KELVIN Slade and his wife, Kumi started the WillowZen Egg Farm in 2014 and have been operating full-time for the last seven years.

Located close to the small country town of Willow Grove in the scenic Gippsland region, the open pasture free-range egg farm uses a regenerative mobile grazing system for the hens.

The farm covers 24 hectares, allowing the Slade family to share high-quality, ethical produce with local families in addition to farmers’ markets and smaller grocery stores across Victoria.

Every morning the eggs are collected from the mobile chicken trailers and are cleaned, graded into different sizes and stored safely in the cool room.

As part of the regenerative farming system, the hens are moved onto a new pasture every week.

To ensure they can move heavy machinery around WillowZen, the Slade need a tractor they can rely on.

Mr Slade purchased his first Kubota tractor, the M100GX, seven years ago when he was first starting out.

“The most important thing for me on the farm is reliability. When I use a tractor or any machinery, I want it to work and within the time I have set aside for the job,” Mr Slade said.

Recently upgrading from the Kubota M100GX series to the M7-152, Mr Slade said the higher horsepower, front end loader capacity, front three-point linkage and power take off (PTO) has allowed for greater efficiency on the farm.

“In order to operate the regenerative farming system, it is essential we move our chicken trailers to new pasture weekly,” he said.

Completing their Kubota machinery arsenal, the Slade’s also own an RTV-X1120.

The Slade’s use the RTV-X1120 to collect and transport eggs across the farm.

“Every day of the year, we have to get our eggs from the trailers and back to the cool room, without fail,” he said.

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