The dairy farming business is very tough in South Africa and KZN dairy farmer, Pierre Le Sueur says this is mainly because the milk-to-feed price ratio, which is an important indicator of the profitability of the dairy industry in this country remains at very challenging levels.
He says that at every level costs must be controlled in order to remain profitable. “Everything counts and that is why, for example, I changed three years ago from a well-known brand of tractor to Kubota tractors, which have proven to be extremely fuel-efficient and reliable and play a significant part in protecting my bottom line,” he says.
The Kubota U30 mini excavator, which has been a hit around the world with its innovative and ground-breaking technology, is becoming ever more popular throughout South Africa and the KZN region is no exception.
Kubota machines are distributed in South Africa by Smith Power Equipment. The latest company to sing its praises is upcoming construction company Doc Con whose owner, Mike Docherty is over the moon with the machine.
“Mfundisi” – Such is ’s command of the Zulu language and his respect for and understanding of people in general, he has become affectionately known as Mfundisi (the pastor) amongst the farmers of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Since joining the Kubota sales team in 2011 he has transformed this great brand’s landscape in that region. “Before Errol joined it was common for black farmers in KwaZulu Natal to be using our competitors’ products,” says Paul Mannix, dealer principal of Richie Auto Empangeni Farm Division distributors of Kubota in the region. “We have had almost no business with black farmers in this area but Errol has turned this situation around.”