The tractor fleet at Woodsford Farms, near Dorchester in Dorset has, until recently, developed along the same lines as most large, progressive arable units by using higher powered machines to pull wider implements to increase workrates. Woodsford Farms’ total farmed area is 1876ha, of which 1507ha is cropped, and is made up of five blocks of land, 1017ha owned, with a further 490ha contract farmed. The whole farming operation is run under a management agreement between Velcourt and Woodsford Farm Partners. This means while the farm owns some equipment, including the combines, loaders and sprayer, it can also take advantage of Velcourt’s contract hire arrangement with Case IH. Indeed, the farm has taken this route for a number of years, contract hiring eight Case IH Magnums in succession, the most recent being a 340 model. These were delivering the power and traction required for high outputs with the farm’s large cultivation equipment and 6m Väderstad Rapid drill.