THIS year, well known Norwegian machinery manufacturer, Kverneland, will be celebrating 140 years of operation.

In 1879, its founder, Ole Gabriel Kverneland, built his small forge in the village of Kvernaland, 25km from Stavanger, Norway. The company originally manufactured scythes, sickles and knives, with its first plough developed in 1882, and the development of heavier equipment soon followed to suit larger farms equipped with horses.

Today, the business is internationally recognised for producing a wide range of arable and grassland machinery that also encompasses precision farming technology, sold under the brand. The 140-year anniversary is to be celebrated globally in several arenas throughout 2019, in co-operation with Kverneland dealers and distribution partners.