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.
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.”
“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.”