA20, built at Coventry, England, in 1953. The latest to arrive is a 240hp MF 7624 produced in Beauvais, France.
A diamond jubilee is certainly something to celebrate and SCOMAT, MF distributor in Mauritius, invited 180 customers from the islands to a 60th anniversary party.
“Nearly all the Massey Ferguson ranges from our factories in Brazil and France are sold in Mauritius,” remarks Stuart Scott, Massey Ferguson Area Business Manager. “Tractors are worked very intensively for 1500-2,500 hours a year, mostly for the cultivation and transport of the chief crop – sugar cane.”
MF tractors are incredibly popular here and the brand claims over 50% market share. So unlike like the famous dodo which lived on Mauritius until the late 17th century, there’s absolutely no chance of Massey Ferguson becoming extinct!
Thursday 17 October at London’s Soho Hotel sees the first screening of the brand-new children’s series ‘Little Grey Fergie’ featuring the adventures of a full-size, live-action Ferguson TE20 tractor.
Filmed on location at a Warwickshire farm, this new show is an English version of the popular Norwegian children’s story and TV series ‘Gråtass’. Over the last 15 years, the original story has grown like topsy with not only the TV series but two feature film hits, nine theatrical productions, several more books, DVDs and spin-off articles.
Aimed at pre-school kids, the new adventures of Little Grey Fergie are set on a farm near Coventry in England in the present day with English farm animals, settings and characters.
Production company, Farmyard Stories shot the series on a farm not far from Massey Ferguson’s UK Sales operations at Abbey Park Stoneleigh and only 20 km from the site of the original Coventry factory where the TE20s were built between 1946 and 1956.
A new star for the series is a shiny red, ultra-modern MF 7600 which adds 21st century tractor power to the narrative. Creator of the programmes, Morten Mycklebust is very excited about the launch of the new series. “Massey Ferguson is one of the world’s most recognised brands,” he remarks. “We’re really pleased that our films are giving a completely new generation of youngsters the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the brand and its history.”
“We fully support the development of the Little Grey Fergie character,” says Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Brand Development Manager. “The stories are captivating and we’re sure kids and their families will love him.”
The films have no dialogue – the tales are told through action, sound effects and music – so they will be understood all over the world. You can watch the first adventure at www.littlegreyfergie.com from 18 October.
Three new telescopic handlers in the MF 9000 Xtra Series from Massey Ferguson make their debut at the Agritechnica Show in Hannover on 11th to 16th November. All are powered by new Stage 3b/Tier 4 interim compliant engines and feature a new multi-function joystick option, which allows operators to control the transmission without removing their left hand from the steering wheel.
These new models build on the success of the MF 9000 Series, which introduced the best visibility on the market through a unique curved rear screen. The new MF 9000 Series Xtra models remain compact, agile and manoeuvrable machines that sit on a short, wide chassis, which provides exceptional stability, while the laterally, side-mounted engine offers great access for service.
MF 9000 Xtra Series telescopic handler features
All models powered by latest 3.6 litre, four cylinder engines that employ efficient, straightforward technology to meet the latest exhaust emission regulations
New joystick option allows operators to control the transmission without removing left hand from the steering wheel
Unique and patented curved rear window provides unrivalled, industry-leading visibility to the rear right three quarters, with no cab post to obstruct the view
Short, wide chassis combines the benefits of superb stability with exceptional manoeuvrability from standard four-wheel steer system. Four-speed hydrostatic transmission provides a true 40km/hr top road speed. Ability to fit wide tyres to all models
Novel boom configuration with low rear pivot point for a clear view of the rear right-hand side; up to 190 litres/min closed centre load sensing (CCLS) hydraulics with fully proportional joystick control boom suspension option.