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con t urbocompr essore sui due modelli più potenti. La trasmissione, completamente meccanica, offr e 12 rapporLi sia in m arcia avanti che in retrom arcia, grazie ad un inversare sincronizzato. Il circuito idraulico prevede una portata d i ben 43 1/min, con un sollevatore posteriore a comando meccanico da 2900 kg (2100 kg per A53 e A63). La versione da vigneto, più stretta, è d isponibile solo con rollbar anteriore abbattibile, mentre i modelli A63 c A73 da frutteto

Lo SkyJump di BCS: la dota zione di cingoli in gomma s ull'asse pos teriore permette di riuni re in un'unica macchina le doti di un tratto re a ruote con qu elle di un cingolato.

arrivare a 20AV+20RM con s uperriduttor e Syn cro Shuttle. La doppia trazione e il bloccaggio del differenziale sono a comando elettroidraulico. Anch e il g ruppo AGCO offre diverse soluzioni per il vig neto e il frutteto tramite 3 dei suoi brand, ovver o Fendt, Massey Ferguson e Valtra . Se la serie 200 Vario di Fendt e la 3600 di Massey Ferguson sono ormai conosciute e apprezzate sul mercato Italiano, la serie A d i Valtra in versione compatta o da vigneto r appresenta una novità. Disponibile in 3 modelli (A53, A63, A73) con potenze da 50 a 78 CV e una coppia m assima di b en 310 Nm , questa nuova ser ie offre tutto il know-how del marchio finlandese in una larghezza minima fuoritutto di 1600 mm . La motorizzazione è affidata ad un P erkins 1103D-33, un 3 cilindri da 3300 cma,

Il gruppo ARGO offrirà trattori is odiametrici anche a marchio Landini: per ora s ono due i modelli disponibili, con motori zzazione FPT e potenze di 88 e 95 CV.

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sono disponibili anche con cabina. Lo SkyJump di BCS, ora entrato definitivamente in produzione, è una tra le novità più salienti in tema di trattori a carr eggiata stretta: la dotazione di cingoli in gomma sull'asse posteriore permette di riunire in un'unica macchina le doti di un trattore a ruote (velocità di trasferimento, libera circolazione su strada pubblica, maneggevolezza) con quelle di un cingolato (trazione, stabilità, ridotto compattamento). La m anovr abilità è ulteriormente facilitata dal Dualsteer, che coniuga le r uote anteriori st erzanti allo snodo cen trale, per raggi di volta estr emamente ridotti. È disponibile anche con cabina Compact, che riduce in modo significativo l'altezza totale della macchina, per un lavoro senza problemi anche sotto i vigncLi a pergole e tendone. In con comitanza del 130° a nn iversario della n ascita dello s t or ico marchio Landini, anche il gruppo ARGO ha r innovato pr ofon dam ente le sue gamme. T ra le varie novità, c'è anche l'isodiametrico serie 9000, offerto ora in gamma Landini con due modelli, il 9095 e il 90105, entrambi motorizzati da FPT, con potenze di 88 e 95 CV conformi al livelli Ticr 3 in tema di antinquinamento. Il circuito idraulico è affidato a due pompe da 50+31 1/m in, e i distributori posteriori possono essere anche a controllo elettroidraulico pr oporzionale tramite joystick. La capacità del sollevatore è di 2300 kg. Anche nella versione articolata è disponibile la guida reversibile. •


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IL CASO EX LUCCHINI

UN DORSO ESTRAIBILE FACILITA LA LETTURA

Cevital, a Piombino slitta il piano industriale

Impresa e Territori è nel primo sfoglio del giornale completo delle pagine tematiche quotidiane e settimanali

Matteo Meneghello u pagina 11

Industria. Lo studio di Intesa Sanpaolo: nel 2015-2016 il fatturato salirà del 3,2% grazie all’innovazione e al rientro in Italia di molte produzioni

