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TAS Country : July 14th 2011
18 Tasmanian Country Friday, July 15, 2011 AN ADVERTISING FEATURE Gaffney celebrates 50 RANGE: Gaffney Machinery is proud of its exellent range. GAFFNEY MACHINERY is turning 50 years old -- an impressive milestone in the farming sector. With five decades of serving the Tasmanian farming community under its belt, the Tasmanian company is now the oldest machinery dealership in the state. Co-director Greg Cahill said the anniversary had crept up on the team. ''We are proud to have been associ- ated with farming in Tasmania for 50 years,'' he said. ''Like the majority of Tasmanian farms, we are family owned and proud of it --- so here's to another 50 years.'' When asked if there was a secret to achieving such a level of longevity, Mr Cahill paused to consider it. He reckons their reputation as an honest, reliable company with integ- rity was what it was all about. ''We have always had a good repu- tation as a straight shooter, a company that farmers could rely on and trust,'' he said. ''And that dates all the way back to the original owner who founded the business. If Mick said he'd do some- thing, then that was it, nothing else mattered. ''People know the Gaffney name and associate us with a good product range, dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and for our parts and service backup. ''Finding the right people and provid- ing staff with quality training is critical in any industry. Ours is the same.'' The seeds of Gaffney Machinery were sown by Mick Gaffney when he established All British Separators. The company was the Tasmanian distributor for RA Lister, makers of cream separators, diesel engines and sheep shearing equipment. Connor Shea was then a fast growing farm machinery manufacturer in Vic- toria, they appointed Lister as their New South Wales distributor. Due to declining sales in separators, the astute Mick Gaffney spotted a business opportunity. In July 1961 he morphed his company into Gaffney Machinery. Mr Cahill said over the years, the new company prospered and became the Tasmanian distributor for Connor Shea. ''Gaffney bought out Don Goss in Launceston, opened a branch in Pros- pect and added other lines like Dairy Master milking machinery, Irish sla- shers, Myers potato range and JF, a Danish hay and silage equipment range,'' he said. At this time, a significant factor in the company's expansion was the sales enjoyed from the John Deere industrial range. Backhoes, graders and log skidders were the best sellers. Mr Cahill said this was a big factor in developing the company's expertise in parts and service. ''And this is still a forte of Gaffney Machinery today,'' he said. Due to Mick Gaffney's ill health, the company was put on the market. The next phase was somewhat of a coincidence as Michael Frost had returned from South America after spending seven years as Dalgety's representative there. He and Jack Kent, sales director of Connor Shea, had set up importer/dealer operations in Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Panama, Ecuador and Guatemala. It was Mr Kent who suggested to Mr Frost that he make Mick Gaffney an 2010118-110715 Congratulations to Gaffney Machinery for reaching your 50 year milestone! It has been a pleasure working with all the staff at Gaffneys over the past 10 years Tony, AR Steers Transport Proudly the oldest Agricultural Machinery Dealership in Tasmania Is turning 50 Come along and help us celebrate - All day BBQ, lucky door prizes and giveaways. 10% discount will apply storewide on parts only, purchased / ordered on the day. Tues. 26th, July at our Longford Branch or Thurs. 28th, July at our Somerset Branch Come and enjoy the day and meet with some of our supplier reps. in attendance "Everyone Welcome" 2041873-110715 Osprey Eagle Build Bird Netting Machine • Features the proven TatEng method of gentle net gathering with sensitive hydraulic control. • 1, 2, 4 & 6 Row Models available to suit your application • Large roll capacity, standard 6000 square meters = 20 meter x 300 meter roll. 2032591-110715 PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT IN NETS O • Features th PROTEC NEW! Available from Gaffney Machinery Pty Ltd 89-91 Bass Highway, Somerset, TAS or 4 Carins St Longford TAS Tatura Engineering congratulate Gaffney Machinery on 50 years of trading! www.tateng.com McCormick Tractors Australia Pty Ltd would like to congratulate Ga ney Machinery on 50 years of trading! TRACTORS A USTRALIA 2013690-110715
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