RFM NT PRODUCTS
RFM NT ARE Leaders in No-Till Farm Machinery
RFM NT is a leading innovator in the manufacture of retrofit No-Till Farm Machinery. Now in our second generation, for decades we’ve overcome challenges and celebrated triumphs with our customers. We’re about innovating to create new machinery that farmers want to buy.
The extremes of seasons and droughts in Australia always seemed to bring the best out of the Ryan family. Father and son team, Austin and Paul, saw these pressures as opportunities to further develop farm machinery, especially No-Till systems.
Paul, now managing the company, has witnessed a multitude of struggles during downturns in the farm economy. In turn, this has driven his philosophy on fighting adversity and the lessons it teaches. Paul explains, “Whenever I have faced a challenge, I’ve learnt how to go out and fight the battle and never give up. You need to figure out how to grow again and move forward. Those are the times that make you think, re-approach and re-innovate.”
RFM NT products are the result of decades of refinements and constant focus on developing new No-Till farm machinery. Further to this, being an industry leader in Australian farm machinery, Paul has travelled the world to share the best farming practices and techniques. Paul says, “It doesn’t matter if I talk to a farmer in Kazakhstan or the USA – the business of farming comes down to the core. How they practice may vary, but how they approach the idea of getting seed in is practically the same. They say the RFM product is an innovative, easy-to-use product and that makes their planting practice more productive.”
Long History of manufacturing farm machinery
Broadacre farmers all over the world have much to thank the late Austin Ryan for. Austin Ryan was the founder of the well known Ryan brand and products that farmers use today. His machinery inventions and plant nurture systems, designed over 50 years, have increased their efficiency and significantly boosted their cropping returns.
When the Australia government awarded Austin an Order of Australia Medal in 2001 for a lifetime of innovation in agriculture, he joined, only two, similarly honoured agricultural machinery pioneers. They were, posthumously, the developer of the mechanical grain harvester, Hugh Victor McKay, of HV McKay Sunshine, and seeding and cultivation equipment pioneer Tom Connor, of Connor Shea Ltd.
Austin was raised on the family farm at Galaquil, near Beulah in the heart of the Mallee. In his school years, he built billy carts and the like and was renowned for his Meccano set creations, winning a Beulah Show award at the age of I l with a model semi-trailer. He returned from boarding school at 14 to work the farm, and one of the first things he made was a wind-powered light using a T Model Ford gearbox and generator.
Paul Ryan joined the family business in the late 1980s and continues to produce patented machinery just like his father.
Austin’s first significant machine was a cross between a scarifier and a cultivator – the Ryan Scaravator. It was 5.2m wide, hinged in the middle to cope with uneven ground, and was the world’s first wideline spring release cultivator. Hundreds of these cultivators were made at factories in Horsham, Parkes in NSW, Mallala in South Australia, and Perth in WA, with exports to South Africa, the UK and the US.
Austin patented an airseeder in 1978, and his other inventions have included a chisel plough, twist-on shear points, a coulter drill and a trash float system.
His revolutionary deep banding tine and sowing boot system for fertiliser and seed won him significant awards in the US in 1991. Farmers across the world, who adopted this system, reported yields of more than 300 per cent.
Austin regarded his last major invention, the Auspoint press wheels, as his best.