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Bishop blesses refurbished MF tractor bound for work in Tanzanian village

A Massey Ferguson tractor refurbished by students attending the AGCO agricultural engineering apprenticeship scheme at the UK’s Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire is set for work in the village of Tunguli, Morogoro in Tanzania.

The tractor gift project is being spearheaded by the Diocese of Worcester which has a friendship link with the Diocese of Morogoro.. Prior to being shipped to Tanzania, the MF 265 tractor was blessed at a special ceremony at Moreton Morrell College performed by The Right Reverend Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester. Also in attendance at the ceremony was Steve Wood, Chairman of the College Board of Governors.

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“The fully-reconditioned tractor will make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Tunguli,” said Bishop John. “We would like to thank AGCO, its student apprentices and the College for their help with this great project.”

AGCO, Massey Ferguson’s parent company, has been running its Dealer apprenticeship training scheme in partnership with Moreton Morrell College since 1999. Over the last 18 months, AGCO student apprentices have been rebuilding the MF 265 as part of their course work, transforming the 30-year-old model into a good-as-new tractor, ready for use.

“We were delighted to donate the major parts for the refurbishment and for our apprentices to test out their skills and knowledge in overhauling the tractor for this very worthy cause,” comments Tony Linfield, AGCO Training Development Manager.

The AGCO Apprentice Scheme is open to young agricultural engineers aiming to progress into positions within AGCO farm machinery Dealerships across the UK. Course lengths range from 15 months to two years with 12-24 weeks’ block release at Moreton Morrell College. On successfully completing the courses, students receive Work-Based Diplomas in Land Based Service Engineering.

High Five to Dorset Contractor

Nick Green, Operations Director of HIGHWOOD in Dorchester, England, was very pleased to hand over the keys to five Massey Ferguson 7600 series to prominent Dorset contractor Philip Trim of Philip Trim Contractors, Bere Regis.

These tractors are in addition to his current fleet of MF tractors and have replaced an MF 6490 and an MF 8650 to bring him up to date with the latest Massey Ferguson product. This fleet purchase includes two MF 7626s, two 7620s and an MF 7618. Philip has tried other makes, but has a proven faith in MF benefiting from their class leading fuel economy, output, power management, comfort and reliability.

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Mr Trim’s extensive fleet of MF tractors is a common sight throughout Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire. Philip celebrated his 25yr anniversary in 2012 and has grown his business from a David Brown 1212 to the size and range of field and road operations that he has now. With shrewd investment in reliable and up to date equipment together with a close working relationship with a loyal customer base, has ensured he has progressed to the efficient and professional company that he has.

Philip Trim said “I have to be comfortable that the product I am buying and the dealer I buy it from is 100%. I cannot afford downtime within my operations and the reliability I receive from the tractors is crucial. Highwood’s Aftersales team do not let me down and was a main consideration in making my decision.” He continues, “The tractors are extremely reliable despite being worked very hard and the massive saving on fuel is important when running a large fleet.”

Highwood has long supported Philip with his MF fleet to keep each tractor at its maximum potential and has shown his faith in the backup of these machines by ordering such a number.

All his tractors benefit from the protection of Massey Ferguson’s excellent MANAGER Extended Warranty program and although little used, is essential to ensure minimum downtime and to give fixed costs with no unexpected bills.

Nick Green, Highwood Operations Director said “We are delighted to continue to supply Philip Trim with Massey Ferguson tractors; a relationship which started in 2006. The excellent range of MF tractor’s we have available coupled with the Highwood’s team dedication to offering a first class service has made it easy for Philip to pledge his business.”

A Massey Ferguson wind has blown in North Jutland

In December 2014, the owner of Bejstrup, Mr. Per Kold Kristiansen, one of the largest contractor in Denmark, held an “Open House” to celebrate its 60th birthday. More than 3000 visitors attended the event.

Their large business is involved with contracting, construction, municipal areas as well as a signage shop. They operate from 3 locations in North Jutland.

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The recent owner of 22 x MF tractors was really proud to show its new contingent of Massey Ferguson tractors. In fact, the new AGCO partner used to be a New Holland customer for many years, and Bejstrup has decided to replace its NH fleet. Their future challenge is to aim for more AGCO products at Bejstrup – tractors and balers.

This successful story is due to the strong relationships built by AGCO Denmark as well as the Key accounts team and the local dealer, Hjallerup Maskinforretning.

