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In a glittering ceremony for the prestigious Food and Farming Industry Awards, Lorna Robinson of Cloughbane Farm Foods and Peter Mitchell of OSI Food Solutions were announced as winners in the Massey Ferguson-sponsored Retailer of the Year and Food Buyer of the Year.
“As long-term supporters of these awards, Massey Ferguson is delighted to be part of the event for the 10th year,” said David Sleath, AGCO and Massey Ferguson sales director, UK and Ireland, who attended the ceremony.
The judges commended Lorna Robinson for a highly successful diversification project with the opening of a farm shop. The passion, innovation and commitment from family members and staff, their highly proficient grasp of marketing, advertising and brand-building made the Cloughbane Farm Foods shop an outstanding winner of the Retailer of the Year for 2014.
Food Buyer of the Year, Peter Mitchell emphasises that shortening the supply chain and building relationships with suppliers is the key to success for his profession. He has played an important part in helping businesses like McDonalds to manage a more efficient beef supply chain in order to demonstrate traceability and build confidence.
Helen Hyman of Farndon Fields Farm was named regional winner of the Food Buyer category.
“With their emphasis on entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, the awards encourage the development of new thinking and ideas into British food and agriculture – vital for the future of our industry,” David Sleath added.
The Planter’s Positive Air Metering system (PAM™) handles seed gently and accurately with low, positive air pressure, resulting in controlled populations and higher yields for farmers.
Unlike vacuum seeding systems, which typically draw air from around metering units, The PAM™ system draws air from above of the planter’s row units. This reduces the amount of dust drawn into the metering system and the amount of wear and tear on parts – making the MF Precision Planter virtually maintenance free.
Demonstrations of the MF Precision Planter have been taking place at Griffith, a productive row cropping region in southern NSW and are set to move to northern NSW and southern QLD in the coming weeks.
Local farmers and agronomists are able to see first hand the exceptional performance of the planter in a variety of crops including cotton and corn and hear from the MF Seeding and Tillage Product Manager about the machine’s application in sorghum, sunflower, soybean and canola planting.
Australian MF Dealers in row cropping regions will also be undertaking comprehensive planter training, equipping them with the information and skills to support customers with knowledge that will improve the productivity of their farms.
The MF Precision Planter demos have also featured the MF7600 Row Crop Series tractor – impressing farmers with low fuel use and flexibility in various applications, it has proved the ideal row crop machine.
Sunday, 2 June 2013
A convoy of vintage red and grey Massey Ferguson tractors is to cross the hazardous sands of the UK’s Morecambe Bay in a charity run to raise money for Diabetes UK.
Led by retired Massey Ferguson employee Bob Dickman, up to 20 tractors will make the 17 mile (27 km) fully-guided return trip on 2 June.
81-year-old Bob, who retired in 1995, spent 40 years working for Massey Ferguson culminating in his role as Export Service Manager. He will be driving a fully reconditioned 1954 Ferguson TEF 20 tractor across the sands.
“A similar crossing was undertaken by Land Rovers some years ago but this is the first time for tractors,” he says. “I am raising money for a Diabetes UK Type 1 research project after seeing the impact the disease has had on the lives of family and friends.”
Massey Ferguson is supporting the event with the supply of raffle prizes including an all-expenses-paid trip to its tractor factory in Beauvais, France.
Bob’s mission has also attracted the support of some of his former Massey Ferguson colleagues now retired including Glynn Patrick who was Managing Director of European Distribution and Gordon Graham, previously General Sales Manager Eastern Europe. Glynn will be behind the wheel of his family farm’s refurbished 1968 MF 135 and Gordon will be assisting with the logistics of the event. Other ex-Massey Ferguson employees will be among the spectators.
At low tide which occurs at 1.45pm on 2 June, the notorious Morecambe Bay in northwest England exposes 120 square miles (310 sq km) of sand and flats. To ensure the safest route across the bay, Steve Morris, another key organiser of the tractor convoy, worked closely with a father and son team of experienced guides who use their own tractors to fish Morecambe Bay sands.
The guided crossing, which starts and finishes at Cark Airfield near Flookburgh is expected to take three to four hours. Four- year-old Neev Renton from Cumbria who suffers from Type 1 diabetes will set the tractors off at 12 noon.
Anyone interested in sponsoring or watching the event can visit: www.justgiving.com/bobdickmanMF-fergusontractorroadrun
Mixed farmers from central NSW Australia, Roger Booth & Kirsten Hutchings were the happy if not surprised winners of a Massey Ferguson MF20-MD ATV. The Couple went into the running to win the 20hp diesel powered 4×4 ATV unit after entering the recent MF9500 Series Combine competition. Ignoring calls from an unfamiliar number for 3 days, Kirsten was in disbelief when she was finally delivered the good news that she had won the ATV worth $16,500. The MF20-MD made a very welcomed Christmas present when the whole family picked it up on Christmas eve from local dealer Serafin Ag Pro, Griffith. Congratulations Roger, Kirsten and family.
Using 125 Massey Ferguson tractors to create the brand’s iconic triple triangle logo, this amazing display of MF machines was the brainchild of Ireland’s John Cusack.
John is a member of the Greybridge Classic Club in Meanus, Killmallock, Limerick and the stunt was organised as part of the Club’s Charity Day 2012. Formed by a group of vintage machinery enthusiasts in 2011, the Club runs events solely for charitable purposes.
Having driven tractors all his life, John’s idea was to mount a tribute to Massey Ferguson and at the same time raise money for local charities. “The project was 12 months in the making,” he explains. “We were keen to have every possible model of MF tractor represented which made it more complicated. We put out the word emphasising that we were particularly looking for rare or unusual models and were thrilled by the response. If we had simply focussed on gathering together a large number of MF tractors, we could have easily filled a 40-acre field! In the end, we chose 125 machines from those offered by farmers and contractors who wanted to take part. There was a full range of models from the MF 100 Series to the MF 8600 Series.”
John worked out the display plan to scale on paper and, using this as the map, the grass at the site was cut with a ride-on mower in order that each tractor could take up an exact position.
“We called it the Massey Ferguson Line-Out and so far have raised over EUR:16,000 for charity,” he adds. “We would love to raise more and so are making the photograph available for sale with all proceeds to charity.”
To order a copy of the picture, go to www.press22.ie