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Big congratulations to Dave Turner, Service Technician at Massey Ferguson dealership Highwood’s, Somerset, UK. Dave has just celebrated an incredible fifty years as a Technician at the Yeovil Depot. In 1966 Dave graduated from college with a 1st Class certificate in Agricultural machinery, maintenance and repair and had the original certificates to show us. Dave had some fascinating stories to tell us, “Over fifty years you get to meet all kinds of people and machinery” Dave told us, “I actually retired two years ago but I like to keep my hand in and my mind active. I remember how I used to race around the countryside with my colleague, Salesman Jim Tooze, he’d sell them and I’d support them. We were a proper double act.”
We asked Dave how life in the workshop differs now from fifty years ago, he explains, “The biggest difference over the years has been speed. Machinery has advanced so much and the pace of life has quickened. Customers need their equipment as soon as possible so we have to fix things quickly, there’s little downtime. It’s so important to retain driver and customer relations, it may put pressure on us but it’s all part of the service.
We asked Dave what he most enjoyed about the job, he tells us “It’s all about the people. I’ve been lucky, I’ve worked closely with dealers, customers and colleagues and all have supported me over the years. It really is an extended family working for Massey Ferguson, it’s all about family.”
Ben Manning, Group Aftersales Manager at Highwood’s comments “The modern professionalism of the manufacturer, dealership staff, customers and drivers have all impressed on Dave the move forward in agricultural engineering, it’s imperative that we have people like Dave working to meet our consistently high standards of support.”
A group of students has completed a 2,000 mile charity drive from Dover via Lands End to John O’Groats in a Ferguson TE20 tractor dating from the late 1940s.
With sponsorship from Massey Ferguson in the form of drivers’ kits and fuel, the Grey Fergie Challenge saw six friends from Harper Adams University College make the trip to help raise funds for Help for Heroes. Their target is to raise £5,000.
Despite many challenges along the way, poor weather and long hours without sleep, they made the journey in the just two weeks.
Team leader, 19-year-old Sean Nixon commented: “Three of us own Massey Ferguson tractors and we felt that the a little Grey Fergie was an iconic model to undertake the trip.”
“The challenge was definitely a test of mental strength and mechanical ability,” he says. “We would like to thank all those who have donated and all those who supported us and helped us along the way. The website and charity link are still open for anyone who would like to make a donation and help us reach our target.”
For more information visit www.grey-fergie.co.uk
Created in response to a report on the current status of soil and water management, the Centre, based at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire in the English Midlands, aims to provide ‘sustainable improvements’ in farming and ecosystem efficiency through better knowledge co-ordination, transfer and development.
Challenger has committed to backing the Centre for three years and will be involved in knowledge transfer days, ongoing research and extensive educational programmes for farmers and agronomists.
“Challenger’s mission statement: ‘Your Soil, Our Territory’ fits particularly well with the project,” explained Martin Hamer, Challenger Manager National Sales, UK. “Our tracked machines are already helping farmers to look after their most valuable resource – the land.”