Just JCB

It’s hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of January.  I have decided that perhaps a little bit of yellow would brighten things up.  Therefore for this blog I am featuring just JCB. Lots of pictures showing some of what the ‘the team’ here at Muddyfarm Models get up top. So without further ado here is a collection of both clean and ‘dirtied’ JCB models.  Please note that these are all toys which can be ordered off our website www.muddyfarmmodels.com. If they aren’t showing on the website and something interests you, just drop us a line to info@nationalminitrac.com We can also bring specific models to Shows for collection by arrangement hence saving you money on postage.

JCB Fastrac

JCB Fastrac

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Brand new JCBs


Of course our focus is on dirtying models so here’s a little taster.

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What you see here is not exhaustive – we do more JCBs as well including  JCB 3CX machines.  Thanks for looking in – hope you have enjoyed this JCB feature. Best Regards. Jake the Tractor.

 Jake the Tractor

Jake the Tractor

Like The Look of These ?

I wonder if you like the look of these ?  As we step out into 2017 I thought I would show you some of what we get up to here at Muddytrac Farm – ‘probably the World’s only muddy tractor factory.’ On the north coast of Ireland, where tales of the wee folk linger on, it’s best to keep your eyes peeled, as you never know just what you might see. For this is a landscape steeped in myth and magic – where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and where a simple country lane can often reveal something much more exciting…

A Simple Country Lane.


Indeed, if you were to wander down a certain secluded road, you might think nothing of any importance ever happened along it. Concealed along the way however, is a mysterious entranceway where two pillars guard a stony lane flanked by grassy tree-topped embankments. Through the trees, which whisper you onwards into this secret place, a couple of rusty farm buildings come into view – abandoned surely, as there’s no-one to be seen.

Rusty Old Sheds.

Rusty Old Sheds.


As the lane slopes down and twists and turns, the sharp-eyed walker will spot a yard to the right, with a track leading to a large rusty shed, while to the left is a smaller shed with low white walls. This is Muddytrac Farm.

Muddytrac Farm.


Manned by a busy team of little people, Muddytrac Farm is like a Santa’s grotto for tractors and machinery, which are delivered squeaky-clean by lorry every week, but leave nicely muddied. Thought to be the world’s only dedicated muddy tractor production facility, this is the north coast’s best-kept secret, for it’s here that the little people work their magic.  I wonder if you like the look of these ?

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Bobcats are taken for a test drive by some of the 'little people'

Conor Tanker

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No-one knows quite who these wee folk are, although it’s whispered they could well be descendants of those wily leprechauns who tricked old Darby O’Gill many moons ago. Here, on the Causeway Coast and Glens however, they work hard transforming any type of tractor that’s delivered down the lane.

Once out of the drying shed, the next part of their journey then begins, as the tractors are shipped across the world – to Europe and beyond – as well as throughout Ireland and the UK.

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Some people might stumble upon Muddytrac Farm and think that it’s just a disused yard, but for those of us with a sharp eye, well – we know better… That’s a quick snapshot of what the ‘little people’ here at Muddytrac Farm do. Of course I am also a product of Muddytrac Farm although I didn’t get sold off to anyone. Over some time I have enjoyed being ‘the face’ of Muddyfarm Models and spreading the word about Muddytrac Farm and  the Muddyfarm Models range. Did you like the look of these ? If so take a look on  www.muddyfarmmodels.com to see more of the current range of muddy, dirtied and weathered models available. All prices on the website whether for dirtied or clean models include free UK postage.  Chat soon – your friend  ‘Jake The Tractor’

Hunting For Tankers

Why is it that sometimes in life you go looking for something ?  You look here and there, high and low. However no matter where you look the thing you are looking for just won’t turn up.  Let me tell you what happened  recently.  It was a pleasant Autumn morning.

A New Day Dawns

A New Day Dawns

I started the day just like any other day – slowly.  As I eased  gently into the day  the morning sun crawled up over the hills; a golden orange glow greeting a clear blue sky.   The ‘little people’ were already up and going about their work.

Some of the 'little people'

Some of the ‘little people’


There was lots of activity. Some of the ‘little people’ were taking some Bobcat Skidsteers for a skid or two.

Bobcats are taken for a test drive by some of the 'little people'

Bobcats are taken for a test drive by some of the ‘little people’


Meanwhile  a  tractor towing a load of tiny potatoes drove through the yard.

Big load of tiny potatoes.

Big load of tiny potatoes.


It was then that I noticed a scent. It was a  strong distinct smell; there was something very  familiar about it. For a moment or two I wondered what the smell was. Well as surely as the sun climbed slowly in the morning sky it slowly dawned upon me what this smell was – slurry ! Yes slurry;  I knew that smell very well.  I decided to go and see some slurry tankers hard at work spreading slurry.  First I topped up my tank for the day and took a run round the yard at Muddytrac Farm. Then I waited at the top of the lane as our lorry brought a new load of tractors into Muddytrac Farm.

Tractors arrive at Muddytrac Farm.

Tractors arrive at Muddytrac Farm.



Off I went, I knew exactly what I was looking for; slurry tankers – just like the one in this picture.


