John Deere revving up for 50th birthday celebrations
John Deere celebrates its 50th anniversary in Ireland and the UK in 2016, and the party started with a special display at Lamma.
The company started trading from Langar, Nottinghamshire in January 1966, and the original premises are still in use today as John Deere's visitor centre and national parts distribution centre.
One of the tractors sold by John Deere dealers 50 years ago, and on which the company started to build its reputation, was the well-known 4020 Diesel.
This 91hp, six-cylinder tractor was the first to appear on the market with a powershift transmission and became arguably the most popular tractor of its era. The rest of the John Deere Limited product line in 1966 included the 710, 5010 and 5020 tractors, ploughs, cultivators, disc harrows and the 530 and 630 combines.
At the show Langar's own specially restored 4020 was paraded alongside its modern day descendant, the new flagship 620hp four-track 9620RX, to highlight just one aspect of the tremendous advances that have been made in farming technology over the last 50 years.
The tractors helped promote a very special event that will take place at Langar in September 2016 where John Deere customers and fans are being invited to get involved in the 50th anniversary celebrations with a heritage field event over the weekend of 24th and 25th September 2016 at Langar, next to the company's headquarters.
The event aims to gather together examples of John Deere products sold through the company's Irish and UK dealers during the period 1966 to 2016.
There will be demonstration and working plots for those who would like to bring implements (preferably made by John Deere) and use them.