Massey Fergusons tackle tea tree production

Massey Fergusons power up NATTo tea tree plantation

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POWERED UP: The Massey Ferguson MF7614 ESD4 and MF7718 ESD6 in action at the NATTo tea tree plantation.

POWERED UP: The Massey Ferguson MF7614 ESD4 and MF7718 ESD6 in action at the NATTo tea tree plantation.

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Naturally Australian Tea Tree Oil has taken delivery of two new Massey Ferguson tractors for work in the Northern NSW plantation.

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NATURALLY Australian Tea Tree Oil (NATTo) has taken delivery of two new Massey Ferguson tractors from KC Equipment – the 104kW (140hp) MF7614 ESD4, and 175hp MF7718 ESD6.

The duo are now working alongside each other at the NATTo tea tree plantation, nestled within the lush Bungawalbin National Park, south west of Lismore in Northern NSW.

NATTo has been cultivating Melaleuca Alternifolia (commonly known as tea tree) in the region since 1993. The company produces pure tea tree oil, free from additives, synthetics or other chemicals.

The NATTo tea tree plantation covers some 672 hectares with the Bungawalbin National Park in Northern NSW.

The NATTo tea tree plantation covers some 672 hectares with the Bungawalbin National Park in Northern NSW.

The plantation site hosts the entire production process including a purpose-built distillation plant centrally located on the 672 hectare site, which runs parallel to Bungawalbin Creek.

A commitment by NATTo to sustainable practice ensures nothing valuable is wasted. Water from the distillation process is reused, and the plant matter is dried and used as a premium-grade mulch.

KC Equipment representative Paul Pattison said both the MF7718 ESD6 and MF7614 ESD4 were reliable, straightforward and fuel efficient tractors.

NATTo has been cultivating tea tree in Northern NSW since 1993.

NATTo has been cultivating tea tree in Northern NSW since 1993.

“The dependable Dyna transmissions make them a great match for the unique demands of the plantation,” Mr Pattison said.

“Tea tree oil production is a proud cornerstone of the Northern Rivers region and I believe both these tractors will serve NATTo's needs for a long time to come."

The story Massey Fergusons tackle tea tree production first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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