Case IH drives NSW farmers

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Brothers Ed and James Fagan rely on eight Case IH tractors to run their 4,000-acre farm in Cowra, New South Wales

Case IH drives NSW farmers
Brothers Ed and James Fagan: True Case IH fans

Ed and James Fagan’s 4,000-acre family-run farm Mulyan harvests weekly all year round, so it can’t afford any down time.

The Cowra, NSW-based property supplies high profile customers across Australia including Woolworths, Coles and Dick Smith, as well as fast food chains. 

Its diverse range of produce includes broadacre wheat and canola, baby spinach, iceberg lettuce, beetroot, onion, asparagus and even popcorn,.

Depending on the season, the Mulyan operation employs anywhere from 15 to 45 people, so it relies on high-functioning equipment and prompt, efficient service.

But according to Ed the farm’s biggest challenge is the consumer.

"Today’s consumer is getting more fussy, requiring food that is consistent every day of the year, and they don’t want to pay more," he says.

"And so farmers do what they can to get the highest yield and best product out of their land."

That’s where the equipment comes in. With such a wide range of product, the Fagan brothers have to look far and wide for the right machinery and equipment to get the most out of their land.

Some of their horticulture equipment is specially made, but preparing the land and harvesting remains the job of a tractor.

Some days all of Ed’s tractors can be out, preparing ground, sowing, spraying and harvesting.

The Fagans started buying Case IH tractors in 2008, their first purchase being a JX90.

They now run eight Case IH tractors including an additional JX90, two Maxxum 125 ROPS, a Maxxum 125 cab and a Puma 140.

Mulyan also boasts a 25th anniversary release Magnum 340 which contrasts in both size and age to their vintage Farmall Supa A 1948 model.

"(The Case IH tractors) are reliable, the quality is good, they do the job," Ed says.

He says the combination of a very good dealer and the pricing were the reasons he initially chose Case IH. But in the years since, he’s come to fully appreciate the support provided by the company. 

"Service is paramount," Ed says.

"We deal with Carruthers Machinery at Cowra and we really appreciate the back-up we get with our Case IH machinery.

"When you have multiple machines and a large workforce, all you need is one breakdown and you can have 15 people standing around and it’ll cost you a fortune."

If they do have a breakdown, Ed says Carruthers Machinery comes out to get repairs done.

"They carry a good range of spare parts, which is quite important. If they don’t have it, they’re able to get the part quickly, helping us get back on the field as quick as they can.

"And they’re always letting us know when there’s a new product out there that we could use," Ed says.

"We’ve had a good run out of these tractors, and we use a lot of their gear. I’d recommend them to any other farmer."

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