We've gone from using the TH6 for long periods at regular intervals to now using it for much shorter periods but every day, and it drives just as well in either situation. For those not following the highs and lows at Bushovel Farm we had a barn fire earlier in the year, which means our Suckler cows are in the cheap seats along with their weaned calves as we wait for our barn replacement barn to be built in January.
Our daily routine at the moment is to arrive at the farm, turn the lights on, switch on the TH6 and leave it to warm up whilst we check the stock, by the time you get back to the machine 5-10 minutes later it is wonderfully warm and the radio has picked up the Today Program on Radio 4, so I am a happy man. In the evening, I am back again at 6 o'clock (so I can listen to the news) and I'm pushing up feed from the comfort of the cab, the lights are absolutely fantastic and let you see everything.
Isobel returned to her home town and had a tour of the New Holland Factory at Basildon and got to see the incredible amount of teamwork and professionalism that goes into every aspect of the tractors produced there. The arrival of our new shed is going to give us the opportunity to move the yard about, I am already planning on moving the feed silo, the diesel tank and the cattle handling pens to better fit around the larger shed, work that is made easy with the pallet forks that came with the tractor.
Whilst this year for many has been an exceptionally long and challenging one, I do take great pleasure in firing up the TH6 and getting to hear the latest goings in the world whilst I feed the cows from the comfort of the cab!