Per Kold Kristiansen said “We can only confirm again that we have felt welcome at AGCO in general, and dialogue and trade negotiations to date have been characterized by a positive spirit and a quick response to various questions from our side. It has obviously been one of our toughest decisions to switch from New Holland to Massey Ferguson but high praise to all of you, for having made this process very smooth. This is especially something the drivers have noticed; also after the deal has taken place, we (Bejstrup) are taken seriously. All in all, we have only positive things to say.”

The Bejstrup team is so proud of its new tractors that the drivers have their name on the door and they NEVER wear dirty boots in the cab.

AGCO’s Jackson Plant: Better, Stronger, Faster

Imagine taking a brand-new tractor, worth tens of thousands of dollars, and purposefully trying to break it. That’s what the folks at the AGCO manufacturing facility in Jackson, Minn., do just about every workday.

It all happens at Jackson’s Quality Gate Five. The $1.97 million-facility can hold and check two tractors at once, one on the “jounce” and PTO testing station, and the other on a chassis dynamometer.

For the jounce test, a tractor’s rear wheels or tracks are positioned on pads that rock back and forth. This test is used to verify that there are no loose fittings, hoses or electrical connections. Afterward, the tractor is physically inspected to make sure nothing came loose as a result of the shaking, which is so violent no one is allowed to be in the cab.

While still at the first station, the PTO is tested at various speed and load levels, and its output measured across the rpm range. Each tractor is then moved to the second station and the chassis dynamometer. Here, a multi-roller bed is used to verify different functions like the steering, brake, transmission shift quality, DEF functionality and limited powertrain performance.

Six winches hold the tractors in place as they speed up to 33 mph and rev to as high as 400 HP. The dynamometer reads the engine rpm, what gear it’s in and how well it shifts, and when it shifts, how low the rpm goes.

“What we learn,” says Eric Fisher, the plant’s director of operations, “also affects what we do upstream.”

Overall, according to Fisher, the work in Gate Five takes about two hours, and includes 250-plus tests and the analysis of more than 150,000 data points. In just the first month of operation, the inspections, he says, “yielded a 25% reduction in defects, and that’s just a start.”

“Like its customers, AGCO doesn’t embrace technology for its own sake,” says Bob Crain, AGCO Senior Vice President and General Manager, Americas. “There must be a return on investment.”

The expansion and upgrades at the Jackson plant, as well as those throughout the company’s global facilities, offer just that, says Crain, “in the company’s relentless pursuit of its stated goal—to be No. 1 in customer-perceived quality.”

For more on the Jackson plant’s best-in-class quality assurance facilities, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/advantage/agcos-jackson-plant-better-stronger-faster/.

Major award for Little Grey Fergie theme park attraction

Congratulations to the Land of the Little Grey Fergie at Norway’s Kongeparken which scooped a top prize at the Thea Awards in Los Angeles, considered by many to be the Oscars of the Themed Entertainment Industry.

This fantastic attraction area at the Kongeparken in Stavanger, one of Scandinavia’s foremost theme parks, is a celebration of the children’s character ‘Little Grey Fergie’ (Gråtass) which is based on an original Ferguson TE20 tractor.

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Against stiff international competition, the team behind Gråtassland were thrilled to receive the Thea Award for New Park Land on a Limited Budget.

Over the last 20 years the original story of Little Grey Fergie’s adventures, written by Morten Myklebust, has grown into several television series, two feature films, ten music albums, live shows and more than 15 books.

Inspired by this success, Gråtassland opened in 2014. It was an instant hit and has been drawing big crowds ever since.

The Thea jury commented: “The charming Little Grey Fergie Land engages adults and children alike. It immerses them in the world of the Little Grey Fergie and is an ideal mix of real environments and fantasy. It celebrates history, modern times and fantasy – all with a goal of entertaining, and teaching about animals, farming and the importance of taking care of our environment…….This is a tremendous success that never strays from the story or the goal of the project.”

TractorsHåkon Lund, CEO of Kongeparken said: “It’s a great honour to receive the award and gain this recognition for our work. In designing Gråtassland, our aim was to engage visitors by changing the focus away from the attraction, to the experience. At its heart is an exciting tractor ride wrapped up in the tale of a much-loved icon telling the story of the Massey Ferguson Brand and its history.”

The international Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and its awards were created to recognize achievement and talent at visitor attractions and experiences in the leisure and travel sector.

Find out more on Gråtassland at www.kongeparken.no

You can watch the live-action series at www.littlegreyfergie.com

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