It goes without saying that safety awareness needs to be part of every farmer’s daily routine. With this in mind, members from Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFYFC) were invited to a special Massey Ferguson Machinery Maintenance and Safety Workshop at distributor Peacock & Binnington’s Selby branch on 18 February.
These evening workshops feature both theory and practice. Topics covered include why farm safety matters, the importance of an annual tractor safety check and guidance on how to carry out daily checks on machinery.
Leading the group from Yorkshire was Lewis Marshall, YFYFC Development & Marketing Vice Chairman and Chairman of Went Valley District. "The training event was well attended by young farmer members who enjoyed analysing the faults on a young farmer’s tractor which was in for service. That caused some amusement!” he says. “We learnt lots of hints and tips to keep our machines on the road including legalities and regulations. It is great to see large companies giving a bit back to the farming community. Many thanks to Massey Ferguson for supporting Yorkshire Young Farmers."
Spot what’s wrong! One of the safety workshop’s exercises involved analysing the faults set up on a tractor.
Host for the evening was Marcus Bourne, Director & Branch Sales Manager, Peacock & Binnington. Technical Support Specialists Richard Cox and Michael Butland from Massey Ferguson led the workshop. The event was supported by AGCO Parts and the Farm Safety Foundation. Those who came along to the evening also got the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £100 voucher to spend on Massey Ferguson branded merchandise.
“The correct use and maintenance of machines is a key part of the farm safety message,” said Richard Cox. “We had a very successful workshop at Selby with a great group of young farmers who were really engaged in the importance of the topic.”