28 June 2002

Crowds welcome back premier Scottish event

Scotlands premier agricultural event – the Royal

Highland Show – took place at its Ingliston site last

week. Attracting a sizeable volume of exhibitors, visitors

were able to observe and comment all that was new in

the machinery industry. Andy Collings reports

SCOTLANDS Royal Highland Show is a fixture in the farming calendar year which few of the countrys farmers are prepared to miss, it seems.

A healthy line-up of machinery exhibitors – with an equally healthy selection of new developments – provided the ingredients for what many will agree was a successful event. Particularly so after the enforced cancellation of last year.

Strangely though, for a show that in the past has been dominated by a profusion of new ATV launches – Scotland is one of the UKs largest markets for such machines – there was a complete void in this department. Discerning readers will recall that most ATV manufacturers introduced their new wares earlier this year.

Instead, there was a broad selection of introductions including drills, silage grabs, bale handlers and a chaser-bin.

One piece of business news which coincided with the timing of the show concerned Grays of Fetterangus. The company has agreed to sell its business to the SBF Group with the acquisition being effective from Aug 30.

The brand name Grays will continue with the mainline product line-up manufactured and distributed from SBFs manufacturing resources in Aberdeen. &#42