Once again I have received some more photos of global custom cutter Cameron Mckays harvest in New Zealand, using their beloved Masseys.
The harvest got off to an unseasonably wet start in December and the team lost a couple of weeks cutting, but every cloud has a silver lining and this loss of time enabled them to carry out repairs and vital work for their new addition to their small fleet.
It was thought this new combine wouldn't be ready for this harvest as they had just bought it and hadn't time to carry out repairs!.
The combine in question is another 760 1977 model in mint condition, that needed the customary work over as it hadn't cut for two or 3 years.
Cameron himself has done some vital repairs on his own combine this season, he has replaced the sieves with a mint second-hand set sent from England, also he has replaced the rear beater bearing for the forthcoming harvest.
Cameron and his business partner and fellow combine owner Andy McEwan bought the new combine from a fellow Massey owner who had ran the 760 for over 30 years.
Crops cut this year were wheat barley and some clover, the wheat averaged about 7ton per hectare and barley 5/7 ton per hectare but clover was very poor, average moisture was 11/14 % despite a two year drought period, and wet start.
All crops harvested were dry land cropping so these results were ok and about average for this area.
The following photos courtesy of Cameron McKay who at this time will be heading back for his harvest season here in the UK.
Coming up we visit another farming enterprise on South Island that uses vintage Massey Combines!