Inside NFM’s June issue

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Nuffield scholar Nuffield scholar Guy Hebblewhite speaks of his experiences researching anaerobic systems as a source of renewable energy. Nuffield scholar
Claas Axion 930 Jaiden Droguht tested out the high horsepower Claas Axion 930. Claas Axion 930
Polaris Ace Released earlier this year, the Polaris Sportsman Ace is currently making waves across the globe. Barry Ahsnehurst got his hands on one for a test drive. Polaris Ace
Tractor history no 2 Farm machinery guru Graeme Quick continues his history lessons on vintage tractors. Tractor history no 2
Mowers buyers guide Look up everything you need to know about mowers in this month's buyers' guide. Mowers buyers guide

NewFarmMachinery issue 10, June 2014 comes out on June 16.

After Steggles chicken farmer Guy Hebblewhite from Somerton, New South Wales decided to upgrade his father’s small broiler farm to industry best practice, the cost of electricity and gas skyrocketed by 40 per cent. That triggered his desire to find ways to help him and other farmers reduce costs around the farm.

At the age of 40, he applied for the Nuffield Scholarship to investigate the concept of anaerobic digestion as a renewable energy option in Australia.

Awarded the scholarship in 2012, Hebblewhite has been able to travel overseas to observe many inspiring examples of how ordinary farmers are using anaerobic systems to make their own fuel, energy and fertiliser.

Meanwhile, Boggabilla broadacre farmer Pete Mailler, who along with his father and brother invented the first ever GPS for precision farming, Beeline, laments the lack of resources on-farm these days.

"There is not enough ‘fat’ in the farm income to take risks or make speculative investments like we did with Beeline, especially in research and development," he tells Col Jackson.

"Many people in the world are expecting to be given food; this won’t happen by itself, we must make it happen — but we can’t if there is no money in agriculture."

Read more about these inspiring agriculturalists’ stories in the June issue of NewFarmMachinery.

This month, we tested:

For our Tech and Gear feature this month, Steve Kealy investigates the use of hydrogen cells in farm machinery. Will this be the future of agriculture?

In this issue also,  farm industry guru Graeme Quick offers part two of his series on Australian tractor manufacturers; a rare insight into the life of industrialist Hugh McKay.

Dealer profile of the month features hardworking husband and wife team Kerry Hammond and Terry Peatt from Ararat Auto and Ag who tells their story on how they evolved from an auto servicing company to Ararat’s leading farm machinery dealership.

Don’t miss our comprehensive Buyers’ Guide; this month delivering full specs for all the leading brands of mowers and mower conditioners.

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