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The Importance of Having a Tyre Pressure Plan

Goldacres 40 Years

Tough conditions are tough on tyres, but farmers can save money by ensuring they manage their tyres correctly. 

Australian Tyre Traders, National Sales Manager, David Naughton, said for starters all farmers should have a tyre pressure plan. 

“You shouldn’t be running one pressure on a piece of equipment for a year,” he said. 

“It’s really important that farmers have  a pressure plan and have the time to adjust the tyre pressure.

“If you have equipment that sometimes runs at 40 kilometres an hour, fully loaded, it needs to be at a pressure to be able to do that. 

“If we reduce the load by 50 per cent and slow the speed down, it can run at a much lighter pressure. Mr Naughton said besides reducing wear and tear there were other reasons to manage tyre pressure. 

“If you adjust the pressure appropriately the footprint and penetration in the ground will be much less,” he said.

“It will be much better for the soil, there may be a better yield and your tyre will last a lot longer.”

Australian Tyre Traders is a distributor, importer and manufacturer of tyres for road and agricultural use.  

“We have two ranges of agricultural tyres, both our Harvest HB45 Bias Ply range and our Harvest HR45 range,” Mr Naughton said. 

“We’re the only business in Australia that specifically designs and manufacturers their tyre for Australian conditions.”

Unique conditions

Mr Naughton said Australians farmed in unique conditions that needed to be considered when purchasing tyres,

“You need a product that is reliable and works a long service life,” he said.

“Tyres designed for smaller European farms are manufactured primarily for short haul and they operate a lot cooler then what we do in Australia.”

Mr Naughton said Australian purpose built tyres included an extra large heavy case with a heavier construction built from a premium core compound.

“Quite often you can visit one farm and have so many different types of soil types,” he said. 

“So you need a product that is really durable. 

“We are looking to have a tyre that’s designed to be capable of running with the lowest ground pressure. 

“From a manufacturing perspective, it means manufacturing without cutting any corners and using premium components.

“From a technology point of view, it means looking at the best manufacturers around the world to see what works and doesn’t work.

“It’s super important we don’t cut any corners.”

News article based on an interview with Farm Online that was also published in Stock and Land.

Goldacres 40-year Celebrations

Goldacres 40 Years

We were pleased to join in the 40-year anniversary celebrations of Goldacres in late February at their Ballarat site.  They are a valued customer who we have worked with for over 13+ years. They have quite an amazing story to tell which they have kindly supplied below.

“In the late 1960’s Mr Edward Richards started a small retail business dealing in motor vehicles, fuels, oils, wool buying and general farm machinery in the small central Victorian town of St. Arnaud.

St. Arnaud was founded in the gold rush era and was a very prosperous community. The town is also surrounded by good farmland and at this time the local economy was quite strong, resulting in the business prospering. However in late 1960’s Mr Richards was fatally injured in a car crash, leaving behind his two son’s John and Edward.

At this time John who was in his early 20’s was working in Melbourne as a junior accountant, some 250km away. Not wanting to let the business finish he decided to move back to St. Arnaud and take over. 

Over the next few years John toiled away with the business and slowly started to grow the range of products offered, which now included hay making and light tillage equipment to service the local area.

It was around this time that herbicides started to become a popular alternative to mechanical weed control and John saw a gap in the market for a robust, purpose built sprayer. And so in 1978 the first sprayer was built and the Goldacres name created.

The move into spray equipment could not have come at a better time and many local farmers were keen to try out the new technology. As a result demand outstripped supply, John decided to focus purely on sprayers and drop the other product lines. A major expansion of the existing facility was also undertaken.

Then disaster struck the Eastern parts of Australia in 1982-1983 with severe drought conditions and interest rates hovering around 18%. Victoria was hardest hit, leaving Goldacres in a very serious situation.

However, when things are at their worst, they are often at their best.

At this point John decided that if Goldacres were to survive then he had to diversify the range and look further from the St. Arnaud base and start appointing dealers across Australia to sell his product.

The strategy worked and after many hard years of effort and plenty of miles driven Goldacres sprayers started making their way on to farms across Australia.

It must be acknowledged at how hard it was at the time, there were no mobile phones, the internet did not exist, and neither did a basic computer. To source components involved hours of driving, using payphones and phone books. International travel took several days and communication almost impossible. But through the challenges the Goldacres brand prospered.

By the late 1980’s Goldacres employed 18 staff at the St. Arnaud site.

Through the 1990’s the company was producing almost 2 Prairie sprayers per day in the peak selling period which was January through till June, as well as a range of three point linkage and 12 volt sprayers. In the later part of the year production switched to horticulture sprayers, with models such as the director and rowcrop series proving popular.

It was also a time when John’s two sons had started to take an interest in the business. The oldest, Roger, embarked on an engineering degree in Ballarat, while Stephen pursued an Ag science degree at Longerenong. After finishing, both joined Goldacres on a full time basis, Roger in Engineering, Stephen head of spare parts.

Also around this time saw changes in the type of sprayers being used across Australia. Bigger capacity, 8000L Prairies were becoming common place, wider booms and more efficient operation was required. Self-propelled sprayers were starting to be used, and Western Australian farmers were very early adopters of these, with many importing their own from the USA.

This led to extensive research into the self-propelled sprayer market including visits to four major US manufacturers, after much debate it was decided that Goldacres would engineer and build its own.

This is a major turning point in the history of Goldacres and one that could not have predicted at the time the importance of that decision.

The early 2000’s saw steady development of the self-propelled sprayer model which at the time the cab chassis were being built in a small rented factory in Ballarat and then driven to St. Arnaud where the tanks, plumbing and booms were all fitted. It would soon become apparent that Goldacres had outgrown the St. Arnaud site.

