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                                                           DB & J. GRIFFIN

    Leicestershire dairy farmers DB & J. Griffin recently purchased three McCormick
tractors following a decision to replace their MF and New Holland tractors. But did they
make the right decision? FMJ went to meet Trevor Griffin at the family farm to find out

The dairy industry is a tough                            WORDS AND IMAGES SIMON HENLEY               reducing labour costs and eliminating the
                    business to be in, particularly                                                  worry of finding relief milkers.
                    for the smaller ‘traditional’    heifers for breeding – sending their progeny
                    milk producer. If you’re going   all over the UK. But there’s more to this          The choice to purchase the McCormick
                    to survive in this game you      operation than rearing and selling pedigree     tractors was based on three principles.
                    need to think progressively,     dairy cattle.                                   Firstly value for money, secondly ease of
and that’s exactly what the Griffin family                                                           operation and shared brand features, and
was doing when they purchased not one                Modern methods                                  finally the availability of local dealer
but three McCormick tractors over a period                                                           support. Of course, other choices of tractor
of just 18 months.                                   Seven years ago the Griffin family made the     dealer were available locally but when the
                                                     change to robotic milking, purchasing two       three factors for purchasing were combined,
   The Griffins are both passionate and              Fullwood robots. Initially teaching the cows    it was McCormick that came out on top.
enterprising dairy farmers who specialise            to use the robots was a slow transition but it
in breeding pedigree British Friesian cattle         was a progression that has paid off in spades,     The inspiration for deciding to replace an
– rearing bulls for artificial insemination and      It has allowed the family to dedicate more      existing trio of tractors, which included two
                                                     time to managing the breeding aspect of         Massey Ferguson models and a New Holland
                                                     their livestock enterprise while significantly

“For the same money it would
have cost to buy a 120hp MF
model we were able to get a
145hp McCormick”

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