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They are reliable, economical, value-retaining, and fit perfectly into the philosophy of our company.

Family Endraß, organic farm Makarerhof in Germany - 300 Vario, Tigo MR 50 Profi

They are reliable, economical, value-retaining, and fit perfectly into the philosophy of our company.

The wagon's fully loaded

A picture book farm – cows, chickens, Fendt machines, and the Alps in the background. The Endraß family manages Makarerhof farm on the northern slope of the Auerberg in Germany's Allgäu, about 15 km from the Fendt plant in Marktoberdorf.

Makarerhof has been an organic farm since 2007, with 55 dairy cows and 50 calves. To feed the animals, 63 ha of farmland is kept as permanent pasture, of which 50% is leased. All the work can be managed by the family members without outside help. Markus Endraß and his wife Sabine mainly work on the farm, but their three sons also muck in. The eldest son Simon is currently training as a farmer, but he comes home to help at peak work times. A total of two workers work in the yard, using Fendt technology as they go. In 2018, they invested in a Fendt 313 Vario and a Fendt Tigo MR 50 Profi also joined the farm in April 2019.

The conditions in the foothills of the Alps are perfect for grassland and grazing, where the Fendt Tigo is completely at home. One challenge, however, is the weather. Conditions can change quickly in the Alps and harvest time windows must be cleverly managed. “We have snow in May,” says organic farmer Markus Endraß. We have 1,200 mm of rainfall a year and the average annual temperature is a cool 7.5°C. “We had some concerns about full loads in wet conditions,” says Markus Endraß. Simon wanted to try it anyway and his hunch paid off. “Both machines have wide tyres, the 313 has 650 tyres and the Tigo has 710. So they don't leave tracks in the grass and the central gauge wheel behind the pick-up stops dirt getting into the feed,” explains the young farmer.

The Alpine expert

With its swivel bulkhead specially developed for the Tigo, and its low centre of gravity, the Fendt Tigo MR Profi is an Alpine expert in its own right. Level surfaces are few and far between on this farm, with some even located on the steep slopes. But that doesn't stop the Fendt 313 Vario / Fendt Tigo team. “The Tigo has the same dimensions as our old loader wagon, with a much higher DIN-rated loading capacity of 5m³, doubling to 10m³ after compaction”, estimates Simon Endraß. “Because we can variably adjust the pressure of the bulkhead, we can respond flexibly to the changing feed structure. All from the comfort of the tractor seat.” With the first cut, the feed has plenty of structure; with the last cut significantly less. “And of course we don't want to destroy the structure of the follow-on growth,” says Markus Endraß.

“I'd been looking to phase out high-performance production for a long time, and when the market for organic products surged, we took the step,” says Markus Endraß. The organic milk market has always been steady with slight growth, which gives the farm security for the future. “We never looked back after the changeover. In the first year I had my doubts because the milk yield and production fell, but the bottom line is that things are going really well,” he says proudly. “We are running a low-input farm with the lowest possible operating costs but it's still efficient,” says Markus Endraß, explaining the system. As such, they rely on efficient technology throughout the farm to incorporate economic and ecological factors. “We keep our feed costs as low as possible. It works well, with an emphasis on grazing in combination with barn feeding and efficient use of concentrate. And with the Fendt machines we can produce the highest quality basic feed. They are reliable, economical, value-retaining, and fit perfectly into the philosophy of our company.”

“The Fendt 313 Vario is very compact, clear and agile and has just the right amount of power we need,” says Markus Endraß.
Simon enthusiastically drives his loader wagons until the bulkhead moves forward – that's when he knows the Tigo is fully loaded.

Fully loaded

Pre-compression during loading is one clear benefit to the variable bulkhead of the Fendt Tigo. It also reliably stops the food from becoming mush. Another strength is the way it fully empties during the unloading process. “On the Tigo, you no longer have to remove food residues above the loading unit by hand,” says Simon Endraß. The swivelling bulkhead together with the fast-running scraper floor of the Fendt Tigo significantly reduces silage unloading time. The gap between the rotor tines is particularly narrow on the Fendt Tigo. “This is an advantage during the cutting process, because the stalks are better placed against the knife so they can be cut shorter,” says the young farmer. The Fendt Tigo is also fantastic as a forage harvester transport wagon, because it can take on considerably higher volumes than conventional loaders. The wagon is filled more evenly thanks to the variable bulkhead, making sure the weight is perfectly distributed between the tractor and loader wagon. “And the forage harvester driver has a greater area to fill the material into,” explains Simon Endraß.

This farm is a family affair. After his training, Simon wants to become more involved. “We want a smooth handover of the farm,” says Markus Endraß. But expanding
production is out of the question for the family. “Our fields are almost completely
rounded, so we can perfectly combine ecology and economy. We have a conservative finance model, so we are free to make our decisions.” The work on the farm is down to 18-year-old Simon, but he also likes to build. “I might want to continue my studies as an agricultural machine mechanic, but I'm not sure yet.” He has always been passionate about technology, as shown by the countless mini agricultural machine models he has built. Markus’ grandfather introduced the first Dieselross tractor to the farm. But, quite unlike his successors, he still preferred the horse over the tractor.