Hesston by Massey Ferguson unveiled its 100,000th windrower on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Hesston, Kan. Purchaser Ray Robinson of Moo Mountain Milk in Burley, Idaho, was on-site to watch and receive his windrower.
Hesston introduced the self-propelled windrower to the agricultural harvesting world more than 60 years ago. The Honorable David K. Kauffman, Mayor of Hesston, Kan., was in attendance and declared it “AGCO Hesston Windrower Day.”
“Manufacturing the 100,000th windrower is a significant achievement for AGCO,” said Robert Crain, AGCO senior vice president and general manager, North America & South America. “The first commercially available windrower was manufactured right here in Hesston, Kansas more than 60 years ago and they are still made here today. The dedication of all of our employees — past and present —have made the Hesston brand the leader in the industry.”
Attending the event was the purchaser of the historic 100,000th windrower — Ray Robinson, of Moo Mountain Milk in Burley, Idaho. Robinson owns six Hesston windrowers. He farms approximately 5,000 acres himself, and partners with other businesses to farm an additional 30,000 acres. Moo Mountain milks 20,000 cows and employs 350 people, including those at a milk plant he owns an interest in. Robinson, his son Justin and twin grandsons were flown to Hesston for the 100,000th windrower event and look forward to putting the new windrower into operation on the dairy farm as soon as it arrives in Idaho.
The 100,000th windrower is dramatically different from the first model of 1955, which launched the Hesston brand. Today’s WR9800 Series self-propelled windrowers are fuel-efficient and offer superior operator convenience.