Butcher in field of his own

Nanjing Night Net

REGULAR EXHIBITOR: Colin Butcher has been at every Eyre Peninsula Field Days since the event’s inception in the 1970’s.

Noteveryone can say they have exhibited at every Eyre Peninsula Field Days since the event’s inception, but Colin Butcher certainly can.

He and his wife Lorraine have operated Eastern Eyre Machinery since 1992, but his interest and involvement in the farm machinery industry stretches back to 1958.

The Cleve-based business specialises in tillage and seeding machinery, and imports Versatile (Ezee-On) cultivators, airseeders and offset discs, and carries spare parts for the full range, which they are happy to send practically anywhere in Australia.

“We are also agents for other tillage products – Horwood Bagshaw, John Shearer, Kuhn and K-Hart,” Mr Butcher said.

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“We have an extensive range but if there is something you want we don’t have, we can order it in for you,” he said.

“Some of my favourite feedback is from companies who’ve found it hard to get parts for machines that are more than 10 years old.

“Well, we often have stuff right here on the shelves for machines that are over 40 years old.”

Eyre Peninsula is ‘home’ for Mr Butcher, wholooksforward to the biennialfield days when they rolled around.

He said the event provided a platform for him tocatch up with people from across the region, the State, and further afield.

“The field days are good for the town, they bring people here and support other surrounding towns when visitors spend on fuel and accommodation, for example,” he said.

“While you probably won’t get someone buy a $500,000 piece of machinery on the spot, they have the chance to make contact and follow up if they like what they see.”

Mr Butcher encouraged visitors to ask about this year’s show specials and to visit the company’s stand to see a unique piece of machinery.

“We’ll be bringing the new Versatile ML 950 drill, the only one in Australia, plus a Kuhn Mouldboard Plough and a new K-Hart disc seeder,” he said.

Drop in and see whatMr Butcher has on offer at the field days and ask him about how the event hasprogressedacross the decades.

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