Scientific farming approach


CASTROL RX Super has protected Australian livelihoods for more than 35 years.

This year, inspired by a customer's engine which ran for more than 2.5 million kilometres, solely serviced using Castrol RX Super, we're telling the stories of the people that have made the brand the choice of protection for truck drivers, fleet owners and farmers alike.

Walter Farming (AH & GM Walter Pty Ltd)

Andrew Walter represents the fourth generation of Walter Farming in Violet Town, 50km south-east of Shepparton.

Andrew, with his mother Gladys, own and operate a broad acre farm which grows annual winter crops and manages a sheep grazing operation.

Alan Walter, the patriarch of the family, established the business with Gladys in 1968.

It has been a year since Alan's death but his legacy lives on through his family and farm.

The Walter farming operation spans across 3500 acres in total, which includes share farming and leased land.

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In its fleet there are two Freightliner prime movers, five operational tractors with an asset list of more than 50 items.

Andrew Walter represents a new generation of farmer with old fashioned values instilled in him from his mum and dad.

He is very well educated, holding a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Plant Molecular Breeding from the Australian National University.

He has been on multiple government advisory committees and consults for various state and federal governments, research companies, agricultural corporations and the United Nations.

From a young age, it was clear the influence Alan and Gladys had on nurturing Andrew's passion for the farm and his inherent thirst for knowledge.

The turning point for Andrew was when he got a scholarship through Rotary to go to the National Science Summer School.

It was there he saw the opportunity in science, genetic engineering and in particular how it could be applied in agriculture.

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At the time, his career goal was ambitious, to be the first farmer in the world who could genetically modify and breed his own crop plants.

In 1992, he became the coach for the Australian International Biology Olympiad team.

Under similar auspices as the Athletic Olympics, the International Biology Olympiad is held every year for high school students and is regarded as the "Olympic Games for Biology”.

No one is more proud than Gladys of Andrew's time on the team, having enshrined Andrew's Olympic history by framing his 14 blazer badges of each year of his participation.

Andrew says Castrol RX Super has proteced the Walter farm for almost three decades.

"Castrol RX Super has had a special relationship with the Walter family. From day one when I started on the farm my father always taught me the importance of quality oil as the most effective form of maintenance,” he said.

"If you look at the cost of repairing or replacing machinery, and the opportunity costs of downtime, why wouldn't you protect your investment with the best quality product?

"The Walter farm has been using Castrol RX Super for 28 years. We test our oils independently and Castrol RX Super performs superbly.

"For instance, our CVX Tractor works every week of the year and is our primary tractor for spraying. It has gone for over 6800 hours, it's full life, on Castrol RX Super and it's still going strong.”

Andrew believes it's not only the quality of the product which is important to protecting his business but the quality of the service and the support.

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The Walter family has a long term business partner and ally in Leo Schoonderbeek from Konigs, a Castrol reseller for 25 years in Shepparton.

He reflects on the support from Leo Schoonderbeek from Konigs Shepparton over the years.

"I have a lot of time for Leo and Bev from Konigs Shepparton,” he said.

"Back when my father Alan was running the farm, Leo was a service manager for the local John Deere dealership. He would come out in the middle of the night to help Dad fix his machinery if ever there was a problem.

"When Leo started his own business at Konigs, we followed him as the local Castrol reseller. More than selling a quality product, we value his loyalty and support not to mention the many years of bantering. We wouldn't choose anyone else to serve our business.”

Topics:  farming rural

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