During this time we have been twice awarded the prestigious “Australian Machine of the Year” award. In 2011 we received this award at the Elmore Field Days for our Multi Bin Super Spreader and then again in 2015 for our Triple Paddock Roller.
We boast the largest range of paddock rollers, trailing grain feeders, bin fillers and groupers, all of which are hot dip galvanised and proudly Australian made and manufactured.
Our Managing Director John Cochrane started with his first real design and welding project at age 14 by building a mini bike from an old lawn mower engine, push bike sprockets and his dads wheel barrow. The need for “R&D”, improved welding, and engineering skills became quickly evident.
After several more years of schooling, apprenticeship and still more training (which never seems to stop) the basic skills were in place. Later working in Darwin after cyclone Tracy and welding at the new “School Of the Air” building in Alice Springs (1978) he moved back to commercial construction industry in Melbourne and started a family, which then prompted a move to the country.
In 1988 Fallow Engineering was formed at Carapooee, Victoria to manufacture and market deer “Stock Handlers” and other products aimed specifically for the deer industry.
By 1990 Fallow Engineering had evolved into Farm Pro. This name change was brought about due to the fact that our products, originally developed for the deer industry, were also being requested by mainstream farmers.
During 1995 Farm Pro relocated to St Arnaud along with the establishment of its subsidiary St Arnaud Steel. Not long after this occurred, Farm Pro moved into its current location at Kell Road due to the growing demand for Farm Pro equipment.
Farm Pro’s “Specialist Farm Engineering” now continues on designing and manufacturing a range of products for farmers based on value, quality, serviceability and safety.
Farm Pro has supported the following local businesses and organisations:
- St Arnaud Agricultural Show
- St Arnaud Probus
- St Arnaud Football Club
- Festival of St Arnaud
- Murdoch Community Services
- St Arnaud Community Cinema
- St Arnaud District Hospital Foundation
- St Arnaud Junior Basketball Club
- St Arnaud Young Farmers
- St Arnaud Gun Club
- St Patricks Primary School
- St Arnaud Angling Club
- Wimmera Agricultural Societies Association
- Stuart Mill Urban Design Framework Committee
Farm Pro has also supported the following state and national organisations:
- Uncle Bob’s Club
- Royal Children’s Hospital
- MS Australia
- Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute