Lincs open day success for long-established dealer The annual G&J Peck Ltd open day returned to its usual Spalding, Lincs venue this year, following its relocation to Cambridgeshire in 2017 to celebrate the opening of the dealer’s new Ely depot. David Williams was there. Representing New Holland as G&J Peck, and Case IH and JCB under the Pecks AgriTrac trading name, the dealer has five branches in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk from which it also represents major implement and accessory brands to suit its varied customer base. Serving one of the largest vegetable and root crop growing areas in the UK means there is a sales and service department dedicated to the industry. Potato and root crop planting and harvesting machinery manufacturer AVR has its UK headquarters at Peck’s Spalding branch. Dezeure, which manufactures specialist trailers for root crop, salad and vegetable transport is also represented in the UK by Pecks as the official importer. Krone and Amazone are major brands available through Pecks AgriTrac and additional franchises include Claydon Drills, Knight, Cousins, Sulky, Garford, Abrey Agricultural, Stocks, Honda, and Teagle.
Brand new to the dealer is Larrington Trailers, manufactured in Lincolnshire and displayed for the first time at the open day. Managing director Ian Loversidge said he was delighted by the response again this year. “I am pleased to report that the farming community has supported us in another successful company New Products Open Day at our Spalding depot on Thursday 15th February. We had a good turnout with over 700 customers coming through the gates. This generated an increase in orders taken on the day over last year’s event, and many new sales enquiries. “We were well supported by representatives from all our main franchises who were on hand to discuss features and benefits of their machinery with customers,” he added. “Our next big event is the Norfolk Show on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June, where we look forward to welcoming our customers to a larger stand in our usual location.”
Larrington Trailers was represented for the first time since being taken on by the dealer in January. Already 14 trailers have been ordered, many of which have been sold, and the dealer has a selection for demonstration, available from several depots. “We needed a quality, top-end trailer to offer customers and Larrington fits the bill perfectly,” explained director Jon Wareing. “Across our area 16t grain trailers remain our bread and butter product, and our decision to take on the brand has proved popular with potential users.” Jon said high-speed axles are standard and demand is for trailers of all sizes and shapes although flat beds for pallets and vegetable boxes as well as grain and root crop trailers are supplied in the highest numbers. Larrington’s long-established Majestic trailers feature a traditional build but at the open day a newer Harvester trailer was shown, with a modern half-pipe shape body and featuring a 6mm floor, 4mm sides and supplied standard with a single ram, commercial axles and drawbar suspension. Pictured with the Harvester trailer are (l-r) Larrington sales manager Simon Baxter, Jon Wareing and Richard Larrington.
Abrey Agricultural is the UK importer for Ziegler products and managing director Toby Abrey is pictured with one of the company’s popular combine header trailers. “With four wheel-steer it follows the tractor wheels precisely making it ideal for tight spaces,” explained Toby. “Demand is especially high in areas where there are narrow lanes and gateways but actually most farms have some field access points which are difficult to negotiate and these trailers solve the problem. Ziegler supplies headers to New Holland and Case IH so there is already a strong relationship with dealers for the brands but we can supply for all makes of combine and the largest headers,” he said. Features include a lockable toolbox; ideal for storing the Ziegler side-knife and a simple locking system which quickly locates and secures the header as it is lowered onto the trailer. Options include 20 or 40kph axles. Brakes are on the front axle of 20kph models and on all four wheels on 40kph versions and we also offer cheaper fixed-axle models, although demand is almost entirely for the higher specification, he added. Ziegler also manufactures maize headers and cultivation equipment available through dealers from Abrey Agricultural.
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Pecks precision farming specialist Andrew Burton reported considerable interest in the latest Trimble XEN1050 display and Nav900 combined antenna and receiver. “Most farmers investing in new tractors are specifying ‘guidance-ready’ now,” he explained. “The FM750 screen is especially popular as it can be purchased for basic light bar guidance, but as additional features are needed these can be unlocked through firmware updates.”
The New Holland indoor sales area was busy throughout the day.
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