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Massey Ferguson is part of AGCO Corporation. As an individual brand, it is one of the biggest names in farm equipment throughout the world with a 150 year history and heritage that confirms its leading role in global agriculture.

Massey Ferguson is truly international in its breadth of experience and sells its products in over 140 countries through a network of over 5000 dealers.
As well as a world-beating product line, Massey Ferguson’s strength is rooted in the long-held philosophy to provide customers with much more than just a machine. A comprehensive range of support services ensures owners and operators benefit from the best possible advice and guidance before buying, and the best possible back-up once they have made their decision.

The name Massey Ferguson was coined in 1958 – a shortening of the name Massey-Harris-Ferguson. This company had been formed in 1953 after the merger of the famous North American company Massey Harris with Harry Ferguson Limited of England.

Harry Ferguson was a brilliant engineer who brought about a major change in tractor design with his revolutionary three-point-linkage system that allowed both tractor and implement to work as an integrated unit. Today, virtually all tractors are based in some way on his unique ideas.

The history of Massey Harris goes back to 1847 when Daniel Massey opened a workshop to build simple farm implements in Newcastle Ontario, Canada. A decade later – also in Ontario - Alanson Harris established a foundry to make and repair farm machinery.

Massey and Harris both became pre-eminent in harvesting machinery and eventually the archrivals merged in 1891. The new company was responsible for producing the world’s first commercially successful self-propelled combine in 1938.

Massey-Harris merged with Harry Ferguson in 1953 and brought together their twin skills in harvesting machinery and tractor design to produce one of the world’s most powerful forces in farm equipment.

Click on the tabs above to read learn how Massey Ferguson has progressed over the last fifty years, bringing you right up to the present day.

If you require further information visit the Friends of Ferguson Heritage website.