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Bargam manufactures mounted, trailed and self-propelled sprayers and its popular mounted range includes tank capacities from 300–1,600 litres and boom widths from 6–30m. “We are one of the few manufacturers offering 30m mounted sprayers,” explained James Dixon, who is managing director of Cleveland Crop Sprayers which imports the brand. “Rear fold booms offer great versatility for contractors, with one sprayer capable of operating at 18, 24 or 30m to suit the needs of customers.” The Bargam trailed range is from 2,000–6,000 litres with 12–42m booms and includes a range of specification levels. The Elios 3,000-litre models are cost-effective and popular with those moving up from mounted sprayers. Tracking steering, operating through the linkage arms is simple and effective. Computer rate control with auto-rate control available as an upgrade, and triple nozzles increasing flexibility makes the sprayer excellent value at just £29,000, James points out. “We supply large numbers of sprayers from across the range through Rickerby branches and demand is equally spread between those using them for grassland and arable work,” he added. “Three self-propelled sprayers have been sold too, mainly for vegetable and cereals applications and they are performing well, generating excellent feedback from users.” Pictured (l-r) are James, Rickerby Bowburn branch sales specialist Richard Eggleston and Cleveland Crop Sprayers parts specialist Logan Howie.
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Will Chrystal (left) trades as W Chrystal & Partners at Wingate Grange Farm, Wingate, Co Durham. The mixed farm has 105ha (260 acres) of arable cropping and 48ha (120 acres) of grass. A pedigree herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle is housed in a new building to accommodate 150 head of suckler cows plus followers. The purpose-designed housing is equipped with an IAE handling system, supplied through Rickerby and feeding is through a new Abbey Feeder 1250 mixer wagon which Will describes as a ‘great tool’. “We use Rickerby for a lot of our farm equipment,” he explained. “We have had Claas products since my father used Renault tractors previously, and although I believe there is not a great deal of difference between most main brands these days, we receive great service from Rickerby’s Bowburn branch which has a great team. I did test several makes of feeder before deciding on the Abbey but the efficiency of the chop was the main difference. The whole demonstration was stronger and the Abbey stood out, blending a feed mix up to 15 minutes quicker than its competitors and that time saving is useful to us.” Will is pictured (left) with Rickerby Bowburnbased Richard Eggleston.
Opico managing director James Woolway reported a very successful event with orders taken for several machines and many follow up enquiries. “Grassland maintenance is a high priority for many farmers and, as well as helping Rickerby staff deal with many enquiries, we took orders for Grass Rollers, Sward Lifters and Sward Slitters at the event,” he said. “There was also considerable interest in He-Va front presses, needed in time for spring drilling and the Sward Rejuvinator for grass reseeding this spring.” Rickerby sales specialist Paul Scandle is based at the dealer’s Hexham branch and explained that wet weather and waterlogged soils had made the ground susceptible to compaction causing farmers to seek solutions to deal with the problem. “The Opico Sward Slitter is excellent,” he said, “and is proving very successful and Opico grass rollers achieve a superb result and are popular with larger farms and contractors.” Pictured (l-r) are Opico technical support manager for north of England and Scotland David Mein, Opico marketing assistant Taryn Cochran, Paul Scandle and James Woolway.
Contractor and farmer Alan Gill is based at Ireby, Cumbria and is pictured (right) with Richard Burroughs who helps out on the farm. The family farm is mixed, with stock including beef cattle and sheep. Alan said the contracting operation offers most services except combine harvesting. Most of the work is grass-based and a 12-month-old Claas Jaguar 860 forage harvester replaced a 2-year-old 860. Over the past 12 seasons, four Jaguars have been owned. “It’s just a good machine,” he explained. “The secondhand values are right allowing us to update at reasonable cost. Claas has been making them a long time and knows what it is doing. We haven’t felt the need to try other makes because Claas is so good, and the dealer looks after us very well,” he added. Other Claas products used include mowers and rakes and Rickerby also supplies McConnel hedgecutters to the family business. “We enjoy great service from Rickerby, dealing mainly with Stephen Mitchell at the Penrith branch. We look after customers mainly within a 30-mile radius of our base and the back-up from Rickerby is just what we need to offer a reliable service.”
Sales director Martyn Henderson said the 2017 event was very successful with orders taken across the brands and included sundries, all sorts of implements and investment in larger machines too.
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