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The South Australian Grower – July 2013
Puma powers through its tasks
AS the grower for Bulmer’s Farm
Fresh Vegetables, one of the
largest horticultural enterprises in
Victoria’s Lindenow region, Daniel
Hammond needs robust, reliable
equipment to work the 350-hectare veggie
The Mitchell River Valley business started
as a family farm in 1948 and now
encompasses six farms, spanning an
“It’s a big business to manage,” Mr
“We spend a lot of time driving to and
around the other farms, so we need tractors
that can go the distance. We bought the
Case IH PumaTM 165 last winter as it
offered great value for money and seemed
perfect for our unique needs.
“I couldn’t be happier with the fuel
economy and performance. I estimate
we’ve cut our daily fuel use by around 20
per cent and boosted our output by around
To date, the Puma 165 has done 1100
hours in the field and all the groundwork
before and after planting lettuce, spinach,
broccoli and broccolini. This involves deep
soil ripping, discing and tilling.
“We’ve also just ordered a Puma 140 to
do all of our bedforming and to prepare the
beds for planting. We use a front-mounted
mulcher, which will save us a lot of time
getting rid of unused product and allow us
to be more productive. Being front-
mounted means the tractor mulches before
we run over the bed, so we get a better,
cleaner result,” Mr Hammond said.
Also getting a big tick from Bulmer’s is
the Puma’s easy operation.
“A lot of people on the farm need to use
the tractor. It’s so simple to use, anyone can
jump in and drive it,” Mr Hammond said.
The Puma is an efficient, multi-purpose
tractor which is the right size and has the
right power to handle a variety of tasks.
The new generation of Puma tractors
deliver big-iron power, performance and
It is these features – combined with a
multi-control armrest, a spacious and quiet
cab, advanced farming solutions precision,
and continually variable transmission or full
powershift transmission – that make Puma
tractors ready for anything.
“The Puma 165 and 140 are the perfect
size and exactly what we need now and in
the future,” Mr Hammond said.
Case IH product manager-tractors John
Dreves says Puma tractors offer more usable
horsepower when and where farmers need
“Slowing down on hilly terrain, tiptoeing
through tough spots in the field, even
spending too much time controlling your
tractor, can all cost you,” Mr Dreves said.
“The Case IH Puma lineup has plenty of
power in a mid-size package, plus features
like power boost, power growth, and the
continuously variable transmission option to
deliver more power when and where you
need it most, while keeping you productive.
“Case IH knows that farmers need to
cover more ground in less time, so as well as
providing maximum productivity during
drive time, Puma tractors are designed to
“That’s why we engineered Puma tractors
with rugged Case IH components proven
to provide years of reliable service. And why
we added features like the easy-opening
hood, convenient service steps to the cab,
and a right-hand service access door for easy
cleanout and serviceability.
“We also made sure that daily
maintenance checks are quick, easy and at
Next-gen leaders apply for change
APPLICATIONS for the second intake of
Horticulture-The Next Generation are open.
The program is available to only 20 business
leaders from across the Australian horticulture
The tailored business leadership development
program is designed to benefit owners and
managers of levy paying businesses who have
the responsibility of managing staff, looking to
grow their business, and have a passion for their
industry and its future.
It equips them with the training, business tools,
and support required to achieve individual,
business and industry growth objectives.
The project is funded by Horticulture Australia
Limited as part of the across-industry program.
The Australian Government provides matching
funds for all of HAL’s R&D activities.
Topics covered include planning, problem
solving, practical marketing and sales, people
management, individual leadership, time
management, and decision making.
There is a significant online learning
component apart from face-to-face workshops.
Additional places are available for businesses
involved in the horticulture supply chain and will
be considered on a merit basis. Supply chain
participants will be required to fully fund their
Elements of the Next Generation program will
also be available to industry through HAL’s
website, webinars, social media platforms, and
Applications close Monday, July 15. The first
two-day workshop will be held at Brisbane on
August 26-27 .
THE fight against bees just got slick.
Researchers have developed a
smartphone app that can monitor the
pests hitching a ride into Australia
through its ports and shores.
Under the Pollination Program-funded
project run by the National Centre for
Engineering in Agriculture at the
University of Southern Queensland, ‘bait
boxes’ placed around Australia’s ports
are monitored through live video
The boxes are strategically placed to
attract bees that could be potentially
carrying pests such as the varroa mite
which has devastated honeybee
industries around the world.
These were monitored manually till
now, making it time-intensive,
expensive, and irregular.
Two bait boxes have been fully
operational in Brisbane and Cairns for
the past six months, with their interiors
photographed every 15 minutes. The
images are uploaded to the internet,
along with other data.
NCEA’s Cheryl McCarthy says remote
monitoring provides a lower-cost and
more effective alternative, potentially
saving time and money and improving
“The use of smartphone technology
has allowed us to monitor the boxes
24/7,” Dr McCarthy said.
“The images have all been of
sufficient visual quality to clearly
indicate the presence of bees in the bait
box, proving the smartphone apps are
an efficient way for us to detect an
exotic bee incursion.
“The aim is that when an incursion
occurs at an Australian port, the
smartphone image-capture will indicate
a higher activity level in the boxes and
alert authorities, who can then manually
check the boxes to confirm that bees
Dr McCarthy says the findings from
the recently completed project indicate
future opportunities to expand the
number of bait boxes deployed in
“Ideally, once we have worked on the
success of ensuring our decoys are
working at the best levels, we can have
a network of at least 100 remotely-
monitored bait boxes deployed around
Australia’s shores and ports,” she said.
Rogue bees get
caught on app
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▲ Daniel Hammond, Bulmer's Farm Fresh Vegetables, says his Case IH Puma tractors deliver
exactly what he needs.
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