SSide-by-sides have become invaluable farmhands on Jay Rezac’s diversified operation in Onaga, Kansas, particularly on the ranching side of the business.
“We use them heavily for calving, fixing fence, and spraying pastures,” says Rezac. “They are just an awfully useful item.”
Alongside his two sons, Russel and Matthew, Rezac oversees the farm’s cow-calf background and feedlot stocker operation as well as hay production. The other half of the farm – corn, soybeans, and wheat plus a farrow-to-finish operation – is managed by Rezac’s brother, Lance, and Lance’s daughter, Nicole.
This spring, the Rezacs added the Mahindra Retriever 1000 to their lineup of UTVs to see how it fared on the ranch.
“It has lots of power,” says Rezac. “If you want to tow and pull, this machine has power.” The Retriever has an 83-hp. engine with a 2,500-pound towing capacity and can haul up to 1,200 pounds of cargo, which came in handy for spraying.
“We did some spraying with a 75-gallon sprayer and it handled the weight really well,” says Rezac, adding a caveat to that. “When we were spraying, the rear-axle CV joint broke and that part tore off of the rear end.”
With and without a load, the Retriever felt stable and secure traveling down roads. “It has nice speed, which is something that we have to have here because we have to get out and drive 5 or 6 miles between pastures,” explains Rezac.
However, he did run into one issue at higher speeds. “The wind would come under the dash and blow the cup holders out,” says Rezac.
During calving, Rezac uses UTVs to go out in the field and put tags on calves. “We drive up and tag a lot of cows – about 850 babies a spring,” he says. “The Retriever was loud enough that the cows would want to pick up and leave. This was not a quiet machine.”
Jay Rezac Onaga, Kansas