AGRAVIS agricultural machinery for higher education
AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock is a partner to Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.
‘Service is our field’ is the slogan AGRAVIS Technik companies live by. For many years, AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH has been offering a special service to Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences: the company acts as a regional sales partner, supplying the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture with CLAAS or Amazone agricultural machinery which is used at the university’s own Waldhof pilot plant in Wallenhorst and its Haste campus. “We are enabling the university, its lecturers and the agricultural scientists of tomorrow to work with state-of-the-art equipment. As a result, the university is able to teach and research the digitalisation of agriculture to maximum effect,” says Wilhelm Jürgens, Managing Director of AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH along with Heinz-Walter Niedertopp, clearly delighted with the collaboration.
One example would be the CLAAS Arion 420, a key machine in teaching precision farming – a major theme for the agricultural faculty. The Arion 420 is a 75 kW, 4.5-litre cylinder capacity tractor with automatic powershift transmission, multi-function grip and a panoramic cabin.
Bernd Westhoff holds a model of the new tractor; the original can be seen behind representatives of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the agricultural machine manufacturer CLAAS. The transfer took place on the grounds of the university’s Waldhof agricultural pilot plant in Wallenhorst. In attendance were (from left) Janina Ostendorf (Corporate Human Resources, CLAAS), Professor Dieter Trautz (Professor of Agricultural Ecology and Eco-friendly Land Management; manager of the Waldhof pilot plant), Bernd Westhoff (CLAAS representative), Professor Hubert Korte (Professor of Agricultural Machinery), Guido Willmann (AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH), Hubert Borchert (Waldhof plant manager) and Dr Martin Leinker (Corporate Product Strategy, CLAAS).
High technical standard required
Professor Dieter Trautz, head of the university's agricultural pilot plants, stressed the significance of using modern machines: “It goes without saying that our courses are more attractive to students if they can work with these machines, and they take these experiences back to their home farms.” It is also essential that employees of the pilot plants are able to use the latest machinery. Not least, many scientists at the university are involved with research into the digitalisation of agriculture at a very practical level. “We must have technological capability to undertake innovative teaching and research,” stressed Korte.
CLAAS and Amazone too
In addition to CLAAS, AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH supports Amazone products for the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. “We have been working closely with Amazonen-Werke for many years. During the past year, for instance, we undertook a research project in Siberia using Amazone machinery,” says Professor Dieter Trautz. AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH makes sure the machines are working when students swap the lecture theatre for the seat of an agricultural machine.