Ricerca e reshoring spingono i distretti

Sistema competitivo: export cresciuto del 3,5% tra gennaio e settembre 2014, più della Germania Giovanna Mancini MILANO

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da anni, la ripresa economica è ormaiunarealtàperleimpresedeidistretti industriali italiani, che hanno ripreso a crescere (dell’1% circa) già nel biennio 2013-2014, mentre le imprese non distrettuali ancora registravano un lieve arretramento. E che – secondo le stime contenute nel settimo rapporto sull’economiaefinanzadeidistretti industriali di Intesa Sanpaolo – rafforzeranno nel prossimo biennio tale crescita, con un incremento medio annuo del 3,2%, tanto da recuperare quasi completamente, già alla fine del 2015, i livelli di fatturato del 2008, per poi superarli nel 2016. Obiettivo per il quale il manifatturiero italiano nel suo complesso dovrà invece attendere almeno fino al 2018. A rendere più dinamiche le imprese distrettuali (oltre 12mila quelle analizzate dal rapporto, dislocate in 144 distretti in tutto il Paese) sono soprattutto la maggiore capacità di fare innovazione (rappresentata dal numero di marchi e brevetti registrati), di esportare e di fare investimenti all’estero, come ha spiegato Gregorio De Felice, chief economist dell’istituto di credito. Il rapporto dell’istituto bancariononsolosmentiscelatesi di una crisi strutturale dei distretti, ma mette inoltre in evidenza la loro maggiore competitività rispet-

to alle aziende non distrettuali. La crisi ha certo colpito duramente anche i distretti e tuttavia, questi hanno dimostrato una maggiore tenuta e un recupero più rapido, grazie in particolare alla maggiore presenza sui mercati esteri: basti pensare che, tra gennaio e settembre del 2014, l’export dei distretti italiani è cresciuto del 3,5% (rispettoallostessoperiodo2013),ovvero oltre la media dell’industria manifatturiera non solo italiana (+1,6%), ma anche tedesca (+2,1%).

I PUNTI DEBOLI

De Felice: tra le criticità il differenziale di crescita tra piccole imprese (che arrancano) e le grandi (che corrono) Tra il 2008 e il 2013 è stato inoltre più intenso il rafforzamento patrimoniale delle imprese distrettuali (+10,8%, contro l’8,2%), così come la propensione a investire in ricerca, con un «gap» del 6,3%, rispetto alle aziende non distrettuali, per numero di brevetti registrati negli ultimi cinque anni. Restano alcune criticità, ha sottolineato De Felice, a cominciare dal differenziale di redditività e crescita tra imprese (con le grandi che corrono e le piccole che arrancano). Ma nel complesso le azien-

de distrettuali avrebbero le carte in regola per cogliere quella serie di «circostanze favorevoli alla ripresa» illustrate da De Felice: basso costo dell’energia; avanzamento delle riforme strutturali; migliorato assetto istituzionale in tutta Europa; avvio di una politica monetaria espansiva da parte della Bce. «Il consolidamento della ripresa dipenderà soprattutto dalla attitudine degli investimenti internazionali», ha commentato l’amministratore delegato della banca, Carlo Messina, che ha parlato di «un anno di svolta vera, con tassi di crescita visibili». E proprio la crescita di interesse da parte dei capitali esteri per i distretti è una delle novità che emerge dal rapporto di quest’anno e che potrebbe portare a un loro ulteriore rafforzamento, soprattutto sul piano commerciale. Altro elemento di novità sono gli «evidenti segnali di processi di re-shoring», ovvero di rientro nei territori distrettuali di produzioni in precedenza trasferite all’estero. «Al momento si tratta di fenomeni legati soprattutto alle produzioni di qualità e legate al brand made in Italy», ha spiegato il responsabile Ricerca industry&banking di Intesa Sanpaolo, Fabrizio Guelpa. In particolare, dunque, i distretti del sistema moda, ma non mancano i casinellameccanica,dallemacchine agricole (si veda articolo in basso) a quelle per imballaggi. © RIPRODUZIONE RISERVATA

