Industry association TAMA reports that tractor sales topped out at 4079 last year.

With regional field days right upon us, tractor importers and dealers should have a smile on their faces given the sales results just released for the 2017 year. 

Manitou MLA-T telehandler.

In the 1980s and 90s, articulated telehandlers from Matbro, Sanderson and JCB were popular with livestock farmers and anyone who wanted to place loads in difficult places. 

Giltrap Agrizone is now offering HiSpec’s mixer wagons in NZ.

Giltrap Agrizone says it’s had outstanding success with the HiSpec range of slurry tankers and muck spreaders.

Power Farming Group’s USA headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Power Farming Group, the family-owned Morrinsville business, has a deal with SDF Italia to exclusively distribute Deutz-Fahr tractors in the US.

The new Pick Up 300.

Improvements to Claas Jaguar 900 and 800 forage harvesters include a new hydraulic pre-compression system, a new chopping cylinder, and three new front attachments. 

Origin Agroup’s David Donnelly.

The rising fortunes of global farming are raising the demand for European-made tackle, which might signal supply problems for Kiwi farmers and contractors looking to hit the new season with new toys.

The new Arion 400 Series raises the bar in loader tractors in the 100-140hp range.

The dictionary defines ‘panoramic’ as “an unbroken view of the surrounding region”, so the newly arrived Claas Arion 400 series tractors are worth a closer look, but more on that later.

The Valtra T254 Versu won the coveted Tractor of the Year 2018 (TOTY) and Best Design 2018 awards at Agritechnia 17 in Germany last month.

The Valtra T254 Versu won the coveted Tractor of the Year 2018 (TOTY) and Best Design 2018 awards at Agritechnica 17 last month in Hannover, Germany.

Gallagher has won the supreme award from New Zealand’s industrial design community -- a group beyond the farmgate.

The start of the harvest season brings thoughts such as ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’ and for farmers and contractors alike the dream of more engine power.

The new Espro 6000 RC seed drill offers two separate metering and distribution systems on one universal seed drill package to provide a choice of field operations for arable work.

The capital cost of high-output modern tractors and machinery has prompted many agricultural contractors to diversify into civil work such as site development, re-contouring and road or race building.

Although conditions in the agricultural machinery sector continue to be difficult, the family-owned Austrian firm of Pöttinger was still able to increase sales by 2% to Eur 308 million in the 2016-17 financial year.

Matt Walker, of Barrhill Dairy Ltd in Mid-Canterbury, runs a mixed operation that focuses on 2200 cows milked through two dairies, producing 1.3 million kgMS per annum.


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