Massey Ferguson reports that the Antarctica2 expedition to the South Pole by MF 5610 tractor spearheaded by Manon Ossevoort has been officially recognised by Guinness World Records.
A certificate has been awarded to Lead Driver, Manon (aka ‘Tractor Girl’), confirming Antarctica2 as the first expedition to the South Pole in a wheel tractor. The certificate officially details that she “left Novo Runway in Antarctica on 22 November 2014 driving a Massey Ferguson 5610 farm tractor to complete a 4,638 km round trip to the South Pole that lasted 27 days, 19 hr 25 min.”
“We are thrilled that the amazing Antarctica2 adventure has been recognised as a world-first,” says Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Director Marketing Services. “We are all so proud that our MF 5610 tractor was chosen to make the trip and that it excelled in every way to ensure that Manon and her team safely reached their destination. It was an awe-inspiring mission that is now firmly part of Massey Ferguson’s story of achievement.”
The expedition was a tough ride for the MF 5610 tractor and Antarctica2 team who faced bitter cold, high altitude, solid ice, snowdrifts and the most extreme, remote terrain. Their daily adventures and emotional arrival at the Pole were followed by millions worldwide on social and broadcast media.
For customers keen to share in the adventure, Massey Ferguson has recently launched an MF 5610 Antarctica2 Special Edition tractor to celebrate the South Pole trek. With the emphasis on high performance, comfort, safety and control, the Special Edition machine is equipped with a package of unique features and exclusive design attributes which reflect the many challenges of the battle across the ice. The features package includes a superdeluxe air-suspended seat, mechanical cab suspension, six LED lights, 540/540E/1000 rpm PTO and Massey Ferguson’s high-spec off-road audio entertainment system.
For Deena and Larry Coleman, and the staff at Pokagon State Park Saddle Barn in Indiana, keeping 14 horses happy, healthy and well-fed, all while maintaining the surrounding property, is no small task.
Enter the 42-HP Massey Ferguson® 1742 tractor the Colemans purchased last spring. Able to haul and load feed as easily as it pulls wagonloads on hayrides, the machine is an all-purpose workhorse.
“We go through a ton of hay every three days,” says Deena. “Those bales weigh about 1,200 pounds, so we have to use a tractor to get them out to the feeder. When we put hay in the feeder, it has to be lined up just exactly right and it has to be level.
“It’s like threading a needle,” she continues, explaining that the integrated loader joystick helps immensely. “It’s quite precise,” says Deena.
Indiana is notorious for its hot, humid summers and snowy winters. Yet, the ergonomically designed, climate-controlled cab, complete with heat, air conditioning and doors on each side, keeps the Colemans comfortable.
“The cab really fit their bill, between working at the Saddle Barn in the summer, doing hayrides in the winter and clearing snow at home when the park is closed,” explains the couple’s dealer, Don Harter, of Harmony Outdoor Equipment in Arcola, Ind.
“Larry loves it because of the cab,” adds Deena, about her husband. “He can put hay out in the winter and stay warm and dry. The tractor is well suited for what we bought it for,” she says.
Massey Ferguson reports that Nancie Clanachan from Maryholm Farm near Dumfries, Scotland has clinched the prize in its Antarctica2 Expedition competition to win the use of an MF 5610 tractor for a season.
Attracting entries from 33 countries, the competition was run on the Antarctica2 Expedition web site which chronicled the thrilling adventure to drive an MF 5610 tractor to the South Pole and back in December 2014. In accomplishing the mission, the MF 5610 staked its place in history and became the first standard farm tractor equipped with tyres to reach the Geographic South Pole overland.
“It was an amazing feat for the Massey Ferguson tractor to get to the South Pole,” says Nancie Clanachan whose family operates a 340-acre beef and sheep enterprise. “We’re absolutely delighted to win the prize – it was a lovely surprise. My sons, who now run the farm, and my grandsons are all very excited about the arrival of the new tractor!”
The Clanachans will be receiving a season’s use of an MF 5610 Antarctica2 Special Edition tractor which Massey Ferguson has recently launched to celebrate the South Pole achievement. With the emphasis on high performance, comfort, safety and control. the Special Edition machine is equipped with a package of unique features and exclusive design attributes which reflect the many challenges of the 5000 km battle across the ice. The features package includes a superdeluxe air-suspended seat, mechanical cab suspension, six LED lights, 540/540E/1000 rpm PTO and Massey Ferguson’s high-spec off-road audio entertainment system.
