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Same Deutz-Fahr rescues charity ploughing marathon

SDF Agrotron

Same Deutz-Fahr came to the rescue recently when a Young Farmers Clubs annual 48 hour charity fund raising ploughing marathon was threatened with cancellation due to the lack of a tractor. Only hours away from its scheduled start, the club was told the tractor theyd arranged to use was unavailable.

Help was at hand though. A phone call by Meridean YFC chairman, Tom Laight to SDFs UK headquarters at Barby in Warwickshire resulted in a brand new Deutz-Fahr Agrotron M650 tractor being offered an offer which was gratefully accepted.

Each year, Meridean YFC, based at Allesley in Warwickshire, organises a ploughing marathon to raise money for worthy causes. This year it was the turn of the National Association of Colitis and Crohns disease and the original aim was to raise 700.

But thanks to the supreme efforts by a team of club members who kept the 184hp Deutz-powered Agrotron M650 and its six-furrow Vogel and Noot plough on the move through two consecutive days and nights, the event managed to raise nearer 1100.

Working on land at Hollyfast Farm, Corley, near Coventry, Meridean Young Farmers ploughed a total of just over 130 acres and used 7.85 litres of fuel/acre, significantly less than the club expected and had budgeted for.

Its been a long 48 hours but its been worth it, comments Tom. The tractor was a joy to operate and never missed a beat – it handled the six furrow, fully mounted plough with ease.


The Same Deutz-Fahr Group is located in Treviglio and is one of the leading global manufacturers of tractors, combine harvesters, agricultural machinery and diesel engines. Its product are made and sold under the Same, Deutz-Fahr, Lamborghini and Hurlimann brands. The range of tractors covers the 39hp to 275hp power band and the range of combine harvesters offers power ratings from 120hp to 450hp.


In 2010, SDFG, which employs 2300 people worldwide, recorded net sales of 854.6 million euros and an EBIT of 20.1 million euros. SDFG owns a majority shareholding (25.1%) of Deutz Ag, one of the leading independent manufacturers of diesel engines, listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.



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