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Positive feel to Lincolnshire dealer open day

The 2014 annual open day at G&J Peck Ltd took place in late February at its Lincolnshire depot

The 2014 annual open day organised by New Holland, JCB and Case IH main dealer G&J Peck Ltd took place in late February at its Spalding, Lincolnshire depot. David Williams was there. The open day took place in late February at Pecks Spalding depot. G&J Peck has branches at Spalding and Mareham le Fen, Lincolnshire and at Ramsey and Ely in Cambridgeshire. The head office branch at Ely has held the JCB franchise for many years but has recently taken on the Case IH franchise too, representing the brand across part of Cambridgeshire. Another branch in the county, at Ramsey, represents New Holland and JCB, and from Mareham le Fen JCB and Case IH machinery is supplied. At Spalding all three main brands are available. News at the open day included an announcement by the dealer that it is taking on additional premises in Norfolk; I am pleased to announce that in addition to our JCB satellite depot at Harpley in Norfolk we have now acquired premises at Dereham in order to open a new JCB depot. This new facility will supply additional sales, parts and service support to the Norfolk farming community, explains G&J Peck managing director Ian Loversidge, and we will keep customers updated via the pages of Farmers Guide regarding progress of the new depot. Above: The line-up of new, ex-hire and ex-demonstration New Holland tractors outside attracted interest throughout the day. The annual open day attracts visitors from across East Anglia to see the wide range of new products displayed, and there are many special offers available to tempt prospective customers. Ex-demonstration and used equipment was on display and priced to sell and Pecks staff reported interest throughout the day. With arable, mixed and livestock farms in the area served, as well as specialist vegetable producers there is a wide range of products available from the dealer, and its expertise and standard of after sales service provided to its customers is well-respected. Rain just about held off for the day encouraging a record turnout of over 1,000 customers and there was an air of optimism that the daily rain showers were soon to give way to drier weather providing an opportunity to carry out field tasks. Stewart trailers have been supplied by the dealer for approximately 10 years, general purpose bulk trailers popular for cereals as well as root crops, and Pecks JCB sales director Jon Wareing explained their appeal; They are a real quality product and after-sales service from the manufacturer is superb. We moved to Stewart from another brand for the improved back-up as well as the companys expertise in manufacturing high-speed trailers, which is important for many of our customers using Fastracs. Stewart area sales manager Colin Smith is pictured (left) with Jon Wareing and one of the latest trailers, a 1621X with 16t or 21m3 capacity and which has a buck manufactured from Hardox steel offering extra strength and reduced weight compared to standard steel versions.  New and existing customers visited the open day, some travelling from well outside the dealers usual trading area. A superb display of products from New Holland, Case IH and JCB along with many of the implement franchises was in the workshop area which also boasted the traditional hog roast. AVR has its UK headquarters and stores at Pecks Spalding depot and several recently-launched products were displayed. Pecks AVR sales manager Kevin Butler said the open day was a big success with considerable interest in both new and established equipment and orders had been taken during the morning for a new-model Puma plus self-propelled potato harvester and the same customer also ordered a new Ceres 4-row planter. The new 4-row Puma plus is replacing two AVR trailed harvesters, a 2-row and a 3-row.
The new 2014-model Puma plus has many improvements including a new Claas cab as well as more efficient handling and cleaning and the Ceres planter, which was tested extensively in Belgium, Holland and France prior to its launch late last year has a new parallelogram linkage which ensures even planting depth, explained Kevin. A larger radius cup feed belt system allows faster operation and the rear hood is actively controlled with hydraulic adjustment linked to a camera which ensures even covering of the tubers. Kevin is pictured (left) with AVR sales manager Tom Lootens. Garford sales specialist George Hall is pictured at the open day with a camera-guided in-row weeder. These have proved very popular with growers in this area, he said. They are designed mainly for brassicas and lettuces and we offer working widths from 215 rows. We have considerable interest from abroad too, and are working on a larger 18-row version to meet demand for wider work widths. This range of hydraulic-driven weeders was introduced in about 2005 and developments since then have included faster work rates through improved interaction between the camera and the hoes. Area sales manager for ALO Tim Lowden is pictured with one of the companys front loaders. This sort of loader is the bread and butter in this area, he explained. Designed for larger tractors from about 120hp there is considerable demand from vegetable growers for loading and handling boxes as well as for use on cereal farms. Suspension is standard and with the large amount of road work on bumpy fen roads this makes a lot of difference to the ride comfort and saves wear and tear on the tractor. We are seeing increased demand for loaders for larger tractors, particularly from those carrying out lime spreading and bale handling, as modern high speed transmissions allow tractors equipped with loaders to load and transport materials. At the open day were two Knight self-propelled sprayers; an 1835 with a 180hp power unit and 3,500-litre tank and a larger 2050 model, with a 200hp engine and 5,000 litres capacity, both of which are popular with users in the area. The latest Muller touch-screen terminal; the Touch 1200 was displayed and is offered by Knight as an optional upgrade from the standard Muller Basic terminal. Advantages, says the company, include a versatile screen arrangement making it easy to bring up different views and allowing different function groups all to be controlled from one screen. The screen can also control the application rate of two separate products at the same time. We have been offering the new screen since mid-2013, said Knight managing director Brian Knight, and users have commented that they find it useful having multiple functions on the one screen.
