TAKING A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH IN PROTECTING A FAMILY LEGACY
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.
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.”