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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’

Christmas Has Gone – 2017 Here I Come !

Hello again friends.  I hope this finds you well and enjoying a rest over the Christmas season. Christmas 2016 has come and gone.  I can hardly believe that it was only a few weeks ago the cards were being written and sent, presents being bought, decorations and the Christmas tree put up.

Nice To See You.

Nice To See You.

How time flies when you are enjoying yourself.  Here at Muddytrac Farm the team at Muddyfarm Models have had a busy lead up to Christmas.  Dirtied New Holland tractors as well as Herron and NC tankers proved to be very popular.

Dirtied New Holland Tractor.

Dirtied New Holland Tractor.

Dirtied Herron Ferry Tankers.

Dirtied Herron Ferry Tankers.

Dirtied NC Tankers.

Dirtied NC Tankers.


I do love Christmas and seeing Santa just adds to the occasion.

It's Santa !

It’s Santa !


Of course there is always lots of other things going on as well. I had a wee run down to Jordanstown  one day to Al’s ‘old campus’ just below Knockagh.  Incidentally I have to say that if you have never been I would highly recommend you take a visit to Knockagh Monument. Take some time out, maybe take a picnic and soak up the stillness and serenity of this superb vantage point overlooking Belfast Lough.  See County Down stretch out and fade away into the distant Mournes. Watch the boats  sail into and out of Belfast.  Far  below watch as the ‘tiny’ Larne train darts back and forth midst the bustle of east Antrim life.

Well I didn’t want to hang around at Knockagh too long that day in case I got cold feet. Instead I went on to somewhere a little warmer – the ‘old campus.’  It has changed somewhat over the years;  though the long central spine walkway remains an ever present right of passage for those who dare to pass that way. In the great hall there was an expectant buzz as people thronged for a great occasion.  Mitre boards and gowns of multi coloured  splendour  descended and then amongst the procession – I saw him !  Bedecked in black and gold was none other than, not Santa – the Chancellor ! After a very fine address the Chancellor conferred awards. This is the Chancellor below – you may recognise him.

The Chancellor.

The Chancellor –  James Nesbitt.


After my trip to Jordanstown and seeing one ‘great man’ there was another ‘great man’ to wait for – Santa Claus.  Excitement built as Christmas drew ever closer. I wrote a note to Santa  and put it in the post.  Some liquid refreshment and a mince pie were left for Santa. A wee carrot or two were left for Rudolph and friends. Then I went off to bed. I must admit I could hardly sleep. Somehow I got over but not before I thought I heard the sound of reindeer hoofs pawing on the roof. I took a look out – but saw absolutely nothing.  Morning came and I rushed to see what Santa had left under the Christmas Tree.

Well I could hardly believe my eyes – what a surprise. Santa had really pulled out all the stops with some CLAAS  and very Deere gifts. Take a look at these pictures to see what Santa brought me.

Deere Me - What A Deere !

Deere Me – What A Deere !

Absolutely CLAAS !

Absolutely CLAAS !


I had a great time over Christmas and I hope that you did too.  Christmas can be a very expensive time  however some of the best gifts we can give and receive are free. I’d like to share a gift with you right now which is absolutely free and which you can give to anyone, anytime of year.  Try this and see for yourself.

Smiling

Smiling is infectious, you can catch it like the flu,

When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.

I walked around the corner and someone saw me grin,

When he smiled I realised I had passed it on to him.

I thought about the smile and then realised its’ worth,

A single smile like mine could travel round the earth.

So if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected,

Start an epidemic quick and get the World infected.

( Author Unknown)


Well now that Christmas is over we have had several new arrivals here at Muddytrac Farm.  Some ‘new’ New Holland Tractors and a Kverneland seed drill have just arrived in and soon will be heading off to new owners. This is them pictured below:

Kverneland Seed Drill.

Kverneland Seed Drill.

http://www.muddyfarmmodels.com/product_details.php?selID=KV02&selDEPT=13&selFORMAT=Clean

New Holland T6 180 Tractor.

New Holland T6 180 Tractor.

http://www.muddyfarmmodels.com/product_details.php?selID=NHT6%2002&selDEPT=7&selFORMAT=Clean

New Holland T6 180 Tractor and Loader.

