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19.
June
2013

Tractor day in Latvia

It's already third time Latvian farmers and other people interested in tractors and agricultural machinery gather together to watch national tractor and their drivers' competition. It is arranged thanks to enthusiasm and efforts of the team of agricultural magazine "Saimnieks" and every time attracts hundreds if not thousands of competitors, exhibitors and visitors, both rural and urban. Location of the event near resort town Sigulda, just 30 km from the capital and biggest city of the country - Riga...

 

It's already third time Latvian farmers and other people interested in tractors and agricultural machinery gather together to watch national tractor and their drivers' competition.  It is arranged thanks to enthusiasm and efforts of the team of agricultural magazine "Saimnieks" and every time attracts hundreds if not thousands of competitors, exhibitors and visitors, both rural and urban.  Location of the event near resort town Sigulda, just 30 km from the capital and biggest city of the country - Riga, plus time - Saturday, were really convenient to city dwellers.  This was the idea of organizers - to introduce rural life to the city.  Next step shall be exhibition of trades and machinery straight in Riga street's!

Tractor engines roared under full load

The key attraction was of course tractor competition with few dozen of competitors.  From the first sight it hadn't be a complicated task - to pull as fast as possible loaded trailer along inclined track in the field.  To ensure equal conditions to everybody tractors were divide into categories according to engine power, trailers were loaded accordingly, every driver had to do two drives in parallel tracks in each of rounds: quarter-, semifanals and final.  Nevertheless, soft soil, rather steep incline and heavy trailers made some operators to stall the engines before finish line.

 

Traktordiena - Sigulda, Latvia.  Interesting attraction to rural and urban people, kids and adults. Some tractors struggled in the track.

 

Sunshine increased interest in Bednar equipment

Bednar FMT unfortunately was represented only by Mulcher MZ 4500.  "Spring seeding season is almost over, plus we couldn't get as much area to exhibit our machinery.  Therefore we decided not to bring tillage machinery at all," explains Stokker Agritech's Sales Director Andis Akmenlauks.  "We hope approaching grass cutting season should raise interest to the machines exposed."  He was right.  At least Mulcher got a lot of interest.  Farmers praised machine's anti-corrosion protection, exchangeable wear plates and overall build quality.  Agritech's salesmen hardly noted all of demonstration inquiries.

 

Biggest tractor for smallest operators! Grass is going fast in spring.  As fast grows the interest of the farmers to Bednar rotary cutters.

 

Tractor celebrities

Did you know that there are celebrities among tractors?   This "Baltic farmer" called 2WD Belarus MTZ-82, manufactured over 30 years ago, is famous because it participated in march from Tallinn to Brussels collecting and carrying Baltic farmer petitions to European Commission protesting against inequality in EU support.  The tractor was supposed to drive all the way and demonstrate to Commissioners how underdeveloped farming in Eastern Europe is (don't tell anybody that in fact it was transported on a trailer from... to... and, please, forget those dozens of ultra modern machines pictured here:)).

 

Belarus MTZ-80 became celebrity after making the trip from Tallinn to Brussels to demonstrate to European Commissioners how poor Baltic farmers are.

 

 

Gytis Slavinskas
Area Manager Baltic States