It is 62 years old and has steered itself into farming folklore.

Meet Fergie - winner of a national contest to find the oldest and hardest working tractor in the country.

The 1953 TEF diesel Massey Ferguson, or “old grey Fergie” as they are commonly hailed, is owned by Stephen Short, a 19-year-old farmer from Southowram.

It is used almost daily to feed stock in the winter, and in the spring for turning and carrying hay, as well as rolling grassland.

The 1953 TEF is one of over half a million built between 1946 and 1956. They are valued by farmers as they were relatively cheap, extremely versatile, compact and nimble.

The design was deliberately kept simple to keep prices low, costing as little as £150 in 1938.

Fergie wasn’t the oldest tractor entered in the competition, run by LammaXchange, the farming machinery classified website, but was judged to be the hardest working.

Mr Short said: “I always wanted a grey Fergie, my grandfather had one and I learnt to drive on it.

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“I bought mine from a neighbour when I was 10 years old, and it’s been a great machine for this farm, because it’s light on the land and it fits through the tight entrances into our old farm buildings. I love it, nothing major goes wrong with her and she’s easy to work on.”

Mr Short is the fifth generation to run the family’s 100-acre farm, after having completed a Level 2 qualification in agriculture at Askham Bryan College earlier this year. He has 33 suckler cows and 150 head of sheep.

He is currently investing in erecting a new shed, as well as new cattle and sheep handling systems.

LammaXchange launched the competition because its team wanted to highlight the important role vintage tractors have played historically, as well as their enduring presence on modern farms.

Competition judge James Rickard said: “Old tractors are practical, because they are small, easy to maintain and highly reliable. The winning tractor certainly wasn’t the oldest machine entered, but, in my view, is the hardest working, which is why I crowned it as the champion.”