Ideal Tractor Choice For Multi-Tasking - Little Bayhall Farm

Having given over 10,000 hours of service on Little Bayhall Farm, near Tunbridge Wells, it was time to change out the John Deere 6830, the main tractor on this 450-acre organic dairy farm.

Farmer, Ian Bowman and his tractor driver Fred Petfield, wanted a similar sized tractor to the 6830 and so they decided on the John Deere 6155M. It comes with 10hp more than the previous model and the very latest fuel-efficient power plant.

The dairy herd consists of 250 head of pedigree Holstein Friesians and including replacement heifers, all the milk goes as premium organic milk to ARLA and a major fast-food chain. “We are a very well established organic farm, “commented Fred Petfield, “having been a certified producer since 2001, we wanted a tractor that would be capable of handling an entire range of tasks, such as ploughing, cultivating, drilling, mowing, slurry tanking and umbilical work as well as a lot of topping - so we needed a good all-rounder, not too big but efficient on fuel consumption. The 6155M is a perfect fit because with tasks like topping, for example - which we do far more regularly because we don’t use fertilisers and chemicals, we needed something that could perform well, yet not burn lots of fuel.

Unfortunately, when the cows need feeding, they can’t wait two days before a technician comes out to fix a machine, we expect immediate back-up and that’s the sort of experience we get by using Burden Bros Agri - when we call up with a problem, they are there straight away - they really know how to look after us!

Little Bayhall produces its own forage from a mixture of permanent pastures and short-term leys, which also includes triticale and forage maize as part of a balanced ration programme. They use a John Deere 5100M that’s almost a permanent fixture on the Keenan diet feeder. “Having a highly productive organic dairy farm,” added Fred, “means that we need to be sure we can have prompt back-up in the event of any mechanical breakdown. Unfortunately, when the cows need feeding, they can’t wait two days before a technician comes out to fix a machine, we expect immediate back-up and that’s the sort of experience we get by using Burden Bros Agri - when we call up with a problem, they are there straight away - they really know how to look after us!”

In acquiring their new 6155M, Little Bayhall Farm added a little extra to the deal this time - “we decided to add John Deere’s extended warranty to the tractor because Burden Bros put together a complete package for us that was included in the deal. It has essentially given us total peace of mind for the next five years against breakdowns or any nasty surprises - it’s all in the overall cost. BBA maintains it throughout its period of ownership, if we get a component failure, they repair it and cover the cost - and if there are any product upgrades, they look after that as well. We know exactly what the operating cost of the tractor is to the penny and therefore we can budget accordingly.” he concluded.

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