Farmer Stories

Versatility key for Devon-based dairy farmer

16 Jul 2019

​Craig Down, together with his partner Maria Hollely, runs a milking herd of 80 cross-bred dairy cows on his farm in Tiverton, and also grows around 100 acres of maize, wheat and barley. With only one tractor on his farm, Craig needs a machine that not only has the power to undertake some heavy draft work, but also the manoeuvrability to easily work around sheds and farm buildings. The Maxxum 125 has proven to be the ‘good all-rounder’ that Craig was looking for…

“I have only been farming at my own place for the last 18 months and was lucky that my dad gave me his old John Deere 6910 when I first set up on my own,” explains Craig. “However, this tractor had a lot of hours on the clock, so last autumn I started to look for a replacement.”

Having previously used Case IH machines on his dad’s farm and with local Case dealership, James Pryce Tractors, just a few miles down the road, Craig decided to test drive a new Maxxum 125.

“I liked the Case IH MXU 115 that my dad used to have on his farm and knew that James Pryce Tractors did a good job, so I thought I would try out a Case machine of my own,” continues Craig. “I had the Maxxum out on demonstration last November, and after trying out some other brands of tractors, I decided that it was the machine to go for.

“I only have one tractor on the farm, so it needs to be a good all-rounder and the Maxxum fits the bill. It is man enough to handle doing some heavier draft work, such as ploughing and power harrowing, but it is also nice and manoeuvrable around the yard when I am doing livestock-orientated tasks.”

Since having the Maxxum 125 on farm, Craig has been impressed with its comfort and reliability.

“The tractor hasn’t had any problems so far and the cab suspension means that it is really nice to drive,” concludes Craig. “Whilst it is primarily employed as a loader tractor, it is good to know that I have a vehicle that has the power to carry out a wide range of tasks on the farm, as and when required.”