Hay and silage

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ALTHOUGH not ev­ery farmer owns a Massey Fer­gu­son, it is safe to say all are fa­mil­iar with the brand and its iconic triple tri­an­gle brand.

This year marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the com­pany, which was born when farm ma­chin­ery man­u­fac­tur­ers Massey Har­ris of Canada, and Bri­tain’s Fer­gu­son Com­pany, be­came part­ners in Massey Fer­gu­son.

Henry Ge­orge “Harry” Fer­gu­son was an Ir­ish-born Bri­tish en­gi­neer and in­ven­tor, noted for his role in the de­vel­op­ment of the mod­ern ag- ri­cul­tural trac­tor and its three point link­age sys­tem, and the orig­i­nal brains and name­sake of Massey Fer­gu­son. Co-in­ci­den­tally, he was

- Co-in­ci­den­tally, he was also the first per­son in Ire­land to build and fly his own aero­plane, and for de­vel­op­ing the first four­wheel drive For­mula One car, the Fer­gu­son P99.

To­day, Massey Fer­gu­son equip­ment can be found on prop­er­ties through­out Aus­tralia – from back­yard gar­den­ers to large scale broad­acre op­er­a­tions.

Brian Shep­herd runs L and G Shep­herd and Sons in Kyne­ton, and said Massey Fer­gu­son trac­tors were well de­serv­ing of their rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity.

“They are very well built – they have a rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity and are an all-around good trac­tor,” he said.

“The parts are read­ily avail­able, and as a trac­tor they are rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive to re­pair and to run.”

Mr Shep­herd said the Massey Fer­gu­son 35, along with the 100 se­ries range, had been the com­pany’s most pop­u­lar mod­els – their re-sale value mak­ing them a good op­tion for buy­ers.

CLASSIC: The iconic Massey Fer­gu­son trac­tor will cel­e­brate 60 years of op­er­a­tion in 2018.

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