The Sinclair Brothers
Turning a JOB into a great way of life
Partnerships can be a good way to start a business but to get it right is the key - balancing the responsibilities, work load, books and the list goes on.
Stewart and Grant Sinclair from Ballance near Pahiatua appear to have got it right. Their different strengths compliment each other and their trust in each others integrity has turned a JOB into a great way of life. They took over the fourth generation family sheep farm and started dairying in 1968 with a herd of 90. Today they milk 350 cows very successfully.
First TFM machine
Their introduction to Tulloch was through a Gehl 72B Double Chop Flail Chopper they bought. Then in 1996 bought a Gehl 1475 round baler and after 6000 bales decided to trade it on a Gehl 2580 Silage Special round baler. Although they liked the old baler (which has never produced a dud bale); the new 2580 is a real treat to operate.
Productivity is up by a massive 60% says Stewart, and if it was not for that, they would never have got the grass off they did, before the floods.
Grant (left) with brother Stewart and their new Gehl 2580 Silage Special.
Power in Feed system
This increase in capacity is due to the combination of the open throat and new Power in Feed system. The wider axle means it is more stable on the hills and tows better. The wider pickup, steering monitor and improved net system help to produce a better looking bale.
Stewart also liked the core density control and the fact that the machine was less hungry for horse power. Stewart says he is much less fatigued after a days baling than before.
GEHL's New Variable Open-Throat Power In-Feed System
The incoming crop is pulled off the pickup by the aggressive action of two power in-feed rolls - a 6 inch
diameter pivoting power in-feed roll on top and an 8 inch diameter fixed power in-feed roll on the bottom.
Southern Field Days
Nick Gillot reports on a wet Southern Field Days that really showed off the Team Tulloch line up of equipment!
After a particularly wet, cold and blustery set up day, the first show day was wet but bearable. The folk from the Far North were told to bring “Gummies” but in fact they would have been better advised to have prescribed “Waders.”
Our sincere thanks to those who braved the mud and rain to visit on that first day. The exhibitors certainly demonstrated a fair bit of determination as they were ready and waiting for the customers at opening in spite of the adverse conditions.
Good business done
Business was good with the most popular pieces of equipment on display were the Krone Combi Pack variable chamber baler/wrapper
and the Rabe Golden Eagle 4.5m Tandem Disc harrow
The enthusiasm for the demonstrations on Day One was somewhat dampened (literally) except for that of Team Tulloch, who eventually had the whole paddock to themselves.
Mowing in the rain...
The wet paddock was cut with the new Krone Easy Cut 280, 2.8m Mower
, raked with the well proven Krone Swadro 761 rotary rake
and finally baled with the ever popular Krone VP1500MC variable chamber baler
Keen interest for the Rabe Milan Furrow plough with auto reset
and hydraulic vari-width.
Day Two saw some beautiful sunshine and customers in numbers. All competitors came out to show their equipment put to the test in front of the critical eye of potential buyers.
The Rabe Milan 7 furrow slatted plough ably demonstrated on our behalf by Fisken Contracting and the Rabe PKE3000 power harrow was demonstrated favourably against the opposition.
An event such as this, which is so dependant on weather can only be a success if there is a true commitment from the organisers. Because of their dedication, the Southern Field Days are always a success as seen by the quality and volume of visitors. We do enjoy participating in this prestigious event and look forward to 2005.
Bruce with the Krone VP1500 MC baler at the Southern Field Days.
Central Districts Field Days
It almost seems that someone with a wicked sense of humour sets the date for field days. The day before opening saw rain and mud, but hats off to all involved - all was ready on the day. This event is certainly growing in size and popularity - and for us as exhibitors this is a good thing. Our site is pictured.
The unfortunate flooding experienced in the Manawatu also got to Manfeild but only slightly. However it had a lesser impact on business than expected. We recorded some good enquiries, particularly for our new range of Reversible Ploughs, Min Till Seed Drills and Power Harrows from Rabe. Again the Krone Combi Pack variable chamber baler/wrapper drew a lot of attention.
The Central Districts Field Days continues to grow in size and popularity.
Field Days Preview
16 - 19 June 2004
Come and visit our site (L4 & L6) and discuss how we can help contribute to your improved profitability through the use of our range of high quality machinery.
The equipment on display will reflect a cross section of what we import and distribute through our nation wide network of 30 dealers.
The following machines are planned to be at the National Fieldays 2004
If you would like a free no obligation demonstration of Krone baler/wrapper or any other piece of equipment distributed by Tulloch Farm Machines, please feel free to enquire with us.
The Krone CP1500 VMC baler/wrapper
is proving to be a winner due to its resounding success in the toughest conditions. Above is the North Island demo unit working in Hawkes Bay baling Lucerne, wrapping and tipping on end to avoid puncturing of the wrap.
Krone Manager visits TFM
We were pleased to have had a visit at the end of February from Mr. Wilhelm Voss, Manager of the Agricultural Division of Krone . Mr. Voss flew directly to Christchurch. He was able to visit a few customers and see the first day of the Southland Field Days before flying onwards across the Tasman.
It is always beneficial to have contact on home soil with key personnel such as Wilhelm Voss - it gives them a better understanding of our trends and conditions. Suffice to say, the visit was fruitful and we are grateful for time spent with us.
Wilhelm Voss (left) with Murray Johns from Dipton with his Krone VP1500MC.
"This is a brilliant concept from Krone. It will mow just about anything."
Sam Ovesen, operator for contractor Nigel Billington, in a
crop of Saugum at Te Puninga near Morrinsville who made the comment above.
Contractor Nigel Billington's Krone mower set up purchased from Piako Motors, with
front mounted AFL283CV and rear mounted AM283CV mower conditioners.
Saugum crop being laid down by the Krone Mower conditioners.
Area Sales Representative
Nick Gillot, our newest staff member, joined Tulloch Farm Machines in July 2003 to help expand our sales in the region covering Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Manawatu.
Nick has been selling tractors and machinery since 1980 and has gained a great deal of experience in customer support, dealer support and management roles. Nick has a good knowledge of cultivation equipment, which fits in well with the introduction of the RABE range. We welcome Nick on board.
Nick immigrated from Zimbabwe in May 2003 with his wife Kim and two children. They are keen on the outdoor life, and are eager to see what New Zealand has to offer. To start, Nick and his son Dustan recently enrolled on a Kayaking course with the Wairarapa Canoe Club.