At regional machinery exhibition with his wife, Darryl Lush took a test drive on a new Fendt 626 Favourit and thought “someday I want to have this Fendt on my farm”. That was some 30 years ago.
Fendt produced only 65 Favorit 626 models, with an estimated six units exported to Australia. Two of these tractors would end up at Darryl’s 2200 hectare property near Gunnedah, northern NSW.
Darryl grows wheat, canola, sorghum and cotton and also operates a small construction business undertaking earthworks mainly in the region, but from time to time has ventured as far as Melbourne. It was this business that first introduced Darryl to Fendt tractors – he has been hooked ever since.
Finding a tractor that was be suitable for his business proved difficult. After approaching several other manufacturers with little success, fortuitously, a neighbor suggested Darryl take a look at Fendt. A suggestion that had lasting result.
Darryl’s first Fendt was a Favourit 612 LS, which gave him many years of faithful service. His next,was the first of two Favorit 626 LS. The 626 gave him the edge over many of his competitors in construction.
“On large construction sites I would have some friendly competition with other operators, but at the end of the day the 626 would always be more capable” He said proudly.
Today, Both Darryl and his 626 put in fewer hours, pulling a chaser bin during harvest and occasionally small construction jobs in the local area.
“I am very attached to my 626 Favorit, but if someone makes me a good offer, enough that I could buy a new 900 Vario, I would probably be weak,” laughs Darryl.
Images of Darryl’s Favorit 626 are available on Fendt Global.
Under the motto “Go East”, the Fendt sales engineer Jan-Christoff Hoffmann started out from Marktoberdorf today in a 936 Vario. His destination: a large-scale farm in the Ukraine with some 300,000 hectares of land. He will travel about 3,000 kilometres in the next four weeks to get there. He will drive through seven countries and work on different farms in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldavia and the Ukraine – doing tillage, grassland, transport and harvesting work as well as performing construction and forestry operations.
Together with the agricultural engineering magazine profi, AGCO/Fendt will accompany the tour with a film crew, so that a brand-new, exciting DVD of the Go East Tour will be available for the Agritechnica 2013. The logo for the tour is a sun, because the sun rises in the East. That is the goal that drivers drive towards on their tractors in the morning and have in the rearview mirror in the evening after a long day at work.
See where Jan-Christoff Hoffmann and his 936 Vario are right now. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FendtGlobal
REN Machinery, one of the longest serving machinery dealers in Warragul, Australia, has changed hands after 53 years of supporting their local community.
AGCO Managing Director and Vice President ANZ Warwick McCormick, along with staff, thanked the French family, the late Earl French and more recently Gary French, for their long involvement in supporting the various brands AGCO manufactures and distributes throughout Australia.
Taking over the Dealership and inheriting a tradition of service and professionalism from the French family, two local residents, Justin Kay and Brad Kinrade will now represent the Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Valtra and Iseki brands in Warragul and the surrounding districts
AGCO’s decision to appoint and support Justin and Brad in their new venture is an encouraging sign of the transition to a new generation of locally owned and operated dealerships that continue to support their local communities.
Justin and Brad thanked AGCO Australia for the confidence shown in their future plan to develop the local business and for the opportunity to be part of the ever increasing growth and diversity in products required for modern day farming practices.
“The brands that AGCO offer are all of premium quality and offer one of the most extensive product lines available to professional farmers, large and small alike and contractors in the Warragul region. We have confidence in the agricultural industry and look forward to offering these quality brands to existing and new R.E.N Machinery customers,” Justin and Brad said.
REN Machinery will continue operations from their existing Warragul premises.
Although it seems like yesterday, three years ago today we launched the AGCO Blog. We’d like to give a big thanks to our readers and contributors; we appreciate you continuing to read, respond and engage on our blog! Our goal remains to give our visitors – a global mix of farmers, agriculture industry professionals, investors and AGCO employees around the world – the opportunity to take a look inside AGCO and our brands, as well as interact with us. It also serves as a platform to exchange information, find answers, and get expert advice from one another.
As we look back during the past year, we wanted to share some of your favorite blog posts:
Top 3 Blog Posts from Past Year:
- AGCO Launches Mobile App for Professional Farmers – The announcement of our new mobile app, AGCOMMAND, an innovative app for farmers around the world.
- Massey Ferguson 9500 series Combine Proudly Waves the Maple Leaf – Featuring an image of a combine wrapped in the Canadian flag.
- AGCO Publishes First Sustainability Report – When AGCO published the first global sustainability report.
There were many great blog posts throughout the year, and we look forward to sharing more with you in the future. Share in the comments below which blog post was your favorite.
We look forward to many more years of bringing you the best in agriculture!
The AGCO Africa Summit in Berlin in January came and went by very quickly but not so fast as to deny me of memorable moments. First of all I would like to thank AGCO for granting me this great opportunity as their Africa Ambassador 2013. It was overwhelming to be chosen via the video contest from more than 30 applicants and it was a great experience to host such a top-class international conference.
As was to be expected, the high profile representatives from industry and government from within and outside Africa left indelible impressions on me with their varying perspectives about agriculture. Agriculture plays a major role in Africa’s future and the world’s food security. It was not a surprise that the final keynote speech by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, was potent enough to make any businessman, who may have never considered becoming a farmer, to entertain thoughts of serious involvement in ‘agri-business’.
Meeting and interacting with experts of various nationalities and cultures who all have Africa in common one way or another was indeed an experience of high value. It was a particular delight and also a deep honor to announce the speeches of Former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuour (Ghana) and Horst Koehler (Germany).
I cherish the memories of each distinguished speaker that I had the honor of presenting but there is certainly one that stands out much more than any of the others in my mind. Laetitia Mukungu started her entrepreneurial journey at a very young age and indeed at the time of the conference she was 16 or 17 years old. Her delivery of the story of how she started her foray into rabbit farming in Kenya was as remarkable as the content of the story itself. It is no wonder that she is a 2012 Anzisha Fellow, one of several laurels that I expect this young dynamic woman to win. (She has also most recently won the Diana Prize, March 2012.)
Laetitia spoke very clearly about how and why she started rabbit farming, an initiative that would grow into an excellent example of social entrepreneurship with her Women Rabbit’s Association and My Idea Rabbit Center. Her presentation about why she chose rabbits over other livestock was so compelling that I have begun to ponder why I should not start my very own rabbit farm in Nigeria.
The AGCO Africa Summit, Agriculture in Africa – From Vision to Action, served as a call to action for all involved; policy makers, farmers, financiers and entrepreneurs. Participants got insight into the peculiarities of the African agribusiness landscape with the incredible opportunities available through sustainable agriculture.
I am certainly pleased to have been involved and I am grateful to AGCO’s leadership and very talented international team for the opportunity. It was a great honor to meet and interact closely with Martin Richenhagen , Nuradin Osman and several other inspiring leaders of this leading global agricultural equipment manufacturer.
This report would be incomplete without mentioning the delight of experiencing Germany for the first time: the food, the people and the architecture that had me take pictures and video clips enough for a mini documentary. Visiting Berlin in the dead of winter was indeed as cold as expected but the allure of the city could not be overcome by the snow and chill. The sophistication of the city and its rich history is hard to go unnoticed while looking through the windows of your taxi or while going on foot down any Strasse.
I look forward to another trip to Berlin, but more importantly I envision the many great and innovative actions that AGCO, its partners, customers, suppliers and you and I will take on in the coming years for agriculture in Africa. Thank you AGCO for your commitment in Africa and thanks to all the participants for moving last year‘s conversation forward – I am glad to be a part of this and I am happy to be your AGCO Africa Ambassador in 2013.