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Ausplow owner and managing director John Ryan AM speaking at the official opening.

Ausplow owner and managing director John Ryan AM speaking at the official opening.

Avon Criddle (left), Corrow and Del and Murray Criddle, Horrocks Beach.

Avon Criddle (left), Corrow and Del and Murray Criddle, Horrocks Beach.

Phil Longmire (left), Beaumont, Tom Sheridan O'Connors, Birchip, Victoria and Peter Rose, Perth.

Phil Longmire (left), Beaumont, Tom Sheridan O'Connors, Birchip, Victoria and Peter Rose, Perth.

Caroline and Peter Nixon, New Norcia.

Caroline and Peter Nixon, New Norcia.

Chantelle and David Seagreen, Peppermint Grove.

Chantelle and David Seagreen, Peppermint Grove.

Ramsay Bros South Australia representatives: Tim Glover, Group Sales, Lincoln Ramsay, director and Hamish Ward, director.

Ramsay Bros South Australia representatives: Tim Glover, Group Sales, Lincoln Ramsay, director and Hamish Ward, director.

Marlene and Vic Garn, Wyalkatchem.

Marlene and Vic Garn, Wyalkatchem.

We witnessed a historic event on Thursday night with the opening of our new factory in Naval Base and celebrations for our 30th birthday.
In front of more than 250 DBS owners and invited guests, the company’s owner and managing director John Ryan AM talked about the vision of Ausplow contributing to agriculture and Australian manufacturing.
“It was always our intent to make things that could assist farmers grow better crops and make a profit at the same time,” he said.
“It started with understanding the soil and what we needed to do to complement Mother Nature.
“That was a learning process that started with my work in market gardens with Lori Sumich and my deep tillage work in New South Wales and WA.
“And all that work led to the development of the DBS system and our growth as a manufacturer.
“There is a proud history of manufacturing agricultural equipment in Australia dating back to the 1800s.
“The likes of John Shearer and Horwood Bagshaw pioneered a lot of agricultural equipment and laid the foundation for manufacturing in this country.
“We are continuing that tradition of building quality and innovative equipment designed for Australian farmers and I am extremely proud of where we have come in the past 30 years.
“I believe the DBS has gained such popularity because farmers understand the need to promote soil health, while improving profitability at the same time.
“It was for this reason that I designed the DBS seeding module so specifically.”

At the opening, guests also saw the new Multistream model on tracks, which is to be unveiled at next week’s Dowerin Machinery Field Days.
It will be the centrepiece of a display what also will see the unveiling of the new Version Four DBS module, the first major change to the DBS precision seeding module since 2007.
The Version Four combines a new patent-pending Pro-D tool system with a paired row boot and a new mud rib to cater for a wide range of soil types.
Additionally is the release of the Pro-D Plus, which comprises of a “shoe” attachment at the bottom of a DBS blade to promote more of a lifting action than a bursting action.
It is similar to the tool system on the company’s EziTill deep till machine and increases the size of the sub-trench below sowing depth.
The action of the Pro-D Plus in creating more fissures or cracks in the soil enhances moisture penetration while promoting water-holding capacity.
The new track Multistream is a prototype model which will be trialled over the next 12 months in preparation for commercial release in 2018.
With a re-designed heavy duty chassis, Canadian-made Camso tracks are fitted with a bolt-on axle to replace the wheels.
The tracks comprise two main rollers and two idlers with a 75cm (30in)-wide belt, set on three metre (10ft) spacings.

With an increasing trend throughout Australia towards track machines, the track Multistream will be ideal for a range of soil types and, of course, for controlled traffic farming.
The Multistream also has added features including a new walkway platform that is positioned to the side of the bin and slightly higher than the bin entry ports for easier ergonomic access.
And a new “walk-over” step-up on the drawbar provides quicker access to both sides of the Multistream.
According to Farm Weekly machinery writer Ken Wilson, who attended Thursday’s event, Ausplow has become the dominant tillage market player in Australian broadacre crop establishment farming.
“”This new factory not only reflects Ausplow’s growth but is a statement that Australian agricultural manufacturing is alive and well,” he said.” The company is making world class products and I have no doubt the small entries they have made into the overseas countries such as Africa and Europe will see an exponential growth that reflects the continued demand for its products.

According to company general manager Chris Farmer, the Leath Road factory will add the extra capacity needed to meet forward orders which have become a feature of Ausplow’s build program.
Over the past few years, exponential demand for Ausplow precision seeders, Multistream air seeders and EziTill deep tillers has meant earlier ordering schedules by Ausplow dealers for factory allocations.
“We foresaw this happening and the need for more manufacturing space,” Mr Farmer said. “And the Leath Road premises is a timely expansion of our business.
“With more sales in the Eastern States it just increases the logistics pressure a bit more to ensure we get deliveries to customers on time.
“Our new factory will give us more central control over our production schedules and increase our cost efficiencies.”

The central focus of the new factory, built this year, is the state-of-the-art and environmentally-friendly booths – one for blasting and two for painting and curing along with a specialised paint mixing booth.
The new factory is adjacent to a re-furbished administration office and fabrication and welding complex, providing an efficient one-direction work flow from raw product entry to product dispatch.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016