Ben Barker, North Yorkshire, was the winner of this year’s tractor competition by Farmers Guardian and New Holland.
Once again, New Holland and Farmers Guardian are delighted to give away a tractor for 12 months, this time to North Yorkshire farmer, Ben Barker.
Based near Richmond, North Yorkshire, Mr Barker runs a 240 hectare (600 acre) arable enterprise along with a BnB pig unit and a broiler site.
“When told that someone from the Farmers Guardian had called, the first thing I assumed was that they were ringing to pester me about my subscription,” he said.
“Coupled with the fact that I had just spent the morning spreading fertiliser in less than ideal conditions, it was fair to say I was not in the best of moods.
But to my very pleasant surprise, the phone call was to give me the news that I had won a brand new tractor.”
As one of 6,500 entrants, Mr Barker found out about the competition in Farmers Guardian, which he entered on-line.
“I’ve entered twice before and never thought I had any chance of winning. I am now going to buy a lottery ticket.”
Mr Barker’s prize is New Holland’s latest addition to its standard wheelbase T7 range, the T7.225.
In the firm’s Blue Power specification, it comes with all the trimmings including metallic paint job, LED lighting package, Auto Command continuously variable transmission, leather interior, carpeted floors, front linkage and pto, guidance ready, and 650/75 (rear) and 600/65 R28 (front) Michelin tyres.
Power is courtesy of a 6.7-litre FPT engine which provides 185hp rated and 225hp when boosted during pto or transport applications. As well as the tractor, part of Mr Barker’s prize was the chance to see where his tractor was made, with a trip to New Holland’s factory in Basildon.
A presentation including the history of New Holland preceded a tour of the assembly line, which viewed the whole process from receiving of components through to painting then final assembly.
Awaiting Mr Barker at the final quality control area was his prize.
“I certainly feel very lucky to win. It has been a while since we have been handed the keys of a new tractor,” he said.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever been round a tractor factory, and I must say I’m very impressed. The plant looks very modern and it has definitely enhanced my perception of New Holland’s products. It is also reassuring to see British manufacturing in action and doing well.”
Mr Barker’s prize will be joining a fleet of New Holland tractors including a T7.200 and a TS115, along with a New Holland TF78 combine and BB large square baler.
The tractor will be kept busy with work including ploughing, cultivating, drilling, bailing and haulage.
Grinning, Mr Barker said; “I’ve already told our contractor he will have less work to do this year.”