Un sistema competitivo EVOLUZIONE DEL FATTURATO DELLE IMPRESE DEI DISTRETTI* Variazione % a prezzi correnti. Valori mediani

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terra, al ritorno nel distretto emiliano il passo non è stato breve, ma inevitabile. Dettato dalle leggi dell'economia, che è sorretta dai numeri, ma anche da know how e competenze umane non

CASSAZIONE SULL’AMIANTO

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Pelletteria e calzature di Firenze

60,6

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3,1

Dolci di Alba e Cuneo

61,5

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Vini del veronese

63,0

Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene

64,2

Calzature napoletane

65,0

Pelletteria e calzature di Arezzo

66,4

Concia di Arzignano

71,5

Calzature di San Mauro Pascoli

71,9

Stili&tendenze

Occhialeria di Belluno

74,4

LUSSO

Caffè, confetterie e cioccolato torinese

74,7

2016

Vini del Chianti

74,8

Per Zanotti l’Asia è il primo mercato

2015

Gomma del Sebino Bergamasco

82,7

Paola Bottelliu pagina 14

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Porti, aumentano i container in Italia Raoul de Forcadeu pagina 13

2016 Criteri utilizzati per la selezione dei top performer 1 Ebitda margin 2013

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Fonte: Isid (Intesa Sanpaolo Integrated Database) e ASI

Emilia, tra Fabbrico, San Martino in Rio e Luzzara. «Una scelta lungimirante – ricorda il direttore marketing di Argo Tractors, Antonio Salvaterra – visto che anche in una difficile fase per il settore iniziata nel 2008 il nostro Gruppo è riuscito ad assicurare nuova occupazione». E questo nel cuore del distretto della meccatronica dove Argo – un fatturato di circa 480 milioni, di cui

LA PRODUZIONE

24mila

La produzione di trattori Argo Tractors significa Landini, McCormick e Valpadana. Con una capacità produttiva di oltre 24mila trattori prodotti e commercializzati con i marchi Landini, McCormick e Valpadana, Argo Tractors si colloca tra i più importanti player del mondo occidentale

l'80% realizzato sui mercati esteri – produce un quarto dell'indotto complessivo. «In quest'area di eccellenza – riferisce Salvaterra da Parigi (dove in questi giorni, fino a giovedì, è in corso il Sima-Salone internazionale dell'agricoltura) – il valore aggiunto prodotto da conoscenze tecniche, tecnologia avanzata e addetti altamente specializzati non è replicabile in nessun'altra parte del mondo». Un'offerta di meccanica ed elettronica applicate alle macchine per l'agricoltura e il giardinaggio, che in compenso è richiesta in decine di paesi, so-

Mondo&mercati LA MISSIONE IN EGITTO

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Argo riporta i trattori in Emilia glia piemontese Morra, la società Argo – suoi i marchi Landini, McCormick e Valpadana – dopo alterne vicende e alleanze nei primi anni Duemila aveva acquisito linee di lavorazione trattori a Saint Dizier, in Francia, e a Doncaster, in Gran Bretagna. Salvo poi decidere, tra il 2007 e il 2010, di mettere i sigilli a quegli impianti e rilanciare gli investimenti nei suoi quattro stabilimenti in provincia di Reggio

Industria

ELETTRODOMESTICI

Il caso. La società aveva acquisito linee di lavorazione in Francia e Gran Bretagna tra il 2007 e il 2010, poi la svolta: sigilli agli impianti e rafforzamento in Italia

riproducibili altrove. Così il processo di re-shoring, di delocalizzazione produttiva inversa operato dal gruppo reggiano Argo Tractors, è diventato un caso. Non il solo a livello nazionale, almeno nel settore della meccanica agricola, ma sicuramente efficace se è vero che solo nell'ultimo anno e mezzo l'azienda ha assunto altri 50 lavoratori, passati da 1.600 agli attuali 1.650. Costituita nel 1988 dalla fami-

