A host of changes have recently happened between manufacturers and dealers. We take a look at the latest moves across the country.
McLaren Tractors has taken on McCormick as its tractor partner among the company’s farm machinery offering for Highland farmers.
The Dingwall-based company has served farmers, crofters and sporting estates in the Highlands since its foundation in 2003 by George and Fiona McLaren. Since then it has expanded its franchise offering to encompass several machinery marquees including Pottinger, McHale and Polaris.
“We have a well-established tractor sales business, and are looking forward to building on this with McCormick,” says Mr McLaren. “We have already added a trio of stock tractors to our fleet, which are all available for demonstration. They comprise a 120hp X6.420, a 115hp X5.55 and a 70hp X4.30, representing three ranges and model sizes which are well-suited to the needs of local farmers and contractors.”
Following Lister Wilder’s recent partnering with Kubota, the dealer has also announced that Bomford Turner machines will be available from its six depots. In addition, the dealership has also signed an agreement with Kockerling to supply its range of tillage and seeding equipment through its Cirencester, Reading and Ashford depots.
Bomford Turner supplies a range of equipment including hedge cutters, mowers and Flailbots; wirelessly operated, tracked remote mowers.
Kockerling produce a range of cultivation, drilling and grassland management equipment which widens the dealer’s portfolio. The German manufacturer supplies the UK market through distributor Sam Agri based at Basingstoke.
Lister Wilder’s sales director Phill Hughes says; “With our new Kubota depots we are looking to partner with a few additional manufactures. Both agreements fit our customers in this region well and both brands have a good reputation.”
Case IH has increased its dealer coverage with the appointment of Davidson Tractors and John Day Engineering.
Davidson Tractors, based in Dumfries and Galloway, extends the manufacturer’s presence into south west Scotland, while John Day Engineering will cover Berkshire, Southern Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. Both territories were previously ‘open’ areas for the brand.
Charles Blessley, the manufacturer’s marketing manager says: “We are pleased to be growing the Case IH dealer network into new areas with these two appointments. Both are long-established family businesses in strong mixed farming areas and are well-placed to support the brand. These new dealerships, together with the addition of Cornwall Farm Machinery and Sharmans Agricultural in 2020, are helping us to expand our customer base in all corners of the UK.”