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The prime agricultural area of Liverpool Plains and Upper Hunter Valley in Australia has a new AGCO dealer, North West Farm Machinery.
Known for its black soil that supports a mixture of broad acre cropping, livestock grazing and horse studs, the Liverpool Plains and Upper Hunter Valley has been home to North West Farm Machinery since Dealer Principle Roger Moylan opened the Quirindi business in 2003.
Roger’s passion and knowledge of farm equipment extends from the early years on his parent’s farm to over 23 years working in farm machinery sales. Employing 15 dedicated, local employees, Roger is also committed to supporting his local community, providing professional service in all aspects of the purchase and servicing of farming equipment, from Singleton to Gunnedah.
At the recent Dealer open day, visitors were welcomed to tour the business facilities and see the range of high quality Massey Ferguson, Fendt and Iseki products that North West Farm Machinery will offer. Positioning the business for future growth, North West Farm Machinery will provide a highly competitive product range and servicing for the broad variety of local farming demands and applications.
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.
It’s the 2 year anniversary of the AGCO blog, and we feel it’s important to take a moment to look back at where we were in the beginning and where we are today. The goals of the AGCO blog are to provide fresh, relevant information to our customers, dealers, partners and fellow agvocates about our brands and AGCO as a company. Being a global organization it can be a challenge to produce content that is useful to our broad base of readers, but today we are proud to share that since inception, we’ve had visitors from 182 countries around the world.
In April 2010 the AGCO blog was 2-bloggers-strong. Today, we have 28 contributors from all walks of the company, including every major brand and region. Our topics range from farm safety, agriculture industry news and employee spotlights to information about new product launches, our valued dealers and customer stories. Our original single blog stream has grown to 8, all of which can be subscribed to via various RSS/readers and email.
More interesting stats about the AGCO blog on its 2 year anniversary:
- Over 500 blog posts
- Translated over 2,000 times into 148 languages
- Nearly a half million views since January 2011
We hope our readers find content on the AGCO blog to be informative and our plans for the next year include continuing to grow our global contributors and bringing in more guest bloggers from other organizations to share their perspectives. We’d also like to see more comments: please share your thoughts, questions and perspectives on any of our posts and let’s keep the conversation going. Read on!
In the past year, the 820 Vario from Fendt was in demand in Germany like no other model. The 205 hp tractor was the most sold model for the fourth year in a row. Furthermore, Fendt was able to sell the most kW in Germany in 2011 and claims the top position for tractors again.
With 757,492 kW sold (sum of the total power of all registered Fendt tractors) Fendt sold over 90,000 kW more than the second-place manufacturer and with a market share of 23.3 percent, is market leader in Germany. The Fendt tractors sold on the German market last year had an average of 132.8 kW (181 hp). The average of all tractors registered in Germany was 90.2 kW (122.7 hp). “This clearly shows again that Fendt is the partner for enterprise-oriented farmers and contractors,” said Peter-Josef Paffen, Spokesman for the Fendt Management.
The 820 Vario played an important role, since it was the most sold tractor model in Germany for the fourth time. The compact high-horsepower tractor was registered 1,071 times on the German market in the past year – 4,330 times since its market launch in 2006. The 820 Vario was sold more than 10,000 times around the world in just five years and therefore tops the list of the most-sold Vario tractors worldwide. “The successor, the new 700 Vario range, is already a sales hit,” said Peter-Josef Paffen.
As the first person to own a Fendt tractor in Australia, John Holtkamp’s inspirational story reflects the true spirit of the many settlers who paved the way for a new life in the Wimmera region of Victoria.
John Holtkamp arrived in Australia in January 1951 to start a new chapter of his life. Originally from Brieg, Silesia (today Poland) and growing up in Memmingen, Southern Germany, John took the plunge to follow the call of the Wimmera Lutheran Mission and settle into a life of farming.
John soon became a successful farmer on a property located North-East of Murtoa in the Wimmera region. With his first wife of 25 years he raised 4 children and later expanded his enterprise by taking over the farm of his older brother which was adjacent to his land.
It wasn’t until the late ‘70’s that John decided that he needed a new tractor. At the time he was having a discussion with his brother Joerg who was in Germany and working for Fendt at the Marktoberdorf plant. Joerg’s advice for John was – “why don’t you buy the best tractor available, a Fendt Favorit?”
Fendt tractors were not available in Australia at the time, so John embarked on a mission to source the tractor that he believed featured the most advanced technology that would not only suit his farming requirements but also create some interest with other Australian farmers.
In late 1980 John finally placed an order direct on the factory for an 115hp Fendt Favorit 611 LSA and in June 1981 via ship
and rail, the first Fendt tractor arrived on Australian shores.
The new Fendt was an instant hit in the area with John showcasing the state-of-the-art technology and high performance and reliability to local farmers. John was also very proactive in advertising the impressive debut of the new Fendt by placing advertisements on the benefits of the new tractor in the local press.
Realising the potential for the Australian market and how farmers could benefit from one of the world’s most advanced tractors;
Fendt teamed up with a Melbourne based importing business to distribute Fendt tractors on a larger scale. This venture was soon followed by the creation of the Fendt Australia Company who began to build a strong following of customers for the Fendt brand, which in 1994 shifted to a new level with the acquisition by AGCO Corporation.
Impressed with the performance of the Fendt Favorit 611 model, John purchased his second Fendt tractor, a 155hp GT255 Tool-Carrier which was fitted with a grader blade and front end loader and featured a host of hydraulic options.
Now in his mid 70’s, John shows no signs of slowing down and is still actively working as a share farmer and incidentally still uses Fendt tractors on the property. John also operates Wimmera Health Grain which involves organising a group of growers to produce Spelt, an ancient form of wheat which is marketed as a specialty food grain.
After 30 years, the first Fendt tractor in Australia still takes pride of place on the Holtkamp property and still starts
with one crank of the key.
How long have you used Fendt on your farm?