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'I was pleasantly surprised' - farmer wins ArmaTrac 1254 CRD4 Lux for 12 months

The 2019 ArmaTrac ‘Win a Tractor’ competition has been won by Neil Webster of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, who recently received the keys to the first ArmaTrac 1254 CRD4 Lux in the UK at the Royal Highland Show.

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Mr Webster will have 12 months use of the tractor which was launched at Lamma earlier this year. On winning his prize, he says: “I was pleasantly surprised when Dougie Bain [director of AS Tractors Scotland] rang me to say I had won.

 

"Initially the prize was the manufacturer’s 1104 model, however, we knew the larger 1254 was coming out soon and they agreed we could wait until that was available.”

 

Mr Webster farms 566 hectares across three units in partnership with his family. Cropping includes winter wheat, winter barley, oilseed rape and grassland, where 200 store cattle are fattened.

 

The 125hp tractor will be used across all aspects of the farm, says Mr Webster, including ploughing, secondary cultivations, grain carting, rolling and general maintenance duties.


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The farm currently runs a fleet of Massey Ferguson tractors.

 

Mr Webster says: “I am looking forward to seeing how it competes against our similar-sized Massey tractors. It is well-specced and from first impressions looks comfortable and well made.”

 

As standard the tractor comes with air brakes, hydraulic top link and reversing camera, but Mr Webster asked for a front linkage and pto to be added, increasing its versatility.

 

As with all ArmaTrac models, an assemblage of well-known manufacturers are used for the main components, including Deutz for the engine and ZF for the transmission and rear axle.

 

Dealership AS Tractors Scotland will be responsible for its upkeep.

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