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TAS Country : August 12th 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010 Tasmanian Country 9 News Vegie grower's Cats tread lightly SUITED: Harvest Moon's Mark Kable, left, and Wayne Elphinstone fromWilliam Adams with the new tractors near Forth. A couple of big Cats are keeping vegetable grower Harvest Moon on track, reports Karolin MacGregor THE addition of two Cater- pillar tractors to the Har- vest Moon fleet three years ago helped the company cut its fuel consumption. Last week Harvest Moon took delivery of it's two new replacement Cat Chal- lenger 765C tracked trac- tors which will be used on farms at Forth and Cressy. Agricultural director Mark Kable said the 320hp tracked tractors were specialist machines that were ideally suited. ''We've been very im- pressed with them over the last three years,'' he said. ''Because of the lower fuel usage we've been able to get some fairly good productivity gains.'' There have been several minor changes to the newest models, which are expected to increase their efficiency even more. Unlike traditional wheeled tractors, the track- ed Challengers have more surface in contact with the ground at all times which means a better power to ground ratio. This enables them to work more efficiently, even when pulling large implements. The bigger surface area of the tracks also means less soil compaction and means the tractors can be used earlier than conven- tional wheeled machines when paddocks are wet. Mr Kable said the trac- tors were mainly used for most of their heavy culti- vation disking and deep ripping work and did be- tween 1500 and 2000 hours of work a year. Mr Kable said over that time they had a fuel saving of more than 10l an hour. ''It's quite a significant saving,'' he said. William Adams' North and North West regional manager Wayne Elphin- stone said tracked tractors were widely used across the globe with about 20,000 of all types now in oper- ation. He said with more and more producers looking at controlled traffic and bed cropping systems, tracked tractors were likely to be- come more popular. Being able to tow large implements meant far- mers can work up pad- docks in less passes, which also improves efficiency and cuts down on sowing costs. A willingness to look at new methods crops and equipment has been an important part of Har- vest Moons's develop- ment and success since the company was first established by now man- aging director Neil Arm- strong in 1981. One of the state's largest fresh market veg- etable producers, Har- vest Moon supplies a large range of vegetables to Tasmanian, interstate and international export markets. Mr Kable said the fresh vegetable industry was a highly competitive mar- ket and they were always on the lookout for new opportunities. The company's biggest volume crops were broc- coli and carrots closely followed by onions and potatoes. They also grew a large range of other crops in- cluding lettuces, leeks, celery and beans. About 20 per cent of Harvest Moon's sales went into export markets while the rest was evenly divided between Tas- mania and interstate. The AJF provides rewards of up to $30,000 for information that leads to a successful prosecution or signi cant animal welfare outcome as judged by the AJF. ADVERTISEMENT Have you witnessed animal cruelty in your workplace? The Animal Justice Fund would like to hear from you. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org TO PROVIDE INFORMATION: or call: 0457 448 419 www.AnimalJusticeFund.org VOTE 1 LIBERAL on Senate ballot paper to RE-ELECT ADVERTISEMENT ABETZ, Eric PARRY, Stephen BARNETT, Guy Authorised by Jonathan Hawkes, Level 2, 24 Murray Street, Hobart LIBERAL PARTY LIBERAL PARTY ABETZ, Eric LIBERAL PARTY PARRY, Stephen LIBERAL PARTY BARNETT, Guy LIBERAL PARTY LA 17167dev Your Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team Advancing Tasmania's Interests 1
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