TAK­ING A SCI­EN­TIFIC AP­PROACH IN PRO­TECT­ING A FAM­ILY LEGACY

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CASTROL RX Su­per has pro­tected Aus­tralian liveli­hoods for more than 35 years. This year, in­spired by a cus­tomer’s en­gine which ran for over 2.5 mil­lion kilo­me­tres, solely ser­viced us­ing Castrol RX Su­per, we’re telling the sto­ries of the peo­ple that have made the oil brand the choice of pro­tec­tion for truck driv­ers, fleet own­ers and farm­ers alike.

WAL­TER FARM­ING

An­drew Wal­ter rep­re­sents the 4th gen­er­a­tion of Wal­ter Farm­ing in Vi­o­let Town, 50km south east of Shepparton.

An­drew, with his mother Gla­dys, own and op­er­ate a broad­acre farm which grows an­nual win­ter crops and man­ages a sheep graz­ing op­er­a­tion. Alan Wal­ter, the pa­tri­arch of the fam­ily, es­tab­lished the busi­ness with Gla­dys in 1968. It has been a year since Alan passed but his legacy lives on through his fam­ily and farm.

The Wal­ter farm­ing op­er­a­tion spans over 3500 acres, which in­cludes share farm­ing and leased land. In their fleet they op­er­ate two Freight­liner prime movers, five trac­tors and an as­set list of 50-plus items.

THE NEW GEN­ER­A­TION

An­drew Wal­ter rep­re­sents a new gen­er­a­tion of farmer with old­fash­ioned val­ues in­stilled in him from his mum and dad.

He is well ed­u­cated, hold­ing a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hons) from Univer­sity of Mel­bourne and a PhD in Plant Molec­u­lar Breed­ing from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity. He has been on mul­ti­ple gov­ern­ment ad­vi­sory com­mit­tees and con­sults and has con­sulted for var­i­ous state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, re­search

com­pa­nies, agri­cul­tural cor­po­ra­tions and the United Na­tions. IM­POR­TANCE OF QUAL­ITY OIL

On Castrol RX Su­per pro­tect­ing the Wal­ter Farm for al­most three decades, An­drew says: “Castrol RX Su­per has had a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with the Wal­ter fam­ily. From day one when I started on the farm my father al­ways taught me the im­por­tance of qual­ity oil as the most ef­fec­tive form of main­te­nance.

“If you look at the cost of re­pair­ing or re­plac­ing ma­chin­ery, and the costs of down­time, why wouldn’t you pro­tect your in­vest­ment with the best qual­ity prod­uct? We test our oils in­de­pen­dently and Castrol RX Su­per per­forms su­perbly. Our CVX trac­tor works ev­ery week of the year and is our pri­mary trac­tor for spray­ing. It has gone for over 6,800 hours, its full life on Castrol RX Su­per and it’s still go­ing strong.”

What does the fu­ture hold for An­drew and the Wal­ter fam­ily?

“I am ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist in Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture. We have never had more sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in­volved in the grow­ing of crops or in the de­sign and op­er­a­tion of ma­chin­ery.

“Though it has been a chal­leng­ing few years with the pass­ing of Dad, with the com­mu­nity of Vi­o­let Town com­ing to­gether to sup­port us, it just makes us want to suc­ceed.”

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