This year’s Lamma competition, run by Farmers Guardian in partnership with New Holland, has been won by Alistair Marr.
Mr Marr, who farms 160ha at Manor Farm, Huntingdon entered the competition at this year’s Lamma Show.
He said: "I always enter these types of competitions, as it makes sense to do so, you have nothing to lose."
Having won some other small prizes in the past Mr Marr said he was nearly speechless when FG editor Ben Briggs gave him the good news.
"I couldn’t believe it when Ben said I was the winner. It was over six months ago when I entered the competition, so needed a little reminder as to what I had entered and what the prize was. Obviously, I was over the moon to have won the use of this brand new New Holland for the year."
Mr Marr, who grows a range of arable crops on heavy clay land in Cambridgeshire, says he has got most of his autumn crops drilled now, but the T6.175 will be employed for fertiliser spreading and spraying throughout the winter, with both implements coming from Amazone.
He plans to give the tractor, which features NH’s new Dynamic Command transmission, a good workout in the spring when attached to a four metre set of Vibroflex heavy-duty spring tines and a 3.6 metre set of discs.
The transmission is ideal for transport and cultivation tasks, with three ranges and eight powershifts per range, designed to give good control over speed for a range of common field and road operations.
The tractor will be delivered to Mr Marr’s farm auto steer ready. Mr Marr is currently looking into kitting his farm out to benefit from guidance and is considering putting a GPS unit on the New Holland.
The tractor is equipped with a generous spec, including LED work lights, eSCVs, sidewinder armrest and Intelliview colour monitor.
As part of the prize, Mr Marr was invited to spend the day at the company’s assembly plant at Basildon, and featured a tour of the assembly line which produces up to 120 tractors per day.
Mr Marr said: “The scale of the plant is vast, but the efficiency of the operation is very impressive. I was particularly interested in the use of robotics and the just in time system of delivering parts to the assembly stations.”
At the end of the tour Mr Marr was presented with his 175hp tractor. Beaming from cheek to cheek he said: “I would strongly recommend everyone to enter the competition, as you never know, you may just win.
"It only takes a couple of minutes to fill the form in, and you could end up with the use of a brand new tractor for the year like I have.”