In 2004 a purpose built facility incorporating a large office complex was constructed on the outskirts of Ballarat. After 26 years, Goldacres now had a second home.

But shortly after drought conditions struck again and orders for trailed sprayers dropped dramatically. At this point of low sprayer production it was decided that trailed sprayers greater than 3000L would be built in Ballarat along side the self-propelled sprayer range, and the smaller products which included 12V, 3PL and trailed sprayers with capacity of up to 2500L be built at the St. Arnaud site. With the downturn in sales an all new Prairie Advance model was redesigned in readiness for when the seasons returned, and this occurred in spectacular fashion when an order influx of 250 plus trailed sprayers was taken in just a few months.

As the trend for larger farm holdings continued across Australia so did the desire to own self-propelled sprayers. No longer was the trailed sprayer the mainstay of the Goldacres range. In less than a decade the self-propelled sprayer would represent more than 50% of the company turn over. No longer was Goldacres competing with just other Australian trailed sprayer manufacturers, but Global giants!

In the last 6 years Goldacres has been forced to make radical changes. The product range has increased dramatically to suit other markets within Australia, we have had to change the way sprayers are designed and built in order to stay competitive. We have a team of 160 people across 2 sites focused on sprayers. Our engineering and R & D team has quadrupled, the production team includes a dedicated quality and continuous improvement department. The production facilities have expanded. Our dealer and customer support division helps keep thousands of sprayers in the field going. We use the latest in 3D cad software and ERP manufacturing systems. We are investing heavily in the transformation of the Ballarat site to further improve the manufacturing efficiency, safety for our staff and the ability to build sprayers that Australian farmers require.

Thankyou Australia for making the first 40 years great, we look forward to what the next 40 will bring.”

We congratulate the Goldacres team on this milestone and wish them continued success over the next 40 years.

Pictured in the photo from left to right are Matt Peterson (ATT), Stephen Richards (Sales & Marketing Operations Manager-Goldacres) and David Naughton (ATT).

It's Field Day Season

As 2018 begins Australian Tyre Traders are attending more field days than ever. 

The Harvest Tyres Team will be attending field days including: 

MARCH  
HORSHAM WIMMERA FIELD DAYS MARCH 6 - 8
SE FIELD DAYS - LUCINDALE SA MARCH 16-17
   
APRIL  
GREAT SOUTHERN FIELD DAYS WHINCHESLEA APRIL 6 - 7
FARM WORLD WARRUGUL APRIL 12 -15
CLAREDALE SHOW AND GROW APRIL 20-21
   
MAY  
AGFEST TASMANIA MAY 3-5
NORTH QUEENSLAND FIELD DAYS MAY 9-10
   
JUNE  
FARM FEST TOOWOOMBA  JUNE 5-7
   
JULY  
KUNUNURRA FIELD DAYS  JULY 13-14
   
AUGUST  
MALLEE FIELD DAYS SPEED AUGUST 1-2
EYRE PENINSULA FIELD DAYS CLEVE SA  AUGUST 14-16
AGQIUP FIELD DAYS GUNNEDAH  AUGUST 21-23
DOWERIN FIELD DAYS WA AUGUST 29-30
   
SEPTEMBER  
NEWDEGATE FIELD DAYS WA SEPTEMBER 5-6
HENTY FIELD DAYS NSW  SEPTEMBER 18-20
   
OCTOBER   
ELMORE FIELD DAYS VIC OCTOBER 2-4
WANDIN SILVAN FIELD DAYS  OCTOBER 12-13
AGRIFOCUS LAKE BOLAC OCTOBER 17-18

 

So keep an eye on your local field day, you're bound to see the Australian Tyre Traders Team.

 

Farm Robots

Robot PickerRobots could be helping to operate agricultural farms within the next 5 years and it looks as though robotics are going to be the next big thing within agriculture in Australia.

"Within the next 5 years we are going to see some of this (robotic) equipment available at competitive, commercial prices start appearing on farms," states professor Gordon Wyeth from the Queensland University of Technology.

"(However) We are not talking about using robots to replace people, (they will) be used to increase productivity with the same, or possibly more, people."

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT), based in Brisbane, has recently received AUD$3m funding from the Queensland state budget in order to research the potential of robots performing different agricultural functions on farms and fields.

This exciting news follows the recent development of the AgBot, also conceptualised by the team at QUT.

Professor Wyeth stated that robots could save the wheat industry a staggering AUD$620m annually.

Further, the robots could significantly reduce farm labour costs.

"This is the kind of thing that is perhaps going to take some of the people who want to go off to the mines at the moment, to instead think, 'no thanks, I'm going to head out to the farms because they are pretty exciting, forward-thinking places'," he said.

Professor Wyeth also stated that said Australia's high wages compared with other nations posed a challenge for the growing population.

"We value our quality of life and we want to be able to be keep paying good wages."

"So what we want to create is the good jobs that go with the good wages - and robotics can play a role there so we get rid of the dirty-doll tasks and replace them with hi-tech tasks."

"Why shouldn't agriculture be reaping the benefits of these advances in robotics as well?"

 

This news item is based on the James Wagstaff article Robots on the Rise

All new website

new website now onlineAustralian Tyre Traders (ATT) are proud to announce the launch of their all new website. 

In keeping with the latest trends in website development and the online environment, ATT is delighted to launch the new look website with a number of different features and upgrades from the previous website.

The website includes ATT showcase brands Haulmax Tyres*, Harvest Tyres and Halitrax Tyres prominently. 

In the coming months look out for more additions to the website including an all-new online ordering interface featuring exclusive monthly specials for ATT's national tyre dealer network.

ATT invite you to engage in conversations via the Facebook and Twitter streams.

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