ALL’INTERNO

Grandi opere, l’Italia è in pole Nicoletta Picchiou pagina 15

SU INTERNET prattutto emergenti del Medio Oriente e del Far East. Un modello che fa leva su una filosofia aziendale costruita dal presidente del Gruppo, Valerio Morra. «La nostra – ricorda – è una solida piattaforma industriale capace di dare risposte in linea con l'evoluzione dei tempi e delle situazioni, oltre a un semplice principio: le persone giuste nel momento giusto e al posto giusto». Cuore, mente e braccia concentrati in quattro siti produttivi nei quali possono essere assemblati fino a 24mila trattori l'anno. © RIPRODUZIONE RISERVATA

Congiuntura PREVISIONI

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NEWS McCORMICK STANDS ABOVE THE REST AT THE 2015 NATIONAL FARM MACHINERY SHOW WITH ALL NEW TRACTORS Duluth, GA, Feb. 23, 2015 - McCormick tractors stood a step above the rest of the exhibitors at the 2015 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY, with a booth completely full of all-new tractors. It was the perfect platform to display the product developments and changes that are coming from a growing agricultural company. On display were nine tractor models representing a complete makeover of the McCormick product offering for 2015, with every model having been introduced within only the last 12 months.

The first of these products is the X4 Series, a 61 to 102 HP range that will take over in the smaller frame utility class tractor segment. This single series has a wide offering of features and specifications that make it truly more versatile. Six different models of the X4 Series are available in platform or cab variants. Each model can be accessorized to suit the customers' requirements, from entry level to high specification and comfort level.


The three smallest models, from 61 to 75 HP, use a 2.9 liter 4-cylinder Tier 4i engine, while the larger 85 to 101 HP models are equipped with a 3.6 liter 4cylinder Tier 4i engine. All tractors meet the stringent emissions regulations using a “No Maintenance� emissions system. Without a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to regenerate, there is less cost and maintenance over time. For the life of the tractor, just put in fuel and drive.

The X4 Series also features a new 12 x 12 shuttle transmission built by McCormick. This can be fitted with a creeper, synchro or power shuttle, and hi-lo power shift capabilities. The 4wd front axle can include a fully locking front differential and integrated front brakes, giving exceptional traction and performance. A 2-speed rear PTO offers both 540 and 1000 RPM capability with push button engagement for versatility and ease of use. At the rear of the tractor, specifications include a mechanical or electronic three point linkage and an impressive 8598 lb lift capacity. Open center hydraulics deliver up to 15 gpm of flow to the three rear remote valves.


McCormick is also launching the new X6 Series, which is the modern day evolution of the successful X60 Series and the venerable MC Series of yesterday. It includes two models in a 4wd cab configuration only, with 111 and 121 HP. A 4.5-liter BETAPOWER diesel engine equipped with the innovative SCR technology delivers big power and performance with low fuel consumption and emissions. PowerPlus boosts the power output of the engine under certain conditions (up to 12 additional HP) to help charge through tough work on the farm.

The X6 range incorporates the modern, family look and style of other McCormick tractors, particularly the new cab which is inspired by the flagship X7 Series tractors. The X6 tractors feature a 36 x 12 transmission with 3 power shift speeds, a 4wd front axle with fully locking differential and integrated front brakes, 540/1000 RPM rear PTO, and electronically controlled rear lift. Customers have a choice of a simple, economical open center hydraulic system with 17 gpm of flow, or the robust closed center system that provides up to 29 gpm of hydraulic flow to implements, instantly and on demand.


