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Extra power brings more efficiency
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Extra power brings more efficiency

With 1,800 Herdwick ewes and lambs roaming 1012ha in the heart of the Lake District national park, Peter Edmondson is kept constantly busy.

“I’m always looking for time,” says Peter, located at Seathwaite Farm near Keswick, Cumbria.

Peter Edmondson is surrounded by Fells and Pikes in the stunning Lake District.
Peter Edmondson is surrounded by Fells and Pikes in the stunning Lake District.

With a further 40ha of land 18-miles away to produce high-quality hay and silage for his sheep and suckler cows, he says journey times are now quicker with his latest Valtra – a T174e.

Supplied by local dealer Johnston Tractors, it is his third consecutive Valtra, and brings more power and better fuel efficiency to his daily workload.

“The T174e is a fair jump up from my T143, but it is one that has really improved efficiency. I tow a 28ft Bailey livestock transporter and also a twin-axle low-loader,” he says.

“And the low loader lets me take several machines at once, in just one road trip.”

Armrest with loader joystick control is a huge improvement over his previous model.
Armrest with loader joystick control is a huge improvement over his previous model.

“Extra power has saved 10 minutes per trip, and that’s important making several journeys each day to move livestock,” he says. “A longer 40-mile run to Carlisle livestock market is now 30 minutes shorter. The T174 has plenty of power to hold its speed on the uphill sections of the route, and this makes a huge difference to my working days.”

“Eco mode has made a big difference when you don’t need full power,” he says. “It’s a noticeable fuel saving over my previous T143.”

T174 equipped with G6 loader, is a jack of all trades, and master too, for Peter Edmondson.
T174 equipped with G6 loader, is a jack of all trades, and master too, for Peter Edmondson.
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