Who would have predicted an attack on dairying in Morrinsville?
Machinery dealers say they can always spot a tractor from a dairy farm: they don’t get the love normally lavished on their cropping mates.
The rig in our photo may have suffered excessively and will need a valet before trade-in.
Seen in Swansea, Wales (the land of my fathers), this Case IH Puma was on effluent duties pulling a 14,000L vacuum tanker. The rig was on the headland building up pressure to spread the load when the sight-glass mounted at the front of the machine ‘let go’ and fired a pungent, sticky mess through the cab’s open rear window, covering the driver and all with the herd’s finest mix.
Driver Liam Price rushed to close the window but the damage was done.
So came a bucket to clear the mess, a pressure wash and a few days in the sun to dry out.
Electrical gremlins have, predictably, been in attendance, and the local gas station is selling air fresheners by the box.
The rumour is that the local dealer is not looking for trade-ins “at this time”.