The Erskine Story: Scaling Up their Dairy Farm's Production

Having recently purchased a brand new Merlo Turbofarmer telehandler, the fifth generation of the Erskine family is gradually taking control of the dairy farm.  Acquired in 1994 by brothers Jason and John Erskine, the 800-acre property has since been transformed and adapted to double its annual production. Today, with 380 animals – 200 of which are in dairy production – it is Jason’s son Noel who is taking over the company and thanks to their Merlo Turbofarmer, their production has scaled up substantially in recent years.

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An Opportunity Previously Unknown

The brand new Merlo Turbofarmer 50.8 TCS purchased by the Erskine family has proven to be very beneficial for the company’s growth and entrepreneurial progress. This is their second Turbofarmer, as they now wanted an even more powerful model to meet new needs and optimize their efficiency.

“Whether for visibility, oversized wheels, power, or versatility, the Merlo can do what no other product has done before and efficiently contributes to ALL daily tasks at the farm and even more.”

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The Telescopic Tractor: Versatility and Comfort

From a Skidsteer to a farm tractor and a Payloader, Jason had the same concerns: lack of versatility, lack of brute strength and difficulty maneuvering.

After meeting David, a Manulift representative, they decided on a Merlo Turbofarmer telehandler. Jason says at the outset that David really understood their needs and came up with a product that could meet all of them. The machine had to be efficient, lift heavy load, have good fuel economy, but above all, be reliable.

“David was very optimistic at first, and I thought it was too good to be true. He was right, though; our Merlo does everything we need and meets all our expectations and more! It looks like the machine was custom built for the work on a farm.”

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Merlo Turbofarmer : Unmatched Versatility and Efficiency

Their new tool has been used for day-to-day tasks, construction projects and the rehabilitation of certain facilities. This double-added value allows the team to save time and money in all their actions. This is a significant impact in a field where working hours are staggering.

“With Merlo, we save more than 300 hours of work per year, just for preparing the mixture and feeding the animals.”

Its high versatility also allows it to perform demanding and sometimes dangerous manual tasks, thus ensuring the full safety of the team.

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Manulift, a Partner Who Shares Their Vision and Values

With a fifth generation preparing to take over the organization’s reins on their own, Noel is proud to have equipment that matches his vision and values.

“I am a modern entrepreneur and want to do things more responsibly. Our Merlo helps me progress in the right direction. This telehandler consumes much less fuel than other machines on the market. Therefore, its environmental impact is much more limited than its competitors.”

Assisted by his father and uncle, Noel perfectly embodies this new generation of farmers, who particularly value the support they can get. This is what most reassures the Erskine family about their professional relationship with Manulift:

“Manulift is a partner that ensures the durability of operations through its after-sales service offer. You never feel abandoned with them.”

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So, what would you do with an extra hour every day? 

With Merlo, not only will you save more on operating costs, it will also make you save hours on ALL your other farm machinery. Feeding, mixing, cleaning, bedding, AG bag, bunker work and more! Bring it on, the Merlo can do it all… and faster! Just fill out the contact form bellow and you’ll get a call from an expert. Yes, it’s that simple!

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