Pink tractor raises money at Agri-Trade

The Challenger MT, which has raised $25,000 to support breast cancer research, was sold to a Minnesota farmer

RED DEER — Big gestures to raise breast cancer awareness were made when Challenger rolled its massive pink tractor off the assembly line.

A woman working at the assembly plant at Jackson, Minnesota, suggested the idea and the company agreed to build a 550 horsepower pink tractor, said Challenger spokesperson Ash Ault.

“The Challenger MT series is the biggest, heaviest, most horsepower tractor we have. It is kind of a masculine tractor so what better way to support breast cancer,” he said at the Red Deer Agri-Trade Equipment Expo held Nov. 11-14.

A cancer survivor drove it off the assembly line and the firm raised $25,000 to support cancer research.

The tractor has been on display at the Minnesota Women in Agriculture conference and National Women in Manufacturing conference. It has also travelled to meet the Minnesota Vikings football team. Agri-Trade was its first Canadian appearance.

The unit has been sold to a woman farmer in Minnesota.

The tractor received some positive attention at the Red Deer show, said Tiffany Prosek of Pentagon Farm Centre at Red Deer.

“Being a woman and a farmer I would love it,” she said.

Contact barbara.duckworth@producer.com

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