Though it was initially launched at the 2014 National Farm Machinery Show, the X7 Series was a big hit that drew a lot of attention from farmers around the country. The expanded X7 lineup marks the beginning of a new era for McCormick products by introducing a fully automated 24 x 24 power shift and power shuttle transmission from ZF, a world-renowned manufacturer of reliable, high quality drive train systems. Incorporating the comfort, technology, and performance demanded by professional farmers, the X7 Series has the tools to maximize productivity day in and day out.

Five models in the X7 Series range from 143 to 188 HP (212 HP with Power Plus). The two smaller models use a 4.5 liter 4-cylinder BETAPOWER diesel engine, while the three larger ones boast a 6.7 liter 6-cylinder power plant in a cast steel frame. All engines feature efficient, reliable SCR emissions technology for performance and fuel economy. The spacious 4-post cab with two doors and flat food deck sits up high with a bird’s eye view in all directions. A deluxe air-suspended seat and abundance of creature comforts will invite the operator to climb inside, and will make long working days in the field seem shorter and less tiring. Machine controls are ergonomically arranged for easy identification and reach, with most major tractor functions residing in the seat armrest that moves with the driver for convenient control in all conditions. Customers can customize the machine’s operation to fit a specific need or suit a variety of applications.


Additional comfort and performance features, such as front axle and cab suspension with 31 mph (50 kph) transport capability, make this a true contender in today’s professional producer market place. Last, but certainly not least, is the new X1 Series compact lineup from McCormick. Three models range from 24 to 47 HP, and offer customers different configurations to suit the needs of the job at hand. The small frame X1.25 model offers either an economical, mechanical gearbox or user-friendly 2-range hydrostatic transmission. A 3-cylinder diesel engine delivers the power and performance needed to perform a wide range of chores around the farm or homestead. To increase versatility, the X1.25 can be equipped with a front loader or mid-mount belly mower.

The larger X1.35 and X1.45 generate 35 and 47 HP respectively. Boasting a common, heavy duty chassis and operator’s station, these machines offer rock solid performance without compromise. 3 and 4-cylinder diesel engines generate power and torque to tackle the toughest of jobs, and the mechanical 12 x 12 shuttle transmission can handle loader work with ease. Both are available in the popular open station ROPS configuration, while the X1.45 offers an enclosed cab packed full of features for those wanting the highest level of comfort. A heavy-lifting rear 3-point hitch and 2-speed rear PTO allow these machines to handle a wide variety of implements to further improve versatility.


But, McCormick isn’t done yet. New products are on the horizon, with two more line-ups ready to be unveiled shortly: the X5 Series and X6L Series. More information on these two new series is coming. And, more tractors are on the way‌


Farmer the

FEBRUARY 2015 65p

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COVERING AGRICULTURAL, RURAL BUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ACROSS THE MIDLANDS, THE NORTH WEST AND MID WALES

Price crisis meeting

Farmers gather in Staffordshire to find out what is being done to support milk producers across the UK ore than 200 farmers attended a dairy crisis meeting in Staffordshire to highlight what is being done to support the industry.

the Department of Health not so much. A Powis farmer’s wife said her village school had banned cheese and whole milk in lunch boxes on health grounds. Rob Harrison, NFU dairy board chairman, said there was lot of support for farmers from the public. While the very low supermarket retail prices were not affecting their farmer suppliers it was, he said, having a serious knock-on effect on corner shop prices and milk sold on retail rounds.

“They should be feeling that enough has been done to stabilise the situation in the short term,” said Staffordshire NFU chairman, Alan Warrington, a former First Milk regional board member. “The co-op has been right to bring in more capital from its members, but in the longer term they need to rethink their business model. If they can’t add value they are vulnerable.” Speaker after speaker talked of the work being done by organisations like DairyCo to lift the profile of milk to increase sales, 40 per cent of liquid milk being consumed on cereals. Judith Bryans of Dairy UK said Defra is very supportive,

a litre will not be altered until April. He has no limit on his production and has just purchased seven more cows week from Leek Auction. A year ago, he said, there was only three pence a litre difference between the top and bottom farm price, now that figure is 12 to 14p. Barclays bank manager Steve Brown advised farmers to seek advice if things are getting difficult. Farmers should be able to borrow at very low interest rates at least a sum equal to three monthly milk cheques. Know what your cash flow is and keep updating it, he advised. Looking ahead, milk price is expected to increase in the third quarter but can farmers hang on?

