On the Case for end of fi­nan­cial year

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - END OF FINANCIAL YEAR - MACHINERY BUYERS GUIDE -

THE Case IH Far­mall has been around since 1923 and while age may start to wear a lot of us down, this re­li­able four-wheeled work­horse is as sprightly as ever - and for those in the mar­ket there’s never been a bet­ter time to buy.

Case IH has em­barked on its an­nual Far­mall end-of-fi­nan­cia­lyear cam­paign, com­plete with very com­pet­i­tive fi­nance rates and spe­cial pric­ing on trac­tor and load­ing com­bi­na­tions.

Tar­cutta farmer Luke Hef­fer took ad­van­tage of the of­fer last year and just over 12 months on he still can’t say enough about his fam­ily’s Far­mall 105C.

“I find it a fan­tas­tic trac­tor – nice, nim­ble, com­fort­able to sit in, ev­ery­thing’s there at your fin­ger­tips,” Mr Hef­fer said.

“It’s re­ally a plea­sure to drive.”

Luke Hef­fer farms with his mum, He­len, an op­er­a­tion that runs about 1100 head of cat­tle at any given time, with Luke also op­er­at­ing a sow­ing and hay- mak­ing con­tract­ing busi­ness.

This month he’s been busy sow­ing 1100ha of ce­real crops and pas­ture va­ri­eties.

He said they couldn’t do with­out their fleet of Case IH equip­ment, in­clud­ing the ver­sa­tile Far­mall, which as­sists with ev­ery­thing on the farm from feed­ing cat­tle and a lit­tle earth-mov­ing when re­quired, to stack­ing and cart­ing hay.

“Any­thing you throw at it, FAM­ILY DRIVE: Tar­cutta farmer Luke Hef­fer and mum He­len, with their Far­mall 105C. noth­ing’s a drama, it just does Peter Elias said the end-ofSeptem­ber, but while the Puma it,” Mr Hef­fer said. fi­nan­cial-year pe­riod was the will pro­vide a few more op­tions

An ex­am­ple of its ver­sa­til­biggest sell­ing sea­son for the for Luke and He­len, the Far­mall ity, he said, was the ease with Far­mall range, which in­cludes will retain its work­horse role, which it pulled a 3.6m wide the Far­mall B, C, JX and U the trac­tor al­ready clock­ing up mower when the fam­ily’s Case Se­ries, each of­fer­ing ma­noeuan im­pres­sive 720 hours in just IH Maxxum 115 was hav­ing a vra­bil­ity, com­pact di­men­sions, over a year. ser­vice. ease of op­er­a­tion and a high “We buy them to work, not

“It pulled it no wor­ries at all,” power-to-weight ra­tio. look at them – and that’s what he said. The Hef­fers are wait­ing for a we do, we make them work,”

Case IH prod­uct man­ager Puma 165 CVT to be de­liv­ered in Mr Hef­fer said.

“But you can spend up to 16 hours in the seat with­out any trou­ble and it comes down to com­fort at the end of the day,” he said.

“My mum drives the Far­mall most of the time in the hay sea­son – and she’s rapt with it, loves it, and when there’s just me and mum on the farm that’s im­por­tant.

THE 18th Aus­tralian Agron­omy Con­fer­ence will be held in Bal­larat in Septem­ber.

The theme for the 2017 con­fer­ence is “Do­ing more with less”. In­no­va­tion in ma­chin­ery and pre­ci­sion tech­nolo­gies may al­low the agron­o­mist of to­day to suc­cess­fully help agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers thrive.

These in­no­va­tions are timely as the world deals with in­creas­ingly vari­able cli­mates, en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion, and a more de­vel­oped global com­mu­nity that re­quires more di­verse prod­ucts from agri­cul­ture.

The con­fer­ence will be held at the Mer­cure Bal­larat Ho­tel and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Vic­to­ria from 24-28 Septem­ber 2017.

The Aus­tralian Agron­omy Con­fer­ence is the meet­ing place for Agronomists; it supports re­search and the com­mu­nity of Agronomists by con­nect­ing Agron­omy com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia to each other.

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