Beautiful Farm, Brawny Massey Ferguson Tractor
-- Customer Story
Dave Everett relies on his Massey Ferguson GC1705, a 22-HP sub-compact tractor suitable for a variety of jobs. Seven months of the year it mainly helps him mow 4 acres worth of grass on Big Sandy Mush Farm. (See their whole story here: http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/preserving-a-farms-beauty-in-north-carolinas-big-sandy-mush/.)
“With a belly mower, the 1705 is just what we need to make short work of the lawn around the farmhouse and the grass on uneven terrain between our roads and fencelines,” Dave says. The tractor has also been used to skid steel feed troughs around their livestock pastures. “Ours has industrial tires, which provide great traction without damaging the ground,” he adds.
“It has the pulling power to handle the gamut of small tractor chores, including those requiring PTO attachments. “The diesel-fueled 1705, in terms of build quality and control setup, is entirely compatible with the bigger boys,” says Dave.
Dave and his wife Kim have worked to restore and preserve their 130-acre farm in the bucolic Sandy Mush area of Western North Carolina.
The Everetts have cleared overgrown pastures, and fixed fences, the house and roads. Riparian buffer strips, 40 feet wide, blanket the banks of the Big Sandy Mush Creek with grasses, shrubs and trees. Fencing the cattle off from the stream and natural springs meant they had to dig a deep well and run 1,800 feet of water lines to several insulated livestock tanks throughout the pastures.
“To me this is the embodiment of what we’re trying to do with our land,” Dave says, nodding toward the fields, woods and streams. “We said that we want this farm to be recognizable to folks who lived here 100 years before us.”
To read more about the Everetts, check out the full story at http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/preserving-a-farms-beauty-in-north-carolinas-big-sandy-mush/.