Steven Roberston
Steven has been working in AG since 1984 where he did his Massey Ferguson/Class mechanical apprenticeship in Wellington NSW. 1994 working in John Deere dealerships until 2011. 2012 until present day with Muddy River Agricultural. Steve has his own farm near Peak Hill, NSW and his main hobbies are water skiing and rugby!
Manager Sales Marketing
Jason Lummis
Jason has lived and breathed agriculture his entire life. Initially he did his trade in Viticulture where he ended up as a manager at Tisdall Wines which is under the Wolf Blass umbrella . Following that period of his life Jason worked at PFG for a few years as a territory manager. On the side Jason always enjoyed his personal time with business doing a fair bit of contract harvesting for grapes and wheat, cereals etc As a territory manager for Muddy River now for 4 year looking after regions, dealers and farmers from Tasmania to QLD and S.A. Jason is married and works 24 hours a day 7 days a week and still owns farmland. And he wears a red cape and mask.
Territory Manager VIC TAS
Shane Christian
Shane Christian, TM QLD. A bit of background for Shane; he started at Vin Rowe’s in Warragul and for over 14 years he worked as a diesel mechanic working on tractors, hay and vegetable equipment. That was 34 years ago though. He since then also worked as the Service Manager in WA for Lely West looking after NT and WA working on Vermeer industrial equipment. A full 19 years with Lely Australia as the QLD and Northern NSW area sales manager. Now Shane is with MRA and we wish to extend a warm welcome to Shane his lovely wife Sally and son Ryan to our family. Call Shane and say gidday on 0429 953 290
Territory Manager QLD
Tim Short
VICTORIA and SA your Territory Manager, Tim Short. A quick background on Tim. Mechanic by trade and has been involved in AG industry for 35 years. In this time he has worked on farms and at a machinery dealership in Kerang. Tim worked for Lely Australia as area manager for 20 years. Tim is married to Cathy with 3 kids, 2 boys and 1 girl. Tim says "my family is most important to me and really looking forward to being a part of the Muddy River family" If you catch Tim you can talk most sports, he says "I'm excellent at all of them, just ask me" Tim Short ‭0437 241 935
Territory Manager SA VIC
Mark Bratten
Mark Bratten, TM WA. A little history for you in 1993 Mark and family moved to Esperance W.A working for Ravensthorpe Machinery Case IH Had a brief break from sales in 2006. Spent the next 3 years with landmark and contract harvesting. In 2009 he decided to join the local John Deere Dealer in Esperance Ratten & Slater. Mark enjoys working with farming Families, seeing agriculture change and improve over time. The things he loves are "Family, North Melbourne Football Club, all types of sport, gardening, photography and travel, music (the old stuff) and a BBQ and beer with friends" Say gidday to Mark 0404 966 867
Territory Manager WA
Jan Moens
Jan is originally from Belgium, his parents and grandparents were farmers but his destiny was in service support. He has been serving in the role of dealer support and aftermarket for over 25 years starting in trucks, then cars. Now in his 19th year in agricultural machinery support. Jan’s hobbies include gardening and making Belgium waffles, oh and making chocolate mouse!
Manager Service Training
Clinton Hayward
Hey QLD this is Clinton Hayward our dedicated service technician for Muddy River in Queensland. Clinton now at 1 year with the Muddy River family as technician, service and sales support based in Toowoomba. Clinton has been around farming and machinery for 10 years. Starting out at Broken Hill on a station and then soon moving to Rowena, NSW broadacre farming where he gained a lot of his experience. Clinton then took a career change moving to Gayndah, QLD and working for Lend Lease doing civil construction as a plant operator before moving back to Toowoomba and joining the Muddy River team. Clinton and wife Emma have just entered parenthood with the addition of their son Billy. Clinton's hobbies now not only involve changing nappies but also racing mountain bikes, road cycling, gardening and spending time tinkering in his shed.
Service Tech QLD
Belinda Brady
Worked with Peter Findlay for 8 years now after I had to hassle him about working with him until he got sick of me calling every day and gave me a job working in the Spare parts department at O’Connors for 7.5 years before coming to Muddy River with Peter as well. Prior to this I work in several industries mainly in bars, but I always wanted to do spare parts. Married for 5 years now. we have a beautiful little girl Savannah who is 3 years old.
Spare Parts
Patty & Peter Jack
Peter and Patty Jack. CFO and CEO of Muddy River Agricultural Pty Ltd.
Simon Hepworth
Simon Hepworth
Simon has a wealth of experience from many years at O'Connors, and following this went to the NT to work as a mechanic on a large cattle station for 4 years. He then managed a centre pivot irrigation project on another large cattle station in WA for 4 year before returning to Victoria, and starting with the Muddy River family. Simon is married to Hayley and they have 2 young boys, Jacxon is 2 and a half and Mason is 6 months. "I enjoy camping and tinkering in my shed with cars, and watching the boys grow." Simon says.
Service Technician
Service Tech
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Muddy River Agricultural has been operating in Australia since 1992 and during that time we have been successful in obtaining the exclusive distribution rights to some of the world’s best brands of short-line farm machinery. These manufacturer relationships were gained due to Muddy River’s level of experience within the agricultural industry, its strong commitment to customer service and support and its extensive Australian dealer network.

