Brand is Deere to Gould’s heart

Zach RelphCountryman
Nabawa sheep-grain farmer Marshall Gould with his 1962 model John Deere 5010 tractor.
Camera IconNabawa sheep-grain farmer Marshall Gould with his 1962 model John Deere 5010 tractor. Credit: Zach Relph

Mid West farmer Marshall Gould is a self-confessed John Deere tragic.

The grain and sheep producer boasts 19 vintage tractors at his Nabawa farm, 11 of which are draped in the John Deere green and yellow.

At last week’s two-day Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days Mr Gould displayed six of his prized tractors, including the 1962 model John Deere 5010.

“It’s quite rare because there was only about 4700 built,” he said.

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“I purchased it in Toowoomba four years ago at a vintage tractor clearing sale — the rarity drew me in.

“Our first tractor at home was a 1947 model, John Deere Model D style, so I’ve always had a bit of a passion for them.”

Mr Gould was among vintage tractor and machinery group Tracmach members to exhibit tractors at this year’s 55th annual Dowerin event.

Fifteen John Deeres were on display as part of a small showing to celebrate the agricultural brand.

Trachmach founder and life member Bob Lumineers, of Australind, said it was pleasing that many Dowerin visitors were interested in the vintage tractor display.

The John Deere 5010 was the company’s first two-wheel-drive tractor to exceed 100 horsepower at the power take-off and drawbar. It was never available as a row-crop model.

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