George and Melanie Taylor run Riverina Ag, a mixed irrigated and dryland operation in Lowesdale, NSW.
The dryland programme consists of barley, wheat, canola with smaller amounts of vetch for hay.
In the summer, the irrigated area is under centre pivots with maize grown for silage, feed or gritting markets.
Before owning his own machine George employed a spray contractor.
When he decided to get his own self-propelled unit in October 2019, he had many reasons for investing in a 4WD Goldacres G4.
The Goldacres G4 features a 4000-litre product tank, 36-metre TriTech boom with 250mm nozzle spacing, 3TS rapid fire, boom recirculation and a full mechanical 4WD system.
The critical benefit was the machine's ability to work in his irrigated paddocks.
"With our 21 inch rain fall and our wet winters the light-weight sprayer gives us the best chance to spray your paddocks and leave minimal bog marks," George said.
"The mechanical 4WD system will virtually go anywhere, it's surprising how well it gets across the country and doesn't make a mess.
"Also, the fuel use is exceptional, we use about 11-12.5 litres/hour which is remarkable fuel efficiency considering what the machine is doing.
"The 300-litre fuel tank lasts a good two days when we are busy."
George looked at a few other brands, but what won him over was the simplicity and benefits of the mechanical drive system and fuel efficiency which equated to more money in his pocket at the end of the day.
"Possibly the most important part of the sprayer is the boom," George said.
"The TriTech 36 metre is effective and reliable.
"Treat it with respect and the Goldacres does the job well. The boom ride is excellent.
"The boom recirc is also a great feature.
"Charge the boom and have it ready to go while you're driving to the paddock.
"Get into the paddock and unfold and get going.
"When the spraying is done, I simply switch over to fresh water, hit the boom recirculation and let the machine flush the pump, filters and lines out.
"It's a must."