At Israel’s Kibbutz Nirim, farmers use Massey Ferguson tractors for a variety of reasons. One is the excellent service they get from farm equipment distributor Comasco. “They’re always here when we need them,” says Farm Manager Ohad Gotshtat through a translator. “They also ask us questions about what we are doing and how they can help. They don’t try to sell us things we don’t need.”
Another reason for using Massey Ferguson: fuel efficiency. “We try to make [farming] as mechanized as we can,” says Nirim farmer Nahar.
Nahar notes the kibbutz owns three Massey Ferguson tractors that are used for a variety of tasks, from pulling trailers to planting. Yet, he says, there’s a downside to mechanization, “diesel is very expensive here … and we found the Massey tractors to be fuel efficient. They’re not consuming that much diesel and that’s a good thing, a very good thing in Israel.”
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Massey Ferguson® 4600 Series tractors have quickly become a favorite for utility applications. With the introduction of the 4600M Series, which consists of three new models, Massey Ferguson has made them even more versatile with the addition of new options and standard features, as well as compliance with new emissions standards.
An improved Deluxe cab option boasts even more features for comfort and convenience. Among them are a rear wiper and defrost, fender-mounted 3-point-hitch controls, an air-ride seat, a front sun visor, and long-lasting and super-bright LED lights. Those who need a utility tractor for loader work will also appreciate a loader-ready package that includes frame rails, joystick control and grill guard. Both the Standard and Deluxe cabs will also come radio-ready, with speakers and antennae.
“The new Deluxe cab will be particularly beneficial for our customers in northern climates conducting snow-removal activities,” says Warren Morris, AGCO tactical marketing manager for tractors under 150 HP.
All models also meet the newest Tier 4 Final emissions standards. For the new MF4609M and MF4610M models, this involved the addition of an SCR (selective catalytic reduction) system to supplement the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and high-pressure common rail system.
“We introduced a new 70-HP model, the MF4607M,” Morris says. “This puts it below the 75-HP threshold, which allows us to build it to Tier 4 Final emission requirements without SCR components to achieve this level. This helps to keep the costs down for customers, but still gives them the features they need from a full-utility tractor.”
“The football instinct,” Jason Schwab says, “is when somebody scores on you, you regroup, and you have 30 seconds to figure out how they’re not going to do it again.” That’s how Schwab operates his dairy, and AGCO’s willingness to listen and adapt to his needs makes the company’s equipment the right choice for him.
Jason quite literally views his role at Schwab Dairy as head coach. And whether by intention or intuition (likely both), Jason follows, pretty much to the letter, the philosophies and processes of some of the most successful coaches in the sport. It’s no secret that some of those philosophies and processes translate well to business, and to life.
Jason Schwab and his family dairy have a long history with AGCO products, including Massey Ferguson® tractors in a wide range of horsepower, and even Challenger® and Sunflower® equipment. From the first MF6180 the Schwabs acquired from Mike Bookmiller at Java Farm Supply in Batavia, N.Y., in 1998, to newer models, including the MF8660 running on the farm now, Jason has seen his own demands change and the AGCO products evolve to meet them.
“I really like the adaptive strategies they’ve put in place,” he says. “They’ve had senior people here at my table wanting to know how they can make things better … then watching minute things happen from my side.”
Between that and the top-notch service he receives from Bookmiller and Java, Jason says, “I don’t think I’ve ever been down for more than a couple hours.” And, he adds, “My equipment can’t be down.” You don’t have to be a baller to relate to that.
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Massey Ferguson is introducing a new range of 50hp-85hp tractors for selected African and Middle East markets.
This latest move will further strengthen its product offering in the lower horsepower tractor sector in these territories and offer a broader choice to farmers looking for a rugged and reliable multi-purpose machine. In addition, to complement these new MF 300 Series tractors, a new line of Massey Ferguson-branded implements is also being unveiled for the region.
“Simple, yet powerful, the MF 300 Series tractors are tried and tested, with a strong reputation for straightforward operation and robust dependability – they are ideally-equipped to meet the tough challenges of African and Middle East agriculture,” says Thierry Lhotte, Massey Ferguson Vice-President Marketing, Europe/Africa/Middle East. “More than 1.5 million units based on this renowned design are already at work in the world.”
Affordable and economical to run, these entry-level ‘do anything’ tractors will have strong appeal as the main power source for smallholder farmers or local community groups looking to mechanise or upgrade their agricultural operations. The models can also be a valuable addition to a machinery fleet on larger farms or estates requiring a cost-effective workhorse.
Initially, a choice of six Massey Ferguson matched implements, covering cultivation, planting and transport, will be available for the MF 300 Series.
“As true multi-taskers, the MF 300 Series are equally adept at cultivation, planting, transport or yard duties, working across a wide range of farm sectors including arable, livestock and horticulture,” explains Thierry Lhotte. “Low cost of ownership, easy servicing and maintenance plus expert support from the Massey Ferguson local Distributor ensure a fully-sustainable and inclusive farm mechanisation package.”
Consisting of six models in total, three MF 300 Series models are set for release in early 2016 – the 50hp MF 345 two-wheel-drive (2WD), 75hp MF 375 (2WD) and 85hp MF 385 (2WD and 4WD). The longer wheelbase 50hp MF 350 (2WD), 60hp MF 355 (2WD) and 60hp MF 360 (2WD) will follow later in the year.
Silver Medal for 360°camera fitted to Massey Ferguson Delta and Centora Combines at Agritechnica Show 2015
A new 360° camera system now available for the Massey Ferguson MF 9380 Delta and MF 7380 and MF 7382 Centora combines has been awarded a DLG Silver Medal at the Agritechnica Show 2015.
The camera allows operators to ‘see’ into blind spots and pick up objects that they may not be able to view from the cab or in the mirrors. This improves safety, efficiency and reduces the risk of damage by providing an uninterrupted, ‘real time’ view of all around the whole machine – including from above.
In awarding the Silver Medal, the DLG judges said: “Digital processing increases the potential of imaging systems to detect the environment around an agricultural machine. This technology is a major advance over purely visual solutions.”
The system also makes it easier to manoeuvre the combine, which reduces the risk of collisions and accidents. Ultimately this will also improve efficiency with quicker, safer headland turns as well as cutting downtime, lowering avoidable repair and damage costs as well as the associated risks when operating large vehicles.
The 360° camera system will be available through the AGCO Parts Division in 2016. The Dealer-fitted system takes about one day to install and calibrate.