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KI ...More on previous page A New Holland narrow orchard tractor caught the attention of the team from Mee Farmers, Nassington, near Peterborough. “We were arable farmers and contractors primarily and were considering expanding but opted to diversify into blueberry production,” explained Charlie Mee. “We planted 15ha of blueberries in 2014 and expect a return this year, four years after the plants were put in, so have invested in a New Holland vineyard tractor just 1m wide. Our team is usually 2–3 people but for the blueberry enterprise we need between 4–20 depending on the season as everything is handpicked. We are aiming at quality and premium prices,” he explained. “Previously we used an elderly second-hand tractor but the New Holland will be ideal and a lot of the time will work with a misting sprayer to drench the plants.” The family operates a mixed machinery fleet but bought its first New Holland product - a CR90-80 combine on tracks with a 30ft header in 2013, having been unable to achieve a good enough oilseed rape sample from the previous brand. “The opportunity for a price premium for a better sample meant this became a priority and we looked at what was available and the New Holland proved excellent. Since then we have also bought a New Holland T7-270 Blue Power with Auto Command transmission and this is performing well on our farm and for contracting. “We hadn’t really dealt with Pecks previously but the customer care and back-up means we have no regrets about changing brands. We will definitely consider more New Holland product in the future,” he confirmed. Pictured (l-r) Charlie Mee peter Peter Mee (who says he always reads Farmers Guide and finds the articles and advertising very useful), and Matthew Dalton who will operate the new narrow tractor.

Alicia and Simon Earl are pictured at the event enjoying a cup of tea and inspecting the Honda Pioneer UTV. The family farms at Weston Hills, Lincs and deals with Pecks as the supplier of New Holland machinery for the arable crops. “Pecks is a good dealer with a good range of products,” said Simon. “We deal mainly with Tom Clark and always attend open days as we find them useful and a good opportunity to catch up with the team.”

A Dezeure trailer displayed was similar to a version of which several were supplied last year in the UK. A moving floor minimises damage to fragile vegetables and allows unloading in low buildings. Powered and steering wheels help minimise rutting and soil damage and Kevin Butler explained that two identical trailers supplied in September last year worked through the autumn very successfully transporting beetroot. They are likely to be used for carrots in the spring. An integral turbo cleaner at the rear intercepts crop as it is unloaded, gently removing dirt which is stored on board the trailer within a hopper for hygienic return to the field. “Often vegetable and root crop growers are hiring land and keen to leave it level and tidy for the owners,” commented Kevin. “These trailers reduce soil damage and allow best practise in terms of soil hygiene. We have more on quote currently for biogas companies, and for leeks. In the three years we have represented the brand the trailers have required minimal attention and been almost totally reliable,” he added. Kevin is pictured (left) with Dezeure managing director Siel Himpens.

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Pictured with the Cousins display are (l-r) Cousins, David Howard, Pecks area sales managers Kevin Robinson and Anthony Mottram, and Cousins’ Barry Claxton. Anthony is based at Pecks’ Spalding depot but used to work on his family’s farm where a lot of Cousins’ cultivators were operated, and he said the build quality never failed to impress. “We had a precision seedbed cultivator and that produced a fantastic level seedbed,” he explained. “We also had a V-Form subsoiler and a Patriot cultivator which was excellent. In this area Cousins is seen as a local brand and the high quality fits in well with other franchises such as Larrington and Knight.”

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