The annual open day held by Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire New Holland, JCB and Case IH main dealer G&J Peck Ltd
The annual open day held by Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire New Holland, JCB and Case IH main dealer G&J Peck Ltd at its Spalding, Lincs depot in February, attracted superb support from customers and suppliers.
The 2016 annual open day by G&J Peck Ltd included displays of all its major brands and attracted customers from across its trading area.
The event was considered a resounding success by the dealer’s sales teams as it generated requests for demonstrations and resulted in orders for new and used machinery.
All the dealer’s main brands, sold through its G&J Peck and Pecks AgriTrac sales divisions, were represented and on display were the latest products, including several which had only recently been launched.
Some of the JCB machinery displayed at the event.
Pecks AgriTrac sales director Jon Wareing commented; “The JCB sales team had a very busy and successful day with orders taken for a wide range of JCB and other brand machinery. The 4000 series Fastrac attracted a great deal of attention with many new enquiries and demonstrations booked. A successful addition to the range, 40 units have been sold by Pecks since it became available in late 2015. New Tier 4-final mid-range Loadalls were also displayed and the product updates have been well received.”
Pecks AgriTrac Case IH brand manager Wayne Cottam said manufacturer and dealer staff were busy throughout the day. “The open day saw another excellent turn out from new and existing customers, and from the off, the AgriTrac team received a good level of orders, from mowers and trailers to high spec Amazone spreaders and new Case IH tractors. The day also produced many new enquiries for the team to follow up, which resulted in subsequent tractor orders during the following weeks, continuing into March,” he said. “There were many requests for demonstrations of the new Optum tractor and, once the weather improved, we were able to get the tractor into the field to showcase its merits. We received great feedback following these demonstrations, in particular highlighting the good ride quality, cab layout and excellent performance, as well as its versatility.
“Our thanks go to the representatives from Case IH and Amazone as well as our other machinery suppliers, who were in attendance on the day and provided invaluable support to the team,” he added.
Pecks’ New Holland sales manager and director Stewart Barnett was delighted with the response to the latest products on show. “A great deal of interest surrounded the New Holland Tier4B tractors with very good levels of enquiries on the new T7-HD tractors and the Blue Power 225 AutoCommand. We have concluded a number of new tractor deals already as a result of customers being able to view the latest model updates and we now have a backlog of demonstrations to complete, particularly of the T7.315HD Blue Power Tractor and the T7.225 AC Blue Power that arrived with us in late March. We expect to conclude some more deals once the product gets put to work in spring drilling and planting activities on farm.”
Also attracting interest at the event were New Holland balers and a large rectangular baler deal was concluded shortly after the open day following a visit to the Zedelgem factory by the dealer, with a party of 12 customers.
There was considerable interest in the entire Krone portfolio from small grassland machines to the Big X product for which interest centered around maize harvesting for AD plants.
“It was a really worthwhile day from our perspective, and we would like to thank all the customers who made the time to attend,” said Edward Roach, who joined the company earlier this year to help look after the JCB, Case IH and Krone brands.
Claydon Drills’ staff were kept particularly busy with strong interest in the new Terrastar Cultivator that will help growers generate a shallow tilth at high speed prior to drilling, without creating compaction or bringing up unwanted wet clods. “A demonstration unit will be available to show to our customers this Spring,” commented Stewart, “and with customers mindful of crop establishment costs, the Claydon drill created a lot of discussion at the event, with several demonstrations booked for this Spring.”
Drill and plough demos
Sulky UK showed a range of drills and fertiliser spreaders, with support from the new Sulky UK staff, based at Bourne, Lincs. “The Xeos Pro combination drill is now recognised as probably the most versatile drill available to handle crop residue and operate in difficult conditions,” pointed out Stewart, “and following subsequent demonstrations we have been able to secure new drill orders.”
Rabe was showcased at the event with new ploughs and there was considerable interest in the new on-land and in-furrow mounted plough, which was recently added to the range. Demonstrations are available through the dealer on a range of ploughs with the support of the Bourne-based team from Rabe UK, said Stewart.
“We would like to extend our thanks to all the suppliers and our customers that made the day a huge success,” he added.
Peck’s has recently been appointed a Teagle main stocking dealer. “We have made a significant investment in stocks of parts and machines so customers can expect the same levels of availability and back-up as for our other major brands,” explained Peck’s Simon Dack who looks after the Teagle brand and is based at the Dereham, Norfolk depot. “At the open day the wide range of flail mowers attracted considerable interest. Offset flails are especially popular in our trading area and a full range is available from light to heavy duty and for groundscare to commercial applications. The company’s straw choppers were also popular at the open day as farmers like the build quality and reliability they are known for.”
Nigel (left) and Callum Bates of J Bates & Son are pictured at the open day with one of the new Fastracs. Farmers and contractors from Whittlesey, Cambs, they operate a wide range of JCB and New Holland products supplied by Peck’s.