Congratulations to George Dinnis who made the top bid at the Harper Adams University ‘Auction of Promises’ event to win a trip to the Massey Ferguson tractor manufacturing facility in Beauvais, France.
From a family farm near Sevenoaks in Kent, George is currently in his first year at Shropshire-based Harper Adams where he is studying BSc Agriculture.
“I thought it would be a really interesting trip to experience a tractor production line,” he says. “I’m looking forward to seeing how it all works. We have an old MF 35 tractor on the farm which we’ve had since new but today all of our tractor work is carried out by a contractor with an MF 7620.”
The trip was donated by Massey Ferguson and includes a tour of the factory and Technology Centre plus flights and accommodation for two people. The total raised from all the lots at the Harper Adams Auction of Promises this year came to £3200.
The Dinnis family’s mixed farm extends to around 900 acres and includes Badger-Face Welsh Mountain sheep and Hereford cattle. Adds George, “We grow mainly wheat, barley and oil seed rape under a minimum tillage cultivation system using a 3m Sumo DTS (Deep Tillage Seeder) drill which allows us to drill later on in the season, in most conditions.”