50 Years of harvesting technology showcased at Henty

MF-header-web-PMSeptember 18, 2013

The gulf between harvesting technology of 1963 and 2013 was a focal point of the Henty Machinery Field Days today.

A 50-year-old PTO Massey Ferguson 585 was parked in the shadow of its modern cousin, a giant Massey Ferguson 9540.

The display consistently drew crowds on the second day of the 50th anniversary field days, keen to see how far agricultural machinery has advanced in five decades.

Among the visitors was Albury retiree Bruce Graecen, who is a 35-year veteran of the field days.

Mr Graecen sold CLAAS headers and balers for former Albury company, Alfarm, for 10 years before moving onto sell for Massey Ferguson for 25 years.

“I did a lot of Henty field days – I enjoy talking to the people and catching up with old work buddies,’’ he said.

Mr Graecen said the secret to being a good machinery salesman was gaining a farmer’s trust and “knowing your product’’.

He said the biggest changes over the years had been the technology, particularly the use of global positioning systems (GPS).

On the final day of Henty, a current model Case header will take centre stage next to a 1963 vintage PTO International A8-4.

Caption: From left, Scott McHaffie, Mark Harrison, Alex Milson, Tim Oldacer and Stephen Nankivell, all of AGCO, with the header display.