The Touch 1200 screen adds 1,200 over the Comfort controller but Brian said demand for more efficient control systems is increasing. We have Canbus control standard now on all our machines and demand for Isobus is growing as users look for better performance with extra flexibility, he said. Brian is pictured (right) with Knight sales manager David Main. AtlasFram was discussing benefits it offers its members, and attracting special interest were the deals it has available for Case IH and Amazone machinery. Those considering purchasing new machinery are keen to know about what deals we have available, and the price advantages we have to offer are generally well-received, explained AtlasFram machinery buyer Simon Scott. We also have some new rebate schemes with additional suppliers which we will be announcing shortly, he said. Pictured trying out the JCB Fastrac 2170 cab for size were visitors to the open day; Eron Bird (left) and Bexie Browne, who had come with their grandfather, a local farmer and customer of G&J Pecks. A brand new JCB Fastrac at the open day was awaiting delivery to its new owner; RJ Wright Ltd of Sutton St Edmund, Lincs. The family-owned company was set up by the late Robert Wright and is now run by his wife, Deborah, assisted by her son George. The 160ha (400 acre) arable farm also provides a contracting service, specialising in transporting and applying waste water, most of which is from the vegetable processing industry. My late husband found the Fastracs ideal for our business, explained Deborah. We use the Fastracs on the farm as well as for contracting and have traded in a 3190 and a 2135 for the new 2170 which will perform tasks carried out by both previous machines. The Fastracs have always been reliable with no major problems and we know if any issues do arise we have excellent back-up available from Pecks. Robert dealt with Peck’s sales director, Jon Wareing at the Ramsey depot years ago, and he always looked after us well, so we have maintained the relationship and continue to receive excellent service, she said.
The waste water is spread or injected, depending on ground conditions and Deborah explained that the family farm is on heavy ground but light land is rented for water application. Sludge is also transported and applied and waste not suitable for land application is transported for industrial use.
Pictured are Jon Wareing, Deborah Wright and George Wright who was checking out the new tractor. The new Ferri T500G hedgecutter was displayed by importer, Reco. It was launched at the Lamma show and features a neoprene tank. Traditional steel tanks can get very hot during extended use and the neoprene tank is a significant safety feature, explained Reco south-eastern regional sales manager David Parsons, who is pictured with the new machine. The new hedgecutter has proportional electro-hydraulic controls and an oil cooler allowing a smaller tank to be used. There is only the one model currently available in the new design and it has a 5.0m parallel linkage and a 1.2m head and is suitable for tractors of approximately 80hp.
Its hydraulic-driven rotor makes it ideal for use in wet environments, and we expect it to be popular, he added. On hand to provide expert advice at the open day was the Pecks AgriTrac team, responsible for Case IH products; (l-r) Trevor Shaw, Philip Stephenson, Anthony Ashman, Case IH area sales manager Barry Ward, Wayne Cottam, Kevin Robinson and Mel Neale. The recent months of wet weather have highlighted the need for efficient field drainage and the Professional Drain Jetter on display by Mitchell-Rowlands was generating many enquiries. Farmers have invested heavily in machinery for working on top of the soil in recent years, commented Graham Mitchell-Rowlands (left), but many drains and ditches have been neglected. Large areas of agricultural land are not draining effectively as a result. We have several models of drain jetter available to suit individual situations and our top-of-the-range Professional model is priced at 23,000 and is manufactured to a high specification making it easy to use and very effective.
Pictured with Graham is farmer and contractor Henry Robinson of JB Robinson & Son, who farms near Spalding. We bought a drain jetter from Mitchell-Rowlands in September having had demonstrations of various models. We found the Mitchell-Rowlands’ machine well-designed and well made which is why we selected the brand. It has been used a lot during the winter, on our own land as well as for other local farms and our contract drain clearing work has increased greatly as word gets around. It doesnt seem to have been out of use at all since we bought it, either on our own farm or on land farmed by others, he said. Henry said that due to demand for the service the business has already decided to upgrade to the Professional version. It has features making it easier to use with one operator, such as wireless remote control, and with the amount of work we have for it now, the extra specification is clearly justified, he said. We have seen a real difference on our own land since we jetted the drains. Where there were boggy patches in fields, we have jetted those drains and found blockages, and having cleared them the land is much better within just a few days. The Amazone franchise was taken on by Pecks in 2011, a selection of products displayed by the dealer for the first time at its open day that year. Sales developed quickly and Amazone area sales manager Rupert Batho commented; Since taking on the Amazone product range Pecks has been successful with our complete product range and from a standing start it has quickly become one of our largest dealers in the UK. Pictured in front of the new Pantera 4502 self-propelled sprayer are Pecks and Amazone specialists; (l-r) Rupert Batho, Rob Watson, Trevor Brocklesby, Wayne Cottam, Anthony Ashman and Chris Bendall. A large area of the workshop had been converted into a showroom for New Holland products for the open day and along with sales and technical staff from the dealer, there were specialists from New Holland on hand to answer questions. Pictured in front of the New Holland display are manufacturer and dealer staff; (l-r) Mark Howell, Chris Mackman, Paul Roberts, Stewart Barnett, Geoff Pepper and David Blore. The Award for best Precision Farming Performance, was presented to G&J Peck for its precision farming equipment sales during 2013. Two years ago the dealer announced its investment in an extensive RTK transmitter network for its customers and the resulting increase in sales of guidance equipment meant the dealer sold more units than any other New Holland UK dealer. Most of our sales are for high-end systems, and we sell many FM750 screens linked with RTK, explained Pecks engineer specialising in GPS systems, Andrew Burton who is pictured with some of the equipment on offer. Pictured with the New Holland award are (l-r) New Holland area sales manager Paul Roberts with Pecks staff; Richard Clay, Stewart Barnett and Andrew Burton.


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