New Holland T6 180 Tractor and Loader.

http://www.muddyfarmmodels.com/product_details.php?selID=NHT6%2004&selDEPT=7&selFORMAT=Clean

New Holland T7 315 Tractor.

New Holland T7 315 Tractor.

http://www.muddyfarmmodels.com/product_details.php?selID=NH%20T7%20315%2002&selDEPT=7&selFORMAT=Clean


Well that’s about all for now. Thanks for looking in and do get in touch.  For now this is your friend  ‘Jake the Tractor’ wishing you a very Happy and Successful 2017.

 Best Wishes for 2017 !

Best Wishes for 2017 !

 

On The Road Aagin !

Hello again !  Here at Muddytrac Farm I’ve been very busy getting ready for the Christmas rush.  The ‘little people’ are putting in extra hours hardly stopping for a quick cuppa tea. Anyway, whilst there has been plenty of business at Muddytrac Farm I have been on tour across the water to Scotland and beyond.  It seems like only a blink of time since I caught the Stena HSS Belfast to Cairnryan boat. The ‘Stena Plus’ Lounge was great.  Nice comfy big seats,  fine tray bakes and splendid coffee. The Staff were really friendly and made me feel at home – albeit a home on water !  Sitting there, cruising along and reading the FT ( Financial Times ) – it was great.  After disembarkation I headed down the road where I stopped to get a quick picture of the boat.

Waving To The Boat

Waving To The Boat


After travelling for some time I decided to stop off for a quick cuppa tea at Gretna. You may recognise this very famous location. Fear not – I did not run off with a lady tractor to tie the knot ! Feeling a little nostalgic I put up one of my advertising boards to remind you all of the ‘Our Time Our Place’ campaign to boost Northern Ireland tourism in 2012 – I think it worked.

Stop Off At Gretna.


Stop Off At Gretna – Just For Tea !


I ‘forged’ on until I arrived at my final destination – The Rheged Centre at Penrith.

Cleverly Concealed - The Rheged Centre

Cleverly Concealed – The Rheged Centre


So what was I doing at The Rheged Centre ? Well – at the invitation of Peter and Sharon at  www.132farmingmodels.co.uk  I was attending  the Lakeland Model Farm and Construction Show with the Muddyfarm Models Stand.

Doing my bit for The Lakeland Show.

Doing my bit for The Lakeland Show.

I had a fab time and somehow even managed to get a quick film of my visit. You can see my film on the Muddyfarm Models Facebook page. Here are some images of the Muddyfarm Models stand at Lakeland Model  Farm and Construction Show.

Muddyfarm Models Stand

Muddyfarm Models

Muddyfarm Models

Muddyfarm Models


I had a great time at the Show. Lots of tractors and loads of model tractor enthusiasts. Peter and Sharon  organised a raffle, tombola and auction. These raised £930 for the charity CLIC SARGENT ….. well done ! Here are some more pictures from the Show.

Driving Along At The Show

Driving Along At The Show

Hard Work At the Yard

Hard Work At the Yard

Campaigning

Campaigning

Amazing - Classic Combines

Amazing – Classic Combines

Soaking Up The Atmosphere

Soaking Up The Atmosphere

 Superb Detail

Superb Detail


I really enjoyed myself at The Lakeland Show. However, I also felt a wee bit sad as I left some of my muddy friends behind. Three of the latest New Holland T7 315 tractors all nice and dirty went to new owners.

Dirtied New Holland T7 315

Dirtied New Holland T7 315

A tidy Valtra T series tractor and Triathlon Spreader loaded with manure

Tidy Valtra T Series Tractorr

Tidy Valtra T Series Tractor

and  a real red rocket Massey Ferguson 3080  also went to new owners.

Massey Ferguson 3080

Red Rocket Massey Ferguson 3080

All good machines and I’m sure they will be very happy on their new farms.


All to soon the Show was over. It was time to make the long journey home back to Muddytrac Farm in County Antrim.  I travelled back with happy memories of a great Show, lots of nice people  and with a sense of anticipation as soon it would be time for my ‘home show’ at Portrush. The Northern Ireland Farm Toy and Model Show is taking place at Magherabuoy House Hotel, Portrush on Friday 25th November. You can be sure I’ll be spreading the word.  Until my next post this is Jake the Tractor  ‘on the road again’ and keeping er lit !

On The Road Again

On The Road Again

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.

Jake the Tractor Tells His Story