Alessandra Corradi from Italy is an expert tractor contractor – and a woman. It has not been particularly easy for Alessandra to make it in a male-dominated business.
“Elderly clients in particularly had a hard time at first getting used to a female contractor, but these days they know me and my way of working,” Alessandra tells us.
The easiest way to convince sceptics has been to do a good job. Alessandra works together with her father and cousins, but she is neither an employee or an assistant but rather a fully fledged contractor.
“I come from a farm, so it was a natural choice to become a tractor contractor. I studied agriculture and worked at Parma in the food industry for a few years. I began contracting in 2011 and hired my cousin to work with me in 2013.”
Alessandra says she does just about all kinds of tractor contracting jobs with the exception of forestry work. Typical tasks include dry hay processing, as well as looking after a biogas plant. The farms in the Trecasali region, just northwest of Parma, produce worldfamous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and Alessandra often helps harvest the dry hay. Silage is not allowed when Parmigiano Reggiano is produced.
“Strip-till is a popular method around here these days, as it saves time, fuel and money while preventing the soil from drying out. We like to expand our contracting business to include new tasks whenever the demand arises,” Alessandra explains.
Alessandra’s local tractor dealer is Marchesi Fidenzio in Bianconese. She is very satisfied with the service she gets from her dealer, but she still likes to take care of basic maintenance at home with her father and cousins.
“I think Valtras are excellent tractors: they are durable and easy to use, and they offer great visibility, while still being more affordable than some other tractor brands. My Valtra T152 Direct has been driven 7500 hours in six years, and I plan to trade it in for a new T Series with the SmartTouch screen. I’ve already tried it, and I think it’s great!”
In her free time Alessandra Corradi enjoys snowboarding, travelling and cooking traditional Parma food like lasagne, tortellini and gnocchi.
- Valtra T152 Direct
- Valtra A93 HiTech
- Fendt 716
- Fendt 312
- LS U60
- Manitou telehandler
- Komatsu wheel loader
- Ploughs, disc harrows, mowers, rakes, rollers, seeders, sprayers, slurry wagons and trailers