Ute Lewen and Rainer Hoffmann live in the community Winterspelt. The 100 ha grassland farm is located in an upland area Eifel in Germany. The altitude means cold winters and wet summer. Economic focus of operations is suckler cow husbandry and beef production. The beef is distributed by a local butcher.
Due to a motorcycle accident Rainer Hoffmann is handicapped: "I can not use my right arm. That was also one of the reasons that after death of my father the first Schäffer loader 222 S was purchased. Instead of the previously manual work with wheelbarrow the feeding is now done much more comfortably with the loader. Ute Lewen brings it to the point: "It is hard to believe that this little loader makes the work so much easier for us. We thought about the acquisition for so long. We should have done this step much earlier. We will never part with the Schäffer, it is one of our best machines".
Nevertheless, there was still work to do where the front loader tractor was too immobilize and Schäffer was too small. Above all the muck out of the bull shed was very cumbersome. Mrs Lewen reports: "The tractor is barely moving. We had a lot of damages caused by hitting the walls with the tractor. This was absolute meaningless". The decision was quickly made. Instead a new baler/wrapper combination the Schäffer loader 5370 z was ordered. Rainer Hoffmann says: "The Schäffer helps us more". Mr Schönchens, sales rep of Schäffer notes: "Schäffer build for each customer a tailor made solution. For the special requirement of the Lewen´s the 5370 Z was converted to a full left-handed operation. Joystick, armrest and ignition are now on the left side of the cab".
The first impression is excellent: "After the first test runs, we estimate that the work is done twice as fast as with the front loader tractor. The Schäffer 5370 Z meets our special needs by 100%" Ute Lewen concludes.