When Matt Hoff purchased a used Fendt Model 926 tractor nearly seven years ago, he was primarily looking at the transport speed that Fendt offered, which would allow him to reduce travel time when hauling manureand silage. However, like many Fendt owners it only took one tractor to make a lasting impression. Since buying that first used model with nearly 3,600 hours on it, Matt and his wife, Debbie, who operate Coldsprings Farms in New Windsor, Maryland, have since acquired three new Fendt 900 series tractors. Even though his dealer — M. M. Weaver and Sons, Inc. basedin Leola, Pennsylvania — is nearly 2½ hours away. Matt says the serviceand dealer support have been exceptional. However, the reliability, fuele conomy and available reverse station option also keep him coming back.
Although the farm has nearly 2,400 acres of crops and forage, the main enterprise is a 1,100-cowdairy that keeps Hoff and 26 fulltime employees on the go virtually year around. Consequently, the Fendt tractors are either cutting hay, hauling manure or pulling silage wagons. According to Hoff, the history of the farm dates back to 1868 when hisancestors settled in the area … making him the fifth generation to managethe operation. Through out that time, dairy cows have been part of the program. It’s just that there are a lot more of them now.
“Dad expanded to about 260 head in 1966,” he explains. “Then, in 1976,we went to about 350 head. However, we built a new 350-cow barn in 1995and went to about 700 head.” Hoff notes that it wasn’t until after his father passed away in 2005 that he expanded to 1,100 head with about 980 producing at any one time. Ofcourse, more cows mean more waste and more feed.