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South Pole ‘Tractor Girl’ calls in to thank Massey Ferguson team in UK

Staff at Massey Ferguson in the UK gave a warm welcome to Manon Ossevoort who drove an MF 5610 tractor on the adventurous Antarctica2 mission to the South Pole.

Manon Ossevoort 'Tractor Girl' and Expedition Ambassador and Lead Driver of the Antarctica2 Expedition visits Abbey Park

Manon Ossevoort ‘Tractor Girl’ and Expedition Ambassador and Lead Driver of the Antarctica2 Expedition visits Abbey Park

The 38-year-old Dutch-born Expedition Ambassador and Lead Driver, better known as ‘Tractor Girl’, visited Massey Ferguson’s offices at Abbey Park Stoneleigh in Warwickshire on 23 January. Manon captured the imagination of millions worldwide as she and her team battled across the vast icescape with the MF tractor on a gruelling 28-day, 5000 km round-trip from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole. On reaching its destination, the MF 5610 made history to become the first standard farm tractor equipped with tyres to reach the Geographic South Pole overland.

Throughout the expedition, a Massey Ferguson team at Abbey Park was responsible for coordinating the expedition communications and relaying news and pictures of the epic journey to a global audience.

“It was a great pleasure to welcome Manon to the UK and hear yet more details of this extraordinary story,” said Declan Hayden, Vice President, Global Sales & Operations Planning. “It is truly an awe-inspiring feat, highlighting the strength and endurance of the MF tractor, as well demonstrating the fortitude and resilience of the crew.”

Manon commented: “By supplying the MF 5610 to Antarctica2, Massey Ferguson showed its belief in this incredibly ambitious mission and took up my challenge to take a tractor to the South Pole. I am thrilled to be here and back with the MF team who worked with me on planning the expedition over a period of three years. They never stopped believing that we could achieve our goal. I know the team at Abbey Park was eager to hear more of my story but I was equally fascinated to find out how they supported the expedition communications day-to-day.”

The Abbey Park Team welcome Manon Ossevoort and Simon Foster back to Abbey Park

The Abbey Park Team welcome Manon Ossevoort and Simon Foster back to Abbey Park

Manon was joined at Abbey Park by fellow team member, Antarctica2 cameraman Simon Foster. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said. “Taking pictures and video in the extreme cold was exceptionally challenging. We were able to take some great shots of the tractor on its voyage which were used widely by the world’s press and across social media.”

Paul Lay, Massey Ferguson Manager, Public Relations and Communications who led the Abbey Park-based communications team adds: “Antarctica2 was an amazing project for the team to manage. The technical challenges of conveying communications and developing news from Antarctica quickly to a global audience were immense. There are no geosynchronous communications satellites at the Earth’s Poles so digital communications are very slow and unreliable.   We overcame those and were delighted when, together with other world media, the BBC ran a four minute live news broadcast with Manon when her MF 5610 tractor reached the South Pole – a first.”

The Antarctica2 MF 5610 expedition tractor will be a highlight of Massey Ferguson’s stand at the upcoming SIMA Show in Paris 22-26 February 2015.

Valtra ANTS on the Road in Europe

Valtra ANTS, the famous concept tractor from Valtra, has officially started its world tour from the SIMA exhibition in Paris, France.

During the next months, the Valtra ANTS model in 1:5 scale can be seen at various farm exhibitions in Europe, for example Agritechnica 2011 in Hannover, Germany or the Ramava Spring 2011 show in Riga, Latvia.

Follow ANTS  Live Tour on the road at http://www.myvaltra.com. Or to see if the Valtra ANTS Live Tour will be coming to an European exhibition near you, visit http://www.valtra60.com.

Have you already had a chance to see the Valtra ANTS concept? What do you like best about this concept tractor of the future?

Massey Ferguson 5400 Series Tractors

The hardworking range of MF 5400 Series tractors has evolved with the introduction of four extra models, further ensuring that all your farming needs are covered.These responsive, powerful machines are designed and engineered for maximum versatility. Whether you are a livestock, dairy, arable or hillside farmer, an MF 5400 tractor will ensure the job gets done.

Superb visibility, high ground clearance, compact dimensions and excellent stability are just some of the features that make the MF 5400 range our new generation of tractors. Campbell Scott, Director of Sales Engineering and Brand Development for Massey Ferguson in Europe explains some key features of the new Massey Ferguson 5400 Series tractors at SIMA last month:

What do you think about the new 5400 series Massey Ferguson tractors?

RoGator 600 Series at SIMA

The video below shows Thom Sanders, Challenger Product Specialist, Sprayers in Europe introducing the new Challenger RoGator 655 sprayer at the 2011 SIMA show in Paris. The brand new RoGator 600 Series (available in Europe) has been designed, developed and engineered to the highest standards, from its exclusive chassis to its novel spraying system. Radical innovations have increased performance, a fully independent suspension system offers industry-leading features and the spacious cab provides exceptional operator comfort. All three models, the 635, 645 and 655 are powered by the latest generation, economical AGCO SISU POWER engines. For more information, please visit the Challenger website.

Did you see the new RoGators on display at SIMA?

Valtra Biogas Tractor Tests Continue

Valtra showed the biogas concept technology on the Valtra N101 tractor at the SIMA exhibition in Paris earlier this year.

Equipped with front loader, front linkage and front PTO, the N101 is a compact and versatile tractor. This makes it ideal for husbandry farms, municipalities and contractors that have the possibility of refueling with biogas. Valtra Biogas Tractor

Without making any changes to the original diesel engine, 70 to 80 percent of power is generated by biogas. The dual-fuel engine functions like a diesel engine. The gas is injected with the intake air, and combustion occurs when a small amount of diesel fuel is injected into the cylinder. If biogas is not available, the engine can run completely on diesel fuel.

The test drivers have been very satisfied with the tractor. The performance is equal compared with an ordinary Valtra N101 and the diesel fuel consumption is reported to be very low, some 3 litres per hour. The 2010-2011 winter has been exceptional cold but the tractor has been functioning without problems. The tests will continue through 2011 in Skåne, Sweden.

The Valtra biogas tractor concept was developed in cooperation with Afcon Oy, Alt-Control Oy, RAP Clean Air Systems, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Ecocat Group, Biogas Syd and Lantmannen Maskin.  Source: Valtra News

Do you think biogas will become a good fuel alternative?

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