Event news: El­more Field Days

A road trip up the high­way led FFM’s Har­ri­son Hunkin to his de­but El­more Field Days.

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Tak­ing place over three days at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber, El­more Field Days is one of Vic­to­ria’s pre­mier agri­cul­tural events. It com­bines the best ma­chin­ery avail­able with a fan­tas­tic fam­ily at­mos­phere, mak­ing it a must-see event. Here are some of the high­lights of the show:


I’m not sure what makes the new Leop­ard Ejector by JNR stand out like the prover­bial, but it must be some­thing to do with its Aussie green and gold paint job and Hulk-size ap­pear­ance.

But does the Leop­ard walk the walk? Well the Kyabram, Vic­to­ria-based en­gi­neer­ing com­pany cer­tainly thinks so, hav­ing spent over 1,000 hours of test­ing and years of re­search and de­vel­op­ment go­ing into the ma­chine.

Re­plac­ing the pop­u­lar LE se­ries, 21 Leop­ards have been made over the last 12 months, with one even find­ing its way across to Cal­i­for­nia.

Op­er­a­tion and use is sim­ple ac­cord­ing to JNR Owner Gino D’An­gelo: “You fully load it up with a trac­tor, and the rams at the rear push the tail­board, which then ejects and spreads the ma­te­rial out.

“You can work in any soil con­di­tions – you can be work­ing the Leop­ard Ejector in sand, or rock, heavy clay; this ma­chine can do it.”

Com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor, the Leop­ard has a 25 per cent in­crease in ca­pac­ity, big­ger tyres, trun­nion-mounted apron cylin­ders and larger rip­per tines.

It’s cer­tainly as strik­ing as a Leop­ard – find out more at www.jn­rengi­neer­ing.com


Bobcat is one of the most recog­nis­able brands in the world, but their pres­ence in the agri­cul­tural mar­ket seems to go un­no­ticed.

Many peo­ple I’ve spo­ken to ei­ther haven’t seen or didn’t know that Bobcat make an agri­cul­tural telehandler. On the

con­trary, the Bobcat Telehandler range is quite pop­u­lar in its na­tive US of A.

So, we de­cided to meet the Bobcat TL38.70HF Telehandler, and we were pretty im­pressed.

In a nut­shell, the TL38.70HF pro­vides 0-40 km/h two-speed gear­box, a well-known 130hp (97kW) Perkins engine, a 3.8-tonne lift ca­pac­ity, and a juicy $126,500 price tag.

“We are re­ally push­ing our farm­ing telehandler range,” Clark Equip­ment na­tional prod­uct spe­cial­ist David War­rack says. “Ev­ery­one knows Bobcat, but not many know we have tele­han­dlers – but the beauty is, we have a ma­chine does every­thing and any­thing the farmer wants,” he adds.

“It’s easy to use, it’s fast and it’s ef­fi­cient.

“Once we get farm­ers into one, they straight away com­pare what they’ve got and re­alise that this [Bobcat range] has every­thing in it and we haven’t cut any cor­ners,” he adds.

The Bobcat Telehandler range can be found at the Clark Equip­ment web­site.


In a smart white, black and red colour scheme, the Hidromek Backhoe should fit right at home on the farm.

Proudly on dis­play at the OneTrak site (Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor), some stand­outs of the Hidromek Backhoe are its spa­cious cabin, an ex­tremely comfy air sus­pen­sion seat and a boom­ing air con­di­tioner.

Con­structed with Turk­ish steel, the Hidromek 102 Supra Backhoe is aimed at three mar­kets: agri­cul­ture, con­struc­tion and coun­cil/shire op­er­a­tions.

“The shires typ­i­cally have one due to its ver­sa­til­ity,” Onetrak na­tional sales man­ager An­drew Pritchard says. “It is used for load­ing, dig­ging and scrap­ing.”

In the con­struc­tion mar­ket the Hidromek is used mostly for sub­di­vid­ing and pipe lay­ing, while in agri­cul­ture Pritchard says it is per­fect for the farmer work­ing in tight spa­ces, and its ver­sa­til­ity ba­si­cally turns it into a trac­tor.

