Farmer Stories

Nearly 30 years of Case IH ownership

12 Sep 2018

​For the Heal family, Case IH tractors are simply part of the landscape. Fred Heal farms with his son, Tom, at Knighton Farm, Stogursey, on heavy clay land that runs down to the Bristol Channel. They’ve farmed this land for the last seven years, running a 600-strong herd of commercial beef sucklers, with all followers kept to finish, as well as a flock of 550 Texel mule ewes and around 325 acres of combinable cropping. And, whilst Fred and Tom run a Case IH fleet at Knighton Farm, their history with the brand goes back much further than that.

“My family bought our first Case IH tractor – a 956 – back in 1989 and we’ve had Case IH ever since,” Fred explained. “We currently run an old Case IH 685, an 844 and an MX 100 as yard tractors and we purchased two new Pumas earlier this year – a Puma 165 with a loader and a Puma 220. These two tractors do all our field work – with the only job we don’t do ourselves being maize harvest.”

The Heals work with local Case IH dealer, James Pryce Tractors at Tiverton, for all servicing and repair work, and they also supplied the latest two Pumas. One was ex-hire and the other was a cancelled order. Since arriving in early 2018, they’ve clocked up around 1,200 hours between them in just a few short months, doing all the arable field work, hauling, trailed foraging, buckraking and baling on the farm, as well as doing around 5,000 round bales on contract for other local farmers.