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
AGCO has been recognized as a 2011 Champion of Learning by the American Society of Training and Development during Employee Learning Week. Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, is recognizing the contributions of professionals who make the state’s highly skilled workforce a reality and declared December 5‐9, 2011 as Employee Learning Week in the state of Georgia. Employee Learning Week is the time dedicated annually to recognize organizations that are committed to learning. The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development coordinated the observance as part of its efforts to promote awareness of workplace learning and performance.
“Businesses and organizations that are committed to creating a highly skilled workforce recognize the competitive advantage of employee education as skilled employees improve performance and productivity,” according to the proclamation signed by Governor Deal. “Continued employee learning develops individual and organizational knowledge and expertise.”
In 2011, AGCO invested more than $1MM to build the AGCO Global Learning Center, a 19,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility located in Duluth, Georgia, whose primary mission is to support and develop AGCO employees and AGCO dealers around the world. The AGCO Global Learning Center is home to AGCO Academy and AGCO University – “Champions of Learning” and Development initiatives.
The AGCO Global Learning Center grand opening in May 2011 welcomed several hundred people, including Nancy Harris, Mayor of Duluth, Georgia; Gary Black, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, and staff from the University of Georgia School of Agriculture.
AGCO Academy and AGCO University were excited to participate for the first time in ASTD’s Employee Learning Week. During December 5 – 8, 2011, the AGCO Global Learning Center hosted Dealer Service Manager Training for AGCO dealers and employees from all over North America. The goal of the Dealer Service Manager Training is to provide participants with the skills to improve the profitability and productivity of their dealership and service department. This will be the largest event since the opening of the Global Learning Center and will also be celebrated by the presence of the AGCO Board of Directors.
AGCO’s 2011 learning story does not begin with the opening of the Global Learning Center. AGCO demonstrated a commitment to learning earlier in the year by hosting a five week National Training Event in Glendale, Arizona February 7 – March 10, 2011. More than 900 AGCO employees and dealers participated in one of five week-long sessions during this sales training event. Four learning tracks were offered based on varying levels of sales and management experience. Participants learned both in the classroom and hands on during field training sessions while engaging in individual and group activities.
As a result of a commitment to learning, ASTD’s Employee Learning Week and AGCO’s Dealer Service Manager Training have built momentum, put a foot on the accelerator and put learning and development initiatives on the move into 2012 and beyond.
Many many years ago, Santa realised that he needed a strong and reliable work machine. With so many varied tasks around his workshop and Santa Claus village, Santa decided that the best tractor the job is a custom-built Valtra.
Here’s how Santa tailored his tractor.
Read the complete story about how Valtra became the official tractor of Santa Claus at www.valtra.com/XMAS2011. There you also have a chance to win a trip to Santa’s and Valtra’s homecountry, Finland. (Terms and conditions apply)
Gaston Haesen, Product Support Specialist for tracked tractors, gives us a tour of the Challenger MT700C. This is a tracked tractor which boasts more traction than wheeled tractors because of the long surface on the belt when in contact with the ground. The weight of this tractor is divided across the tracks which, as well as transferring power to the ground more efficiently results in less soil compaction.