In terms of specs, the Hidromek Supra of­fers a 100hp (75kW) four-cylin­der Perkins engine and a six-for­ward three-re­verse fully au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The Hidromek has a price tag around $125–$130k, which Pritchard says is far cheaper than its com­pe­ti­tion.


What makes the Poettinger Im­press dif­fer­ent from any other baler on the mar­ket is that it feeds over the top of the ro­tor as op­posed to un­der­neath it. This elim­i­nates the amount of sway­ing the op­er­a­tor has to do in the pad­dock the com­pany says.

“The one on dis­play is ob­vi­ously just the round baler, but you can also get them in baler/wrap­per com­bos,” Poettinger rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ben Mitchell says.

“You can run ei­ther 16 or 32 knives,” Mitchell says, “this al­lows you to get a real short cut for heavy com­pact bales.”

The Poettinger is cer­tainly im­press­ing the farm­ers, with large in­ter­est com­ing in from Tas­ma­nia and Gipp­s­land re­cently.

The Poettinger Im­press is pre­dom­i­nately used by the high-end farmer, par­tic­u­larly con­trac­tors, due to the ma­chine’s ver­sa­til­ity in be­ing able to work with a range of ma­te­ri­als, whether it is wet silage or straw. All in all, quite a neat lit­tle ma­chine!


Our mates over at Far­mTrader NZ were im­pressed by the Claas Arion 430 a while back. So, when I saw the ma­chine on dis­play at the Claas Har­vest Cen­tre site, I thought I might pop over and see what all the fuss was about.

And my first opin­ion was that, like the most Claas Trac­tors, this was a no-fuss ma­chine.

The Claas Arion 430 is ide­ally for mixed farm­ing and dairy farm­ing prac­tice, and comes spec’d with a 130hp (97kW) wfour­cylin­der DPS engine, a 2.1-tonne loader lift ca­pac­ity and the Quad­shift pow­er­shift trans­mis­sion.

“Claas don’t man­u­fac­ture their own en­gines, this one for ex­am­ple is from John Deere, and by do­ing this, Claas can con­cen­trate on the one-per­centers like cabin fea­tures and build qual­ity,” Claas Har­vest Cen­tres sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Nick Flem­ing says.

Vis­i­bil­ity is also a win­ner for the Arion 430, with its easy to ac­cess six-pil­lar cab and curved rear win­dows mak­ing for an al­most 360-de­gree view.


An­to­nio Carraro trac­tors are one of the most re­spected vine­yard trac­tor brands. While rel­a­tively un­fa­mil­iar to Farms & Farm Ma­chin­ery, we de­cided to give this Ital­ian stal­lion a

walk around.

First of all, as far as vine­yard trac­tors go, this is one of the most strik­ing ma­chines we’ve seen. That glossy red paint job and el­e­gant pres­surised Pro­tec­tor 100 cab re­ally make for an at­trac­tive ve­hi­cle.

The TGF 9900 is a su­per-low pro­file trac­tor, de­signed to work nim­bly within nar­row gaps and per­form ex­tremely tight turns.

An­to­nio Carraro says the TGF 9900 is ideal for work­ing in the thick­est or­chards, in ten­done vine­yards, green­houses and on steep slopes.

Spec-wise, the TGF 9900 has an 85hp four-cylin­der Kub­ota engine un­der the bon­net, while it also fea­tures a 16+16 syn­chro­nized re­verser trans­mis­sion.

Hats off to An­to­nio Carraro. Like al­ways, the Ital­ians have put to­gether a fan­tas­tic look­ing ma­chine.

1. Hidromek 102B Supra Backhoe 2. Poettinger Im­press V Baler3. An­to­nio Carraro TGF 99004. Bobcat TL38.70HF Telehandler 5. Check­ing out what’s on of­fer 6. Claas Arion 4307. JNR Leop­ard Ejector

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