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A fleet of Case IH tractors has been instrumental in helping the Dieckmann family’s Kalbar lucerne farm produce 80,000 bales of hay each year – that’s 400 bales per acre.


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The Dieckmann family first ran cattle on the South East Queensland property, then transitioned to vegetables before settling on lucerne hay.

 "It’s always been hay since I was a kid in the early ’60s," current owner Trevor Dieckmann says. "I remember driving the big red tractor and baling hay at night."

The Dieckmann farm turned to Lucerne due to the thriving equine industry in the region, the soil which is perfect for lucerne, and the ability for the scenic rim region to be farmed all year round.

The Dieckmann-Case IH relationship dates back to the start of the 20th century, with the family purchasing their farming tractors from local dealer Dover and Sons.

Their current fleet still includes the vintage, pre-Case IH, International 434 and 454 tractors, a Case IH 585 and 585 2WD, Case IH 4210, JX1090U, CX60, CX90, JX70 Cab and 956, and their three most recent purchases – a Farmall 115U Cab, Farmall 60B, and Farmall 105U with loader.

The farm’s most recent purchases a have been popular says Dieckmann.

"We bought the Farmall 115U in 2015 when the series was first released – I think we got the first one in Australia," Dieckmann says. "It’s a good size tractor for this sort of farm and it suits what we do perfectly, so we use it constantly.

"The 115U we have is big enough for all our general needs and a good size to handle," he says. "Each tractor has its own dedicated attachments and roles, and the hay gear never comes off except for maintenance.

"Mowers, rakes, balers – they all stay on constantly, particularly in summer when we seldom stop."

The Dieckmann Farms and Dover and Sons partnership spans 116 years. Michael Gnech has handled the account for 26 years and believes the long relationship is due to the personal approach that comes with living in a small regional town.

"In this area, families all know each other and we have a very ‘local community’ style of doing business that is more personal," Gnech says. "We know Trevor well, we know how he operates and we ensure he has the support he needs in terms of equipment, parts and service to keep his business running smoothly."

Dieckmann says the family plans to stay with the iconic red tractors.

"We stick with Case IH because I can’t see any advantage in going elsewhere – the performance we need is there and the service we need is there.

"We’ve always had red and we’ve always been taken care of – so if it’s not red, don’t bring it here."

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