Nick Farrow runs a mixed farm in Acle, in the Norfolk broads and grows 100 acres of winter barley, 100 acres of spring barley, 20 acres of wheat and 100 acres of sugar beet; as well as managing a herd of 90 suckler beef battle. He recently replaced two McCormick 135s with a Puma 165 CVX and Puma 175 CVX.
“I didn’t have anything in particular against the McCormick tractors,” explains Nick. “but the Pumas are a more advanced bit of kit and I have been impressed with their comfort, the variable transmission and headland management setup.”
Nick uses the Pumas for all of the farm’s cultivation work, including sub-soiling, drilling, power harrowing and hay cutting.
“The Pumas have the right power to weight ratio that we need on this farm and the CVX continuously variable transmission is a great tool to have out in the field. When I am drilling and you hit a light bit of soil you can speed up a bit, and when you hit harder ground, slow down, all without stopping to change gear ratio like you would in a conventional tractor. This constant motion allows the seed to keep flowing nicely and bed down evenly throughout the field.
“The headland management is a very useful tool too. You can programme a specific sequence for whatever implement you are using and then, with a single press of the button, the system will automatically lift, turn and re-place the implement that you are using. As well as cutting out a lot of hassle, this allows you to maintain all your focus on the task at hand and make as good a job of it as possible.”