Scape & Scrape: Working in Extreme Weather.
-- Customer Story
Brian Fuller plows snow in the winter for the city of Fort Collins, Colo., and maintains right-of-ways in the warmer months for the city as well as the state. He also keeps area cattle fed, including his own, with hay he bales on his land and elsewhere.
In addition to being versatile, his Massey Ferguson tractors—an MF2605, MF4608 and MF4610 with a cab—perform equally well in each of the ways he uses them. “They produce a lot of horsepower … and do very well when it comes to economy with the fuel,” even though, he says, his two 4600 Series tractors are weighted down for work on steep hills.
Fuller recently bought a used 956 Hesston® round baler, which he praises for its durability and ease of use.
He says he learned his love of hands-on labor and working outdoors when he helped manage the family farm near Cleveland, Ohio. The youngest of eight children, Fuller says he was his father’s right-hand man in helping to maintain a small herd of cattle.
“I guess, in one sense, it was work I had to do, but I loved farm life from the get-go.” He also didn’t mind work. When he was 13, he says, “I was up at 5 in the morning milking 80 head of cows for a farm down the road.”
As with his love of labor and working outdoors, Fuller’s upbringing on the family farm also shows in his approach to efficiency, or perhaps more to the point, his desire to let nothing go to waste. Accordingly, much of the grass he cuts on roadsides, as well as for a few landowners for whom he custom bales, goes to his cattle operation.
He loves where he lives within the shadow of the famed Rocky Mountain Front Range. There with his wife and four children, they own 5 acres. The kids keep animals and in many ways enjoy the same pleasures of country living he did in Ohio.
In terms of business, he says, “I just signed another five-year contract with the city. That’ll make 25 years. I think that’s one of my biggest accomplishments [to] get in with a municipality of this size and have them just keep signing you because they’re happy with your work. It’s huge.”
For video and more on Fuller and his operation, visit https://www.myfarmlife.com/features/scape-scrape-working-in-extreme-weather/.