Judges 2016 | Top Tractor shootout

By: Tom Dickson, Jaiden Drought, Photography by: Ellen Dewar

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Nothing could stop our experienced trans-Tasman 2016 Top Tractor Shootout judges in their pursuit of the best value for money utility tractor.


Adjudicator Matt Wood defends his time-keeping and is pitured here with 2016 Top Tractor Shootout judges Tom Dickson (left) and Jaiden Drought (right).


Jaiden Drought

Jaiden is a massive fan of all types of farm machinery both large and small. He loves nothing better than getting his hands on, and testing, any new piece of machinery. His great sense of humour and natural storytelling gifts make his reviews an entertaining read.

Born and bred in Taranaki New Zealand, Jaiden grew up on dairy farms and is now juggling his Farm Trader technical editor role with sharemilking, farm management and a contracting business.

While admitting that the hardest thing about his role as a tester is writing up entertaining articles for readers every time, he is the first to admit that he genuinely loves his job as it involves driving some of the latest farm machinery on the market. Not to mention gasbagging to machinery dealers and farmers around the country. 


Tom Dickson

Tom accepted the position of technical editor for Farms and Farm Machinery magazine in 2013 after 30 years’ experience farming in South West Victoria.

He relishes testing and preparing honest appraisals of new and used tractors and farm machinery. When asked to describe his role and responsibility, he says: "I’m just a farmer giving a farmer’s opinion to other farmers.

"My reviews are of a non-technical nature – they’re more of an explanation of what a machine is like from behind the wheel and a look at the things you won’t find in the manufacturer’s brochure."


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