By Keith Stevens

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Some of the worst affected producers, members of Promised First Milk, are facing further cuts to the meagre 20p Yet many producers are still getting paid substantially a litre price being paid for their milk and their pay- more than the 25p a litre ‘tipping point’. A Tesco Direct ment cheques being delayed. contract farmer from Eccleshall has been promised his 32p

Group to give its vision for the future of farming

Staffordshire farmer’s son Richard Bower is chairing a national group of younger farmers invited by the NFU to give their vision for the future of farming. See page 4

Meet our new columnist, farmer Julia Evans Page 4 Bumper crowds flock to the LAMMA extravaganza Pages 12-13 More performance from latest ATV models Page 15 Machinery dealer looks forward to open day in March Pages 16-19

Inside this month:

Realising the true value of this year’s silage crop It’s not too early to start thinking about this year’s silage crop, and Tim Sinnott will be hosting an open day on March 5 at Ivy House Farm, Congerstone, Nuneaton, on the subject. Page 9

More than 200 farmers attended a crisis meeting at the Stafford County Showground to hear what is being done to help them stay in business until milk price recovers, hopefully in the autumn

Oxford conference ............... p2 Show success for herd ........ p5 Focus on Trailers ................. p6 Ewe feeding tips .................. p7 Fill in the forms .................. p11 Potato grower’s strategy .. p20 New rules benefit shoots .. p24

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Satisfying customer needs a key priority for company

James ‘Jake’ Leedham, Jim Broadhurst, Gary Evans, Rob Haslam, Matt Howell and Jason Bloor from J A Bloor Agricultural Services

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rice, knowledge and a genuine desire to satisfy his customers’ requirements are clearly Jason Bloor’s priority.

“We export to Ireland and other countries in Europe as well as supplying locally, and because they’re often in demand we always have stock of half a dozen used JCB telehandlers in the yard,” he says.

Landini is a worldwide brand of the ARGO Group of Companies

“Our expertise in preparing and refurbishing equipment for sale has also brought in a lot of workshop servicing and repairs for local farmers.” Now, the future for the business is more diverse as it supplies high quality new machinery as well as used equipment, backed up by diligent workshop and on-farm repairs and servicing, and the supply of an bigger range of parts, tools and sundries. Jason says: “The new parts store and retail operation managed by ‘Jake’ Leedham has gone from strength to strength since he joined

us thanks to his great experience in this field. Every item is competitively priced and clearly labelled to ensure quick and straightforward purchase decisions.” Products in this department include the Granit range of quality parts, accessories, clothing, tools and service items; Ehrle pressure washers, batteries, LED lighting, Chemodex oils, children’s toys, fencing, tractor spares (including Sparex, QTP, Bepco and Vapormatic), power takeoff shafts and guards, Draper tools, and a whole lot more.

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In addition to Jason Bloor himself, who maintains a very much handson grasp of the workshop operation, there are three experienced full-time technicians. Also, keen to support young talent, an agricultural student has recently joined the workshop team as an apprentice with the firm. Full-time administration assistant Sharon Millington keeps the modern office facilities working efficiently, using professional IT accounts software to ensure the highest possible customer service, and Jason greatly values his long-standing business

relationship with Andrew Nicholas from the Harvey Hughes farm consultancy, who provides sound business planning and management backup, which Jason believes is key to any successful, growing enterprise. On the machinery supply side, new farm machinery franchises taken on as part of the business growth plan include Redrock slurry and silage equipment; Portequip trailers, feeders and cattle handling equipment; AG Engineering cubicle bedding and pasture machinery; TGB quads and JPM low-load, multi-purpose and cattle trailers; and Foster yard scrapers and transport boxes. The most recent signing – and real feather in Jason’s cap – is with Vicon, international supplier of a complete range of grassland machinery, sprayers and fertiliser spreaders. The other high-profile partnership is for Landini, which enables J A Bloor Agricultural Services to provide genuine parts, routine servicing and repairs to existing Landini tractor users, and to supply new Landini tractors throughout Staffordshire and into Derbyshire and surrounding counties.

