Ford Ag Ser­vices now de­liv­er­ing to North East Vic­to­ria

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - HAY AND SILAGE -

FORD’S Ag Ser­vices is mov­ing to Wan­garatta, bring­ing with it the com­pany’s well sought af­ter ef­flu­ent tanker and com­post spread­ers.

The start of Septem­ber her­alds the ar­rival or more ac­cu­rately, the re­turn of Wan­garatta’s prodi­gal son and daugh­ter re­turn­ing to their roots to bring their Ford’s Ag Ser­vices business back to North East Vic­to­ria just in time to help with this year’s hay and silage sea­son.

Glenn and Jessica Ford started their con­tract­ing business in 2008, where they bought a trac­tor and headed south west to start their business.

Over the past eight years the cou­ple have been slowly build­ing up their ma­chin­ery, along­side build­ing up their fam­ily of eight chil­dren, and are now fully equipped to carry out most farm­ing jobs.

“With five, seven and 18 tonne spread­ers, we are equipped to han­dle any size farm with max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency,” Mr Ford said.

“And our ef­flu­ent tanker with drib­ble bar pro­vides many ben­e­fits com­pared to a stan­dard splash plate.”

The use of al­ter­nate spread­ing meth­ods and their ben­e­fits has been widely doc­u­mented overseas which is why Ford Ag Ser­vices has in­vested in the drib­ble bar sys­tem.

“Slurry is a cheap and ef­fec­tive fer­tiliser, and read­ily avail­able in every dairy.

“Re­mov­ing your slurry at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals (six months to a year) also en­sures your pond stays in top work­ing or­der and pre­vents the build-up of a thick layer of solids that can turn rou­tine main­te­nance into a full blown headache.

He added that us­ing the drib­ble bar en­sures the slurry is lay at the base of the plant, rather than cover­ing it and slow­ing growth, it re­duces the loss of volatile nu­tri­ents such as nitro­gen, it re­duces odours, in­creases crop yields and en­sures a faster re-graz­ing of pad­docks (18 to 21 days).

Ford Ag Ser­vices will be ser­vic­ing a large area of the North East in­clud­ing Al­bury, Yar­ra­wonga, Thoona, Shep­par­ton, Mans­field, King Val­ley and the Kiewa Val­ley.

As well as spread­ing slurry, the com­pany is also able to spread com­post, lime, gyp­sum and gran­ules while of­fer­ing other agri­cul­tural ser­vices in­clud­ing mower con­di­tion­ing, rak­ing, bal­ing, wrap­ping, speed discs and power har­rows with air seeder.

“We have just in­vested in our sec­ond Wel­ger baler to boost pro­duc­tiv­ity,” Mr Ford said.

“We are pretty much happy to travel to where ever the work is.

“With har­vest com­ing up we are gear­ing up for that with what is shap­ing up to be a good sea­son.

“We of­fer dis­counts for prompt pay­ments, and flex­i­ble pay­ment plans for those who need it as we are very aware of the fi­nan­cial strain on farm­ers, par­tic­u­larly those in the dairy in­dus­try at the mo­ment.

“We also strive to make sure our prices are very com­pet­i­tive,” he added.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Glenn Ford on 0407 864 073.

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