With this wealth of knowledge behind him, Grant decided to make some changes and embrace an ‘electric’ approach to farming by replacing his fleet of traditional farm bikes with Ubco 2×2’s. For him, the bikes were part of a plan to improve sustainability both on his farm, and the wider dairy industry.
“Every innovative solution we implement on our farms, which can reduce our environmental footprint and improve sustainability gives us, and our dairy industry a competitive edge, and helps us work towards a greener future – and the Ubco bike is part of that”
Having always been passionate about sustainability and health and safety, replacing his fleet of farm bikes with a more sustainable option was something he had considered for a while.
“We were running a fleet of quads and conventional 2-wheel farm bikes, but had been looking at phasing out the quads for a while due to their cost and perceived H&S issue. Plus, there was the hassle of having fuel and oil stored on the farm and the issues associated with that. I initially heard about Ubco at Fieldays 2015, although I originally dismissed them as an option as I simply felt that the savings in fuel cost over a conventional 2 wheeler wasn’t worth switching. However, the seed was planted, and after going for a test ride, looking at the lifetime costs of the Ubco versus the current fleet we had and doing the math it was a no brainer.”
“The Ubco’s 2-wheel drive and lightweight frame appealed to me as a replace
ment option for the 4×4 quads and traditional 2-wheelers, as we were restricted to where we could get in the wet conditions. Now we’re certainly getting over terrain that we previously couldn’t. The safety benefits of the 2×2’s, such as the low centre of gravity, also appealed to me. There is a perception that quads are a health and safety issue, however, if they’re used appropriately with the correct training they aren’t. The problem is that doesn’t always happen. Now our H&S discussions and training regarding operating the Ubco are 100 times easier.”
In an average day, Grant’s Ubco 2×2’s are used to shift mobs, monitor stock and pasture and get the cows and calves in – and with a running cost of only 88c per 100km, it makes for efficient work.
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