In our latest round-up of everything from the world of dealers and franchises, there have been a few notable sales agreements and acquisitions by well-known brands.
Ripon Farm Services
Established machinery dealer Ripon Farm Services is due to expand following the purchase of neighbouring John Deere dealer RBM Agricultural.
The two companies will merge and trade as Ripon Farm Services, with all 84 staff of RBM being retained. The merger will give Ripon a presence in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
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Fabdec has been appointed as the main dealer for Allflex’s automated milking parlours and SenseHub livestock monitoring systems. Shropshire-based Fabdec will provide sales, installation and support throughout a UK network of sub-dealers.
Staffordshire-based JA Bloor Agri Services has been added to Kubota’s growing dealer network.
Covering Staffordshire, Derbyshire and the surrounding area, the dealership will take on the sub-50hp tractors along with Kubota’s larger M-series and RTV range.
Loader specialist Bobcat has appointed Grays Machinery, based in Beadle, as its new dealer for North and West Yorkshire. It will be responsible for the sales and service of skid-steers and compact loaders, mini excavators and telehandlers/attachments.
Further south, AMS Bobcat based in Scunthorpe has had its area extended to include South Yorkshire, alongside its current stomping grounds of Lincolnshire and the east of Yorkshire.
Agrifac takes on Hardi
On 1 March Agrifac’s UK sales arm took over the business of Hardi UK, with both brands owned by parent company EXEL Industries Group.
The two firms will continue to trade separately, with Agrifac providing local support – consisting of sales, marketing, service, parts, finance and administration – for Hardi machines.
Spare part support will be taken care of by Hardi North until June to avoid any glitches in the supply chain.
Agco brand Massey Ferguson is celebrating the 125-year anniversary of it longest-serving machinery dealer, Peacock and Binnington.
Based in Brigg, north Lincolnshire, it sells the full line-up of MF machines and is one of the brand’s top four sellers in the UK.
To celebrate, Massey will be building 125 individually numbered limited-edition tractors with anniversary badges and black bonnets, exclusively available to Peacock and Binnington customers. The dealership has also produced a gold-coloured 7726S as a flagship for the year of celebrations.
South-west dealer C&O Tractors has expanded its Opico range with the addition of He-Va cultivation kit and Sky drills, available to its customers across Dorset, Wiltshire, West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The decision by R Hunt Agricultural Engineers to cut ties with KV kit has meant that C&O Tractors will now sell the implements from more of its depots covering the vacant area.
Products will continue to be sold through its Funtington, West Sussex depot, in addition to them now being available at its Newport, Isle of Wight and Wilton, Salisbury branches, too.