Angela Burke has been with our business for 15 years and has been in sales for 18 months. She has a passion for the Massey Ferguson brand and highly regards her relationship with her customers, which is why she has gone above and beyond in each of her sales. This article was featured in the Ag Contractor & Large Scale Farmer magazine, July/August edition 2018.
Tasmanian contractor, Bob Madsen recently bought his first Massey Ferguson tractor and loves the versatility it offers his diverse contracting business. Bob farms 50 cows and calves in south-east Tasmania, near Sorell, and he also runs Bob’s Rural Contracting. The business offers a range of services, including hay, silage, and direct drilling. In the colder months Bob services the viticulture and horticulture industries.
He runs a fleet of tractors that now includes a new Massey Ferguson 5713 SL which he purchased last year. Bob bought the new MF5713SL to replace a larger, 155hp model from another brand. “I looked at another brand because there has been a shift in my business. I needed to downsize from a 155hp tractor and get a smaller, more versatile machine, which suits my needs better now” he says.”I went to a Massey Ferguson also because it was set up in all the ways that I wanted it. This machine was available at the time when I needed it, and it had everything I needed. I wanted to get it before the harvesting season.”
The MF5713SL won tractor of the year for best utility in 2016 and offers many extra features designed to save farmers and contractors time and improve the efficiency of their businesses. “One of the key requirements for me was for it to be steer ready. I intend to put 2.0cm RTK GPS into the machine” says Bob. “It came with the hydraulic valves fitted. It also came with SpeedSteer. You only have to turn the steering wheel very minimally to give you full lock. It is a great feature, especially when I am only harvesting and headland work. It saves wear and tear to the shoulder.” Bob also wanted brake-to-neutral, which he says is the next best things to a variable transmission. “It is fitted with Datatronic. It’s got a great deal of recording and information in that Datatronic. I could programme 8-10 implements in and set them up and when we want to use that implement again, it is in the computer. It is unbelievable the way that machine is set up.”
This harvest season, Bob’s MF5713SL was on a 3.5 mower conditioner and was then hooked up to a seed drill. Bob is hoping to have the GPS fully operating within the next few weeks. “With my viticultural work, there is room for that machine with GPS to give clients their accuracy setting for ripping the vine rows. Having the 2.0cm GPS means it will be more cost effective for my clients without surveying rows.”
The MF 5713SL features two electronic remotes and two manual remotes, with the electronic remotes set up on a multi-function joystick. “I can change gear with the joystick and I can activate or use those two remotes simultaneously. It’s a great attribute,” says Bob. He has received excellent customer service and support from his dealer in Bridgewater, Total Ag Solutions. “I dealt with Angela Burke and nothing was a problem to her. It made all the difference. I have dealt with a lot of dealers over my time with a lot of machinery and the level of information and interaction from her was fantastic,” says Bob. “She has a good understanding of what I needed, and since I have had the machine she has kept in close contact and offered regular support.”
This article was taken from the Ag Contractor & Large Scale Farmer magazine, July/August 2018 edition.