TAMA president John Tulloch.

The tractor and machinery industry is welcoming a challenge by the Minister of Agriculture to train New Zealanders rather than continue relying on seasonal migrant workers.

Moana Fisheries HR manager Katrina Thompson was a keynote speaker.

Tractor and machinery importers, manufacturers and dealers gathered recently in Wellington for the inaugural conference of the New Zealand Tractor and Machinery Association (TAMA).

 
Black is the new orange!

Sure to brew up a storm in New Zealand, a Dutch Kubota dealer is marketing a Black Edition of a 150hp M7151 tractor.

The new AFS Connect Magnum.

It might be a while before New Zealand sees Case IH’s new AFS Connect Magnums, but they were on show at the Farm Progress Show last week in the US and at AgQuip in Australia.

 
LED strobe beacon

Beacons are an indispensable health and safety device for many vehicles on farms.

 
A Power Farming hub in Christchurch.

Power Farming says it now stocks an extra $500,000 of parts at its hubs in Christchurch and Invercargill to help cut contractors’ downtime in the South Island.

JCB’s mini electric excavator.

Signalling changing times, the construction and agricultural machinery maker JCB has begun producing the world’s first fully electric mini excavator.

New Holland's Low Carbon Tractor.

Already ahead of the game with its methane-powered tractor, New Holland Agriculture has unveiled the first prototype of its Low Carbon Tractor (LoCT).

Call them what you will, but UTVs, side x sides or ROVs have found a place in much of rural New Zealand.

Ag and Civil Direct, a division of Waikato Tractors, Hamilton, is to distribute the Shelbourne Reynolds range of farm equipment manufactured in the UK.

Reversing a long-time flow of gear from Ireland to New Zealand, a Waikato manufacturer is about to start exporting to the land of Guinness.

A new addition to Farmchief’s extensive range is aimed at using organic waste on farm, notably the West Maelstrom rear discharge manure spreader.

Many familiar, straightforward items of kit do a good job day in, day out. For example, the Zocon modular rubber scraper from importer Ag-Attachments.

 

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