It’s fast approaching harvest time in and around the town of Horsham in Victoria’s west, which provided an idyllic backdrop for a recent photo shoot for Massey Ferguson.
The first star of the show was a new 320hp MF 8680 tractor pulling the new 40’ MF9800 Series single disc air drill. With the camera crew in place, shooting both video and still photography from various vantage points, a great selection of shots were taken showing the awesome power of the MF8680 pulling the new air-seeder through its paces on a fallowed paddock.
Also making an appearance on a beautiful sunny day in the heart of the Wimmera was the new MF9760 self-propelled swather which was fitted with a mower conditioner front and captured making light work of a healthy crop of oats & hay in a nearby paddock.
Shots taken from the day’s shoot will be used in future promotional campaigns. Have you been in the Wimmera lately?
Celebrated for its rich agricultural industries, vineyards, orchards and cereal production, Griffith situated in South Western New South Wales, has a new full line AGCO dealer for the town and surrounding areas.
At an evening event marking the beginning of the company’s promising new relationship with AGCO were 130 local guests and AGCO representatives from management, sales and technical support.
From humble beginnings in 1996, well-known local Darryl Serafin has built a successful business offering outstanding service and support for different tractor and machinery brands while developing extensive experience in the Australian agricultural industry.
His awareness of different challenges and factors affecting farming practices has made Serafin Ag Pro the success it is today. With 22 experienced and fully equipped staff, Darryl and his team understand the importance and urgency of ensuring customers continue to operate in the field.
Previously a dealer for various other tractor brands, Serafin Ag Pro is now on board with AGCO and can supply recognised major brands including Massey Ferguson, Challenger, Fendt, Gleaner and Iseki.
The 2012 National Field Days in New Zealand, were held at Mystery Creek, Hamilton in June.
On the back of two days of successful Massey Ferguson and Fendt Dealer meetings in Auckland, a number of AGCO staff and dealers from across Australia and New Zealand made the trek to one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest field days, which spans across a massive 88 hectare site.
The AGCO site was once again an impressive display with each brand represented with a comprehensive line-up of product.
For a first in New Zealand, the new MF7600 Series tractors were on display for all to see.
Also on debut was the new Fendt 700, 800 and 900 SCR Series tractors, which received plenty of attention as customers flocked to see the new ranges.
The mood overall was very positive with the AGCO site receiving plenty of customers and interest which resulted in many sales being made.
“It was one of the most positive field days that I can remember – the level of inquiry and interest was huge and the subsequent orders that followed was something we haven’t seen in years,” says Peter Scott, NZ Manager for AGCO. “It certainly makes all the hard work and investment that goes into field days worthwhile”
As part of a worldwide AGCO initiative, AGWN (AGCO Global Women’s Network) was officially launched in Australia last month.
AGWN is a women’s network established for the staff of AGCO, designed to support the women within the organisation, in achieving their professional goals through development and career advancement.
Up to 20 staff members from the Sunshine office were introduced to the initiative by Warwick McCormick (Vice President & Managing Director, ANZ & FE), Luke Harrop (HR Manager, ANZ & Far East) and Linn Warzelhan (Director HR, APAC) in a two hour information seminar, which highlighted the program and provided updates on worldwide AGWN programs. A thorough interactive exercise was also run by Linn, who is also part of the AGWN Steering Committee, in regards to the women working at AGCO, providing staff with the opportunity to suggest activities that may support women in their career growth at the company.
Further to this event, a number of AGCO staff attended the first “Outstanding Women’s Series Breakfast” in March, presented by the Australian Institute of Management. More of these breakfasts will be attended to by AGCO staff throughout 2012, providing insight into some of the most successful career women in the country.
A local committee will now be established to drive the initiatives that were discussed at the launch.
“This is a great opportunity for AGCO staff to give their suggestions on how to improve the professional roles of women within the company,” says Luke. “By having a large number of both women and men attendees at the launch, across all departments of the company, it provided a positive environment for staff to make their suggestions.”
After all the news, coverage and widespread discussion, the time had finally come – the Gleaner Super Series combine hit the field in Australia!
The main feature of the Australian 2011/2012 harvest was the big, black S77 combine; travelling throughout Australia as part of the Gleaner Demo Program.
Starting in Springsure, Queensland, the Gleaner combine worked its way down to the southern state of Victoria.
“It’s fantastic to finally see the Gleaner S77 in action during harvest,” says Marcus Paul, Gleaner Product Manager. “After our Australian launch back in April 2011, dealers and customers alike had the opportunity to see the combine at work first hand,” he added.
This year’s harvest shaped up to be a hot one, with soaring temperatures in central Queensland and New South Wales. However, the heat didn’t affect the new Gleaner combines – grain samples were of the highest quality, with minimal losses – something customers across the country have been more than happy with.
Pictured: The Gleaner S77 working the fields in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
What combine did you use this harvest?