Big Cradock dairy operation beefs up tractor fleet
25 March 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202018548
CRADOCK, a town located in the upper valley of the Great Fish River in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, is known for its large farming community, and is home to two of Grasslands Agriculture’s farms.
Grasslands Agriculture owns a total of 16 farms, comprising over 16 000 dairy cows, producing about 96 million litres of milk per year. The two farms in the Eastern Cape region – Riverina and Heemstede – each have 1 150 milking cows, and approximately 134 hectares of silage units. They are also home to four Kubota M8540 units, which have recently been joined by a brand-new E-Kubota 6075 Pro 4WD tractor.
According to Marinus Lamprecht of Grasslands Agriculture, the purchase of the new tractor was not only influenced by the value for money nature of the offering within the 60 kW tractor category, but also because of the exceptional aftersales support received from Kubota South Africa over the years.
He said that with features like bigger wheels and four-wheel drive capability, applying fertiliser to crops had now become a more controlled activity, which gets executed with little damage to the crops.
Another plus was forward/reverse shuttle gear and 12 forward/12 reverse transmission, complemented by a flat operator’s deck and a strong, adjustable tow hitch.