Muddy River Agricultural focuses on distributing, marketing and supporting field-proven, specialized, short-line agricultural equipment to the Australian farm industry. We currently represent North American and European manufacturers, all of which are regarded as leaders within their particular sectors.

Through an extensive group of dealers, Muddy River distributes its diversified selection of high quality equipment to grain, livestock, rice and cotton producers throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia. Muddy River has been associated with the majority of its dealers for nearly 20 years.

Our Australian dealer network is supported by Muddy River employees residing in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. Our Australian based staff provide local assembly, service, maintenance and sales support to the Dealers and their end user clients. The office in Canada manages the supplier relationships, and assists our Australian staff and our dealer network on a day to day basis. In an effort to provide fast and efficient service to our dealers and their customers, Muddy River established parts and assembly depots on both the East and West coasts of Australia. All of our sales and service personal in Australia have numerous years of industry and product experience, which enables them to extend the highest level of product support to our all of our dealers.

Muddy River is committed to providing our dealers and their customers with high quality products, expert industry and product knowledge, innovative equipment to meet the markets ever changing needs and a premiere level of after-sales support.

OUR MISSION: To supply high quality, specialized, field proven agricultural equipment to the Australian farm industry.

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The Horsch Difference

“When you buy a Horsch machine, what it really comes down to is a well thought-out, extremely low maintenance, long term investment in the future of your farm.”

Unlike some companies who jump at export potential and the chance to offload products in a new market, it took eight years to convince Michael Horsch that his seeding and cultivation machines were ready to give the very best results in Australian conditions.
Putting your family name to a brand, putting your life into the brand, staking the success of your own farms and those of others on that same brand – these are not things to be taken lightly.

Michael Horsch is a farmer, with a farmer’s concerns and a passion for getting things right. He and Walter Horsch established Horsch Maschinen GmbH in 1984 on the farm Sitzenhof at Schwandorf in Germany and the company still has its headquarters there.

Right from the start, the aim was to develop farm machinery that would increase productivity for the long term despite increasing climate fluctuations in Europe and the rest of the world.

The company went about its research and development as it continues to do today, constantly exchanging ideas, experiences and insights with farmers and scientists and initiating an intensive testing regime to underscore all the investment in product development.

The Horsch company has gone on to set trends which have changed the way growers think about farming. Key markets include Germany, France, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, Romania, Denmark, Russia, Ukraine and USA, with a more recent and growing presence in South Africa and Australia.

It is all too common for companies to claim they have high quality and innovative products but the Horsch line up is demonstrably so, with worldwide recognition and well-earned awards, including Agritechnica medals and ‘Milestones in Agricultural Engineering 2013’.

Each year, the German Agricultural Society (DLG) interviews hundreds of agriculturalists who are asked to evaluate companies in terms of which has the best and most innovative products. For the past three years, Horsch Maschinen GmbH has achieved fourth position after leading tractor brands Fendt, Claas and John Deere.