The Antarctica2 expedition was a huge challenge of strength and endurance for man and machine, and captured the imagination of a worldwide audience. The 28-day trek across the ice with the Antarctica2 team spearheaded by Lead Driver, Manon Ossevoort, was followed on social media alone by more than 27 million people.
Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Director Marketing Services presented the Clanachan family with the keys to the prize MF 5610 at the Royal Highland Show on 19 June. “Congratulations to the Clanachans, we hope they enjoy using the MF 5610,” he said. “Even in the depths of a Scottish winter, we know that the tractor will rise to the challenges on their farm just as it did in the extreme and hostile conditions of the Antarctic.”
MF: One third of global production wasted annually– that’s a huge amount.
MB: Yes, it’s a very large figure. In developing countries, most waste happens in the earlier stages of the food supply chain, whereas in developed regions such as Europe, food is more likely to be wasted at the other end of the chain, when it lands in the hands of the processors, retailers and consumers. This leads to safe food going uneaten. It’s clearly an issue which must be addressed given escalating food demand and continuing poverty and hunger for many in developing countries. The issue is particularly topical at the moment considering that EXPO 2015’s theme is ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ which has a heavy focus on food security, and therefore food waste.
MF: What is the EU’s strategy?
MB: In 2014, the European Commission put forward objectives for food waste reduction in the EU with the stated aim of reducing food waste by at least 30% by 2025. However, in its 2015 work programme, the Commission announced that it would withdraw this legislative proposal in favour of a new, more ambitious one to promote circular economy. This is the idea of reusing and recycling existing materials and products, aiming to ‘close the loop’ in order to avoid loss and waste. The European Commission has launched a public consultation on ‘Circular Economy’ in a bid to promote its new strategy on the subject which it is planning for late 2015. The consultation is open to everyone, so anyone should feel free to have their say if they would like to contribute!
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Nine-year-old Ryan Panbecker is everywhere on the Iowa farm this warm October day. He’s helping get tools out the back of the pickup or running through the stubble of just-harvested corn. If enthusiasm is any indication, Ryan appears destined to take over the family operation, but not for another decade or more down the road.
The trick is to bridge that time somehow by keeping the farm operating in the family, while allowing Ryan’s grandfather, Elroy, who is 69, to transition into retirement. Elroy’s son and Ryan’s father, Terry Panbecker, is the director of the precision agronomic division for a Fort Dodge, Iowa-based agricultural cooperative. Terry is also a former AGCO employee, who, along with his dad, continues to use the company’s farm equipment, including a Massey Ferguson 8680 tractor and Gleaner R65 combine.
There are no statistics as to how many farmers keep working to give heirs time to become adults or to acquire the means to buy them out. Still, while Terry’s situation does make the succession planning a bit more complicated—he plans to continue in his full-time off-farm role while devoting off-hours to the family farm—transition advice is much the same for the Panbeckers as other farmers.
For instance, succession and estate planning experts recommend that goals for the operation be established that take the entire family into account. Everyone involved should list personal, family, business and retirement goals.
“Give yourself the benefit of 10 years to make the transition,” says Joel Green, an attorney with St. Louis-based Aegis Professional Services. “We can do a lot in terms of estate planning with that kind of time frame,” he says.
Attorney Hannon Ford often recommends the use of a living trust into which someone like Elroy Panbecker could place all his assets. Often, the size and complexity of the operation, as well as escalating land values, dictate family limited partnerships or family limited liability companies.
In the case of the Panbeckers, the creator of the living trust can require that the farm not be sold during the next 20 years, for instance. Additionally, the Panbeckers could use a limited liability company, or LLC, to own the assets of the farm—even within the living trust.
In the meantime, Elroy plans to continue farming full time for at least the near term, while Terry holds down his “day job” and gladly works the farm whenever needed. In the not-so-distant future, however, Ryan and/or his sister Nicole may take over the operation. Yet for now, they’re pretty content fetching tools, running through farm fields, learning the ropes on the farm that could one day be theirs, and generally getting to spend time with Dad and Granddad.