Farming Matters: Searching for old tractors

Farmer Jonty Stalker driving his vintage post-war grey Massey Ferguson
Farmer Jonty Stalker driving his vintage post-war grey Massey Ferguson
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A few weeks ago I wrote about a competition currently running to find the oldest working tractor.

(Original story here)

Entries have flooded in, and with them, some rather touching stories.

One is about a post-war grey Massey Ferguson.

It was owned from new by Jonty Stalker, a farmer who used it to feed his livestock until two weeks before he died at the age off 99.

The tractor was left to his nephew who still uses it to sow turnips to fatten his lambs.

Lindsay Haddon, advertising and sales promotion manager for Massey Ferguson, said: “Both Massey Harris and Massey Ferguson were built with the ethos of straightforward, dependable and hardworking capability.

“These iconic workhorses of the farming world stood the test of time thanks to thoughtful design.

“To this day many of our oldest machines are still working the land using some of the same ground-breaking features that we still see on our machinery today.

“It is with great delight that we still see many Massey Ferguson tractors working on farms up and down the country. For us, it’s a little piece of farming heritage in a very modern world.”

To enter the competition go to www.lammaxchange.com/content/tractor-competition.php