A dollar saved isn’t always a dollar earned, especially if it’s costing Aussie jobs.

The Land| November 23, 2018| Tom Sebo

‘Burder CEO Adam Fendyk’

As fifty seven per cent of Queensland and the entirety of NSW struggle through one of the worst droughts in recent memory, it’s important for all of us to make sure every cent that can support local economies does, says Burder Ag Attachments CEO Adam Fendyk (pictured).

The Wangaratta based business man knows all too well the effects drought can have on everybody’s bottom lines. As one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of custom built front end loaders and forklifts, his company’s fortunes are inextricably tied to that of the farmers he serves. When times are good, he has a good year. When it’s tight, things are tough all over.

That’s why, he says, locals should do all they can to help support their local farmers markets and buy within the region where possible. Similarly, primary producers need to ensure that when they spend money on machinery they aren’t needlessly sending it offshore.

According to the 2016 Census, more than 683,000 Australians are employed by the manufacturing industry, however we lost close to 220,000 jobs to foreign markets over the five years prior. Burder Ag Attachments is the third largest employer in Wangaratta and has facilities in both Port Kennedy and Towoomba.

Like many local manufacturers these days, Burder has begun to diversify some of their product range with imports however 90 per cent of their products, which accounts for 70 per cent of their annual sales, are made onsite in Wangaratta.

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Burder at Elmore Field Day 2018

Burder Boost

Wangaratta Chronicle | 26th March, 2018 | Freyja Postlethwaite

BETTER CAPACITY: Burder Industries chief executive officer Adam Fendyk, pictured in front of the company’s plasma cutter, was excited to receive more than $1.5 million in federal funding, announced by Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie last week.

WANGARATTA-based Burder Industries will be better placed to compete with foreign manufacturers of agricultural machinery, thanks to a joint $3 million investment.

Victorian Senator and deputy Nationals leader, Bridget McKenzie, visited Burder Industries’ Kerr Street factory last Friday to announce more than $1.5 million in funding through the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

The Federal Government cash is in addition to $1.5 million contributed by the company to boost its manufacturing capabilities and generate new jobs.

A laser cutter will be purchased with the investment to allow the manufacturing company to cut steal more accurately and with finer detail.

At least 12 full time positions will come from the funding, both in the production line and in the office, adding to the company’s current 62 employees.

Chief executive officer Adam Fendyk said the funding would allow Burder Industries to compete with imported goods and allow them to create more products in a shorter time frame.

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Burder at Henty Field Day – 2017

Sunbird takes flight in Australia

The Weekly Times | 19th July, 2017 | Justin Law

Sunbird - Rabe

GERMAN tillage brand Rabe is expanding its reach in Australia with new distributor Burder Ag ­Attachments on the hunt for dealers in other states to stock the machines.

The Wangaratta ag machinery ­operation picked up the brand late last year and has imported its range of disc and tine harrows, subsoilers and ploughs.

Burder held a dealer day at Skipton last week to demonstrate a 6m Sunbird compact disc harrow working a paddock on Banogil Station.

The machine worked in heavy clay and black soil behind a Fendt 936 with reports it performed similarly to an offset disc harrow.

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New mixer a solid investment: ‘Cows just wolfed up the feed’

The Weekly Times | 15th June, 2016 | Justin Law

Sitrex News

Contented cows: Holsteins love the feed produced by his new Sitrex and milk solids are up, says dairy farmer Tristan Mulhern.

GETTING consistency in feed ration for his dairy herd was the driver behind Tristan Mulhern making a significant investment in a Sitrex Virage 200 self-propelled feed mixer.

It’s believed to be the only machine of its kind in Australia and was the final part of a plan to greatly reduce feed wastage and improve his milk solid yield from 500 Holstein cattle on his Inman Valley, South Australia, dairy.

The first step six years ago was to reduce feed costs by incorporating potatoes and citrus that he mixed in a trailed wagon and fed out under the fence line in the paddock.

The saving he achieved paid for the wagon in two years and then the cost of installing a concrete feed pad three years ago was recouped in 18 months through reduced wastage.

“We used to get 30 per cent wastage feeding under the fence line, but now it’s about 4-5 per cent because cattle aren’t trampling it in,” Mr Mulhern said.

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Innovation helps consistency

Stock Journal | 19th May, 2016 | QUINTON MCCALLUM

Sitrex News

FORWARD THINKING: Tristan Mulhern recently invested in a cutting edge self-propelled feed mixer as a long-term cost-saving measure for the Hilltop View dairy at Inman Valley.

THE recent purchase of a self-propelled feed mixer has continued a history of innovation and smart management at Hilltop View dairy, Inman Valley.

Three years after investing in a concrete feedpad – reducing feed wastage by 20 per cent to 30pc – dairyfarmer Tristan Mulhern recently bought a Sitrex Virage 200 from Italy to replace the property’s Jaylor mixing wagon.

Mr Mulhern said the feeding time of their 500 Holsteins had been cut in half and they had used less diesel because the Sitrex mixer didn’t require two tractors during the feeding process, unlike the Jaylor.

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