The man who pursued Horsch machines for Australian farmers for eight years is Peter Jack, owner of Muddy River Agricultural Pty Ltd. Peter’s first experience of Horsch products was at SIMA in Paris. He said he was immediately impressed by the build and beautiful design.

“I was looking at something so different from any other product range. It was like the Apple computer of the farm machinery world,” he said.

“My own years of experience with seeding and cultivation technology meant I understood all too well the challenge of getting equipment to suit Australian requirements. But when I saw Horsch machinery and understood the company’s incredible commitment to quality, I knew we had to find a way.”

At that time, Horsch was making the transition to developing durable broadacre equipment, particularly for the Eastern European market, where a super strong build, very low maintenance and simple operation were primary concerns.

When Peter approached the Horsch family about exporting product to Australia, they wanted to study conditions. They wanted information on systems, soils, climate variations. They wanted to be sure they could offer the best possible product and they would not commit until they were ready.

Michael Horsch told Peter the company was prepared to make regional changes to their product range.
“It was great to hear him say that. We didn’t want to import cookie cutter machines. We knew the technology was important and now we had the chance to get the products fine-tuned,” Peter said.

After several more years of research, developments, yield data and trials covering every aspect of the machines, the Horsch company finally agreed to commit to Australian export.

Today, with a range of Horsch machines operating throughout Australia, farmers and agronomists are spreading the word about results they can see for themselves. And Peter Jack’s persistence and passion is finally beginning to pay off.

Muddy River Sales and Marketing Manager Steve Robertson agrees the build quality is the first thing that strikes you with Horsch machines.

“R&D budgets just aren’t there for so many manufacturers but with Horsch, engineering R&D continues to be the main focus.

“The quality is there in every detail, right down to the hardened pins, and it is simply unequalled here in Australia. No one else can offer this kind of engineering here or in North America and we have the full range of Horsch tillage and seeding technology available from Muddy River.

“All the bearings are German-made and best rated. Tube connections and welding are brilliant. The seamless hot-rolled steel isn’t available here or in the US. It only comes from two factories: one in Germany and one in Sweden,” he said.

“When Horsch builds strength into a machine, they don’t just throw more metal at it. They build with superior materials and clever engineering technology. The C connections in the frame are 45 times stronger than any other frame design.

“We can throw figures, stats, yields and pressure test results at you, but when you buy a Horsch machine, what it really comes down to is a well thought-out, extremely low maintenance, long term investment in the future of your farm.”

Muddy River Agricultural, based in Echuca, Victoria, has been demonstrating Horsch machinery the ‘old school’ way: on-farm with extensive trials right across the country. Steve said interest has been strong, with exceptional levels of enquiry about the seeding technology.

“The Sprinter’s torsion bar uses depth and press wheel pressure to achieve excellent seed placement evenly across the whole bar. Some growers have had their best germination ever.

“The placement of the press wheel in relation to the seed boot and point is absolutely critical and Horsch has got this exactly right. So you’ve got the technology to improve germination and yields, sometimes in places and conditions where it hasn’t been possible before.

“The metering system can handle rates from 0.5kg to 600kg per hectare with very simple calibration. It runs electric motors instead of hydraulic to avoid any rate variation from the oil, and is extremely accurate.

“The new award-winning single grain metering unit for Horsch drills that have adapted Turbodisc seed coulters, like the Pronto DC, can sow a single grain twice a second. You can get a seed density of 240 grains per square metre at 12km an hour with a row spacing of 15cm,” he said.

From an engineering point of view, Horsch production has more similarities to the aircraft industry than traditional farm machinery manufacturing. Long term safety and reliability hang on the toughness of a pin, the stress tolerance of the joins and the integrity of frames.

At Horsch Maschinen GmbH, they have taken the time to find better ways to build the strength and durability it takes to deliver thousands of flawless working hours and brilliant results.


MRA distributes a diversified selection of specialized equipment to grain, cotton, livestock, viticulture and to a lesser extent, vegetable producers, through a well established and expanding network of Dealers across Australia.