Water

Service is award-winning

By Country News

A family-owned irrigation and machinery dealership in Finley has been recognised for sales and service of irrigation machinery.

Eagle I Machinery, owned by Peter Brunt and his father Ian Brunt, has recently won a gold award for sales and service of the T-L centre pivot irrigation system from United States-based company T-L Irrigation.

Peter and Ian Brunt are cropping farmers by trade and have more than 30 years’ experience between them with T-L Hydraulic machines.

‘‘We’ve had over 100000 hours’ operating experience with the machine, so we knew it inside out,’’ Peter said.

Eagle I Machinery was established five years ago and was approached by T-L Irrigation about two years ago to be a distributor of the irrigator.

‘‘When T-L asked us to become a dealer, we were honoured,’’ Peter said.

Four months after Eagle I Machinery ordered its first T-L centre pivot in mid-2014, the company received a bronze award for sales before receiving the gold award most recently.

T-L Irrigation’s international sales vice-president Randy George is currently in Australia and visited the team at Eagle I Machinery to present the business with the award.

‘‘Peter’s father bought the first T-L centre pivot irrigation system in 1985; he flew to Nebraska to purchase it personally,’’ Mr George said.

‘‘We’ve had a good relationship with them over the years.’’

Along with Peter’s’’ assistance, the success of Eagle I Machinery has helped Mr George to establish relationships with other dealerships during his visit.

He said there were about 3000 T-L centre pivot machines in Australia.

‘‘This is just the beginning of conversion sales — it’s still in the early stages.’’

Mr George said northern Victoria had ‘‘huge potential’’ in terms of conversion to sprinkler irrigation.

‘‘You go from here (Finley) all the way to northern Queensland — there’s millions of hectares (of flood-irrigated land).’’

‘‘’’Mr George said farmers could save 40 to 50 per cent by changing to centre pivot mechanical move irrigation.

‘‘Australians are probably the best flood irrigators in the world but there’s still those savings in water by converting to sprinkler,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s the driest continent in the world but there is still flood irrigation — it doesn’t make much sense.’’

Peter Brunt said the team at Eagle I Machinery really enjoyed helping with the design and installation of irrigation systems.

■Eagle I Machinery services from Albury to Mildura, and Seymour to Griffith.