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Above: Jason Bloor helps a customer select the right part. Below: Jake Leedham serves a customer

Jason Bloor (right) with parts manager Jake Leedham: “We’re looking forward to new customers putting us – and Landini – to the test”

Dealership for Landini tractors A J. A. BLOOR n agricultural engineering business in Staffordshire has become a fully-fledged dealership handling the Landini tractor range and a number of well-known farm equipment lines to build on its expertise in the used equipment market.

The new venture for J A Bloor Agricultural Services Ltd was launched at several agricultural shows last summer and the company is now ready to fling open the doors of expanded and improved premises during an open day at Overton Farm, Hollington, near Uttoxeter, on Saturday, March 14, from10am until 5pm.

Key suppliers and all staff will all be on hand to guide visitors through the premises with its shop and spares department, as well as the extensive range of new and used farm machinery in stock. Some great spring deals, generous raffle prizes and a hog roast will make it an entertaining as well as informative day. For Jason Bloor, securing the Landini tractor franchise and representing well-known farm equipment manufacturers – the latest being Vicon grassland machinery – is the culmination of plans to add the professional supply of new tractors and machinery to the established business of supplying thoroughly refurbished and prepared used equipment. “We’ve put a lot of time and energy into improving the facilities here to provide a better and broader service to farmers and others in rural communities in Staffordshire and neighbouring counties,” he says. “With everything from fencing materials, power washers and quad bikes to trailers, slurry equipment and new

tractors, we’ve become a one-stop-shop for all the things farmers need.” Jason caught the ‘machinery bug’ as a young boy, when school days were always too long and he spent all his free time outdoors on the family farm or neighbouring farms developing his agricultural skills. In the local Young Farmers Club, Jason’s energetic personality drew great, life-long friends, many of whom he is grateful to for supporting him as he worked hard to build up a successful used farm machinery business.

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In his ’20s, Jason established himself as a reliable, hard-working farm contractor while also working at home, which also provided the perfect outlet to exercise his passion and skills in arable farming and machinery. In 2004, faced with some tough personal and professional challenges familiar to many rural farming families, Jason stopped milking at Overton, consolidated his contracting activities and set up the current business, J A Bloor Agricultural Services Ltd. Fast forward almost 10 years, and Jason was married to Janine, had two daughters and was just as determined to keep growing his business by building on his core strengths and values. Although still keeping his hand and heart in beef and arable work at Overton Farm, Jason’s agricultural engineering business is now reaching new and exciting heights. It is already well-known and respected locally as a business sourcing and supplying good value second-hand farm machinery, and for hiring out high-spec seasonal machinery such as forage wagons, slurry tankers, tractors, telescopic handlers and excavators to an ever growing number of valued customers. For further information contact J A Bloor Agricultural Services Ltd on 01889 507040 or email: jason@jabloor agriservices.co.uk

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Company is rolling out its biggest ever range

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andini is a professional tractor range with a keen following, among livestock farmers in particular, according to Jason Bloor of J A Bloor Agricultural Services Ltd at Hollington, near Uttoxeter. “They’re invariably described as bomb-proof, in terms of reliability,” said Jason. I’ve traded a number of Landini tractors myself over the years and never had any trouble with them.”

