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Trellan’s Massey Ferguson Display

“The Show Must Go On”.  That was the sentiment of Gareth and David Lloyd, as they faced the prospect of staging a vintage tractor open day, after what appears to be the wettest May and June experienced since records have been kept.  The Brothers who farm on neighbouring Trellan and Cilshafe farms both use exclusively Massey Ferguson tractors, and are keen supporters of the Marque and its history.

They had been approached by the South West Wales branch of the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club to stage an exhibition of their extensive collection of vintage and modern Massey Harries, Ferguson and Massey Ferguson tractors, combines and baler.  The bad weather had forced them to change the original plan of holding the event in a field overlooking the village as the ground was far too wet, so instead the yard of Trellan Farm was used, which proved to be a very successful alternative.

A large crowd of enthusiasts and supporters turned out to view the agricultural machinery, and enjoyed not only the vehicles but also the sunshine which graced us with its presence.  A Grey Ferguson tractor was there to help mark the 60th anniversary of this iconic machine, which is the forerunner of the modern tractors we see today with its then revolutionary hydraulic system.

On display were 14 of the family’s tractors, 2 combines, 2 balers and even a Massey Ferguson quad bike.  In addition there were 2 further tractors and a combine on display courtesy of Mr Malcolm Williams and Mr Eric Nicholas respectively.

To help things along, a wonderful tea was served in the marquee, which had been erected on the yard, with enough food on offer to feed the Massey Ferguson factory work force, let alone the appreciative visitors.  Raffle tickets were on sale, and a generous selection of prizes were on display and before the draw John Cole was asked to auction a scale model of a Ferguson Tractor and a hamper of fruit and vegetables with all proceeds going to the Air Ambulance.

On display were an impressive collection of model tractors, photographs and restoration records. Exhibited in a cattle box of its own was an amazing model farmyard made by the Lloyd family’s junior members, using their toy machinery and equipment, showing that the next generation of farmers are already in the making.

To round off the afternoon Gareth and David demonstrated a Massey Harris baler in action.  This machine produced in 1952 has its own on-board engine to drive the baler mechanism, as opposed to the later PTO driven machines, and still produces perfect bales.

Mrs Beryl Lloyd, Gareth and David would like to thank all who came to the display, their family, the team who worked hard preparing and serving the food and drink, to Eric, Malcolm, John, Julian and everyone who helped contribute to make this an afternoon to remember.