Well what an adventure. I looked all around the area. I drove up more roads and lanes than I care to remember. There were no tankers at Portrush, Ballymoney or Bushmills. There were none at Ballybogey, Ballycastle or Cushendall. It was all too much – not a slurry tanker to be seen ! Then I saw a wee Same tractor staring into a field.  ‘Have you seen any slurry tankers I asked him’  But he just replied ‘Take it easy lad’ and continued staring into the field.  You know sometimes I worry about that tractor. Last time I went along that road he was doing the same thing – just standing there staring at the grass.

Same looks into a field.

Same looks into a field.


I decided to keep going. I went past  some local farmers working at the potatoes. There were no slurry tankers here so I kept driving along.

Harvesting Potatoes

Harvesting Potatoes.


By the time I had went past the Giants Causeway and the Dark Hedges I thought I would take a quick run around Torr Head. But all I found was the great scenery, birds flying high and sheep bleating at me from nearby fields.  It was all too much. My quest for slurry tankers had failed miserably – so much for following my nose ! I cruised along the Causeway Coastal Route and decided to drop in with a friend who lives near The Whiterocks.  There I could unwind and relax over a nice mug of tea.

View from Torr Head to Rathlin Island

View from Torr Head to Rathlin Island


At least it was a lovely sunny day. Before long I arrived at my friend’s lovely little thatched cottage near The Whiterocks.

 

My Friend at The Old Thatched Cottage

My Friend at The Old Thatched Cottage

Enjoying Some Slow Down Time.

Enjoying Some Slow Down Time.


Well I must say I really enjoyed my mug of tea. Down below we could see the golfers making their way round Calamity Corner at Royal Portrush Golf Club.  Soon I was finished up and went back outside where to my astonishment I saw all these dirty slurry tankers !  Wow – I could hardly believe my eyes. I had looked round half the country to find slurry tankers and here were a whole lot of them parked up and enjoying the sunshine close to The Old Thatched cottage !

Tankers Galore !

Slurry Tankers Galore !


After all my frantic chasing around without finding a single slurry tanker here were a whole lot of slurry tankers – amazing.

NC Tankers

NC Slurry Tankers

Abbey Tankers

Abbey Slurry Tankers

Conor Tanker

Conor Slurry Tanker

Herron Ferry Tankers

Herron Slurry Tankers


I guess it goes to show that sometimes in life it is very easy to flap around with all systems go. However if we sometimes slow down, take our time, enjoy a cup of tea and think about things a bit the answer may just come to us.  Much the same as happened me in my hunt for slurry tankers. If you would like to see more of the slurry tankers which the ‘little people’ at Muddytrac Farm produce then take a look at the link below. Thanks for stopping by and remember – to stay safe and take it easy out there – wherever you are. ‘Jake the Tractor’

http://www.muddyfarmmodels.com/dept_list.php?selDEPT=8&selFORMAT=Dirtied&selCAT=Tankers

Silage Trailers at Muddytrac Farm

Summer Activity.

Hi there – how are you.   My wheels haven’t stopped turning this Summer and I have spent so much time in the fields as well as in towns that I just have to share what has been happening.  As you probably know farmers are really busy at this time of year cutting grass and gathering it into their farms to feed their animals. There really is nothing to beat the smell of freshly mown grass  and my friends pictured here definitely agree.  I also love talking to the cows – they are great listeners !

We Love Grass

We Love Grass


Local farmers have been busy working in their fields  mowing, harvesting and hauling lots and lots of silage for their animals to eat over the Winter. Tractors, mowers and rakes have been  busy cutting and raking  silage. They’re so busy they hardly have time to stop for a cup of tea – tough going !

Raking Grass

Raking Grass


Then big harvesters produced by companies like CLAAS, Krone, New Holland and John Deere have  swept up and down fields picking up the silage and sending it into  Kane Silage Trailers being towed alongside. It is exhausting just watching it all.

Gathering Grass - Yeeehaaaa !

Gathering Grass – Yeeehaaaa !


The loaded trailers have then been towed by Massey Ferguson, New Holland, John Deere, Fendt, Claas, Case, Deutz and other tractors. At silage clamps the silage has been tipped out – heavy work !  I’m sure the cows love to see all the grass arriving and can’t wait to tuck into it.

Tipping Silage At The Farm

Tipping Silage At The Farm

Then the silage has been lifted, shoved and rolled into silage clamps. I love watching all the silage action. There is so much activity and lots of different machinery.

Rolling The Silage

Rolling The Silage


Arrivals at Muddytrac Farm.

At Muddytrac Farm I have watched as our team of ‘little people’  worked very hard to make brand new shiny toy trailers more like real silage trailers.  First of all new trailers arrived here at Muddytrac farm on our transporter. When they were unloaded the Kane Silage Trailers were all cleaned down.  Extra paint was applied here and there.

That’s More Like it !

Afterwards, one by one  the trailers were driven into the Muddy Tractor Factory where the little people dirtied them.

Silage Trailers

Silage Trailers

Then the trailers were left to rest in the big drying shed. The next day some of the silage trailers were filled up with loads of ‘silage’ just like real trailers. Some trailers were left empty except for some silage sprinkled around the corners.

Loaded Silage Trailer

Loaded Silage Trailer

Empty Silage Trailer

Empty Silage Trailer

Silage trailers are always a big favourite at this time of year and it has been really enjoyable watching  them being produced here at Muddytrac Farm.  There’s always something happening at Muddytrac Farm so look in again soon and I will let you know what has been happening.