Becoming a Landini dealer is timely just now because manufacturer Argo Tractors in Italy is rolling out its biggest ever collection of new models – from small tractors traditionally used on dairy and other livestock farms to highspec machines with the sort of fingertip controls and technology that larger arable units – and a lot of young drivers – now expect. Jason recently visited the Landini factory in Italy: “It is a truly impressive facility with a clearly dedicated workforce focused on attention to detail,” he said. “Each individual is motivated by a sense of pride and responsibility tied to a detailed quality control process.

“I came away from the visit with a sense of passion and even greater confidence in the Landini brand, and I’m now fully convinced we have the right product made by people who share the same values in partnership with us.” A multitude of new Landini models is transforming a range which starts at 35hp with the popular Mistral heavy-duty compact and goes all the all-new 6 Series four-cylinder tractors and 7 Series six-cylinder models, up to 212hp, with modern features and specification.

Dedication

“Apart from the tractors themselves, the best thing we offer is a dedication to customer service,” said Jason. “We’re not ‘nine ‘til five’ people here; the lads in the workshop start at 7am and finish at 6pm – or later if necessary to get the job done – and my phone is on 24/7. “We do it because we know how critical it is to a farm’s daily routine that tractors and machinery are available for work. “We’re now looking forward to new customers putting us to the test,” he added. For further information contact J A Bloor Agricultural Services Ltd on 01889 507040 or email: jason@jablooragri services.co.uk Pictured, from left: Landini line-up: High-spec 6 Series spans 143-175hp; Powermondial with 102126hp is a typical loader tractor; 5-H Series from 85-113hp

Perfectly sound-proofed, pressurised and air-conditioned, the cab of the 6C tractor offers a comfortable environment for long hours out in the field

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Quick and accurate Model line-up expanded spreading with Vicon

Vicon RotaFlow RO-EDW GEOspread is equipped with two actuators on each dosing unit for quick and accurate spreading.

The Vicon RotaFlow RO-EDW GEOspread is equipped with two actuators on each dosing unit for quick and accurate spreading ing the section control function of the IsoMatch Tellus software which is in the IsoMatch Tellus terminal. The spreader working width is divided

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Company supplies complete JPM range J A Bloor Agricultural Services Ltd supplies a complete range of tractors from JPM Trailers, a market leader in the manufacture and supply of high quality trailers for agricultural and commercial use. No matter what you require, JPM can supply a trailer to suit your application, from moving livestock, carting grain or hauling bales. JPM Trailers has recently secured European Whole Vehicle Type Approval on its range off tandem and tri-axle commercial trailers and semi trailers. Achieving Type Approval means that JPM’s customers can use their trailers safe in the knowledge that they fully comply with all current legislation through out all EU member states. This is the result of signif-

icant investments in R&D and quality systems. JPM manufactures a wide range of livestock trailers for cattle, sheep and pigs, starting with a 16ft tandem axle trailer. All trailers are manufactured on a heavy duty chassis with a steel and aluminium container on top and are fitted with full road lights as standard, dual 215/75R 17.5 wheels as standard. Silage/grain trailers are available in 14ft, 16ft, 18ft , 20ft and 24ft tri-axle models and a choice of air brakes or hydraulic brakes and an optional hydraulic rear door. For greater flexibility the multi-purpose dump trailer combines the abilities of a standard dump trailer with those of a low loader.

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into a minimum of two-metre sections. Not only the spreading width is adjusted, the application rate (kg/min) is also adjusted automatically to match the revised spreading width. This unique combination of working width and application rate adjustment makes the GEOspread system extremely accurate, with minimum influence on the spread pattern coefficient of variation. The Advantages: l Quick and accurate spreading, due to the actuators being directly connected to the discharge point. No linkages. l Stable disc RPM in combination with discharge point adjustment maintains the spreading pattern (coefficient of variation). l Easy operation; no need to step off the tractor to adjust the working width. l 100 per cent ISOBUS compatible for easy operation. l Automatic start/stop with GPS on headlands possible.

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