We wanted to know what owner Guy has to say about recent changes within Agrimec and Country life in general. Who better to question him than his daughter and newest recruit, Sophie.
This year the Cider industry had great successes in relation to their high apple yields. Other than the Arvipo range, are there any other Agrimec products that you would recommend to help aid another successful year?
We can help in a number of ways. We have a range of SFM apple harvesting equipment available – including shakers and blowers. In addition, the Florida and Hardi range of mist blowers will help to keep disease under control, greatly improving yields, and therefore margins, for the coming season. For pruning we stock products from Pellenc and Silky, as well as Arvipo, which are great for cutting down time and labour costs. For larger jobs I recommend the Rinieri tractor mounted pruners for shaping the trees and keeping growth under control. Finally, Perfect do a fantastic range of flails and rotary mowers, such as the very efficient DR 440, and fruit graders, for crops such as cherries. All of the above machinery and equipment can be bought from us.
Can you explain how my choice of products stocked in the shop means we are now more equipped to cater to the animal farming industry?
Some of the consumables you are stocking like feeding bottles, castration rings, and ear tags will help the local livestock farmers as they will not have to travel so far to purchase these goods at competitive prices. Along with the electric fencing equipment, water fittings and troughs we hope that we can give the livestock farmer a great service.
Lots of people that have been in to the shop have been discussing the change in ‘Grandfather Rights’. Can you explain what these changes are and how Agrimec can provide essential equipment to help people keep spraying safely within the new legislation?
The law is changing later this year so that all sprayer operators will have to have a qualification to operate a sprayer. Prior to this if you were over a certain age you were able to operate a sprayer without this qualification. For anybody having to take this test we can supply all the safety equipment needed i.e. coveralls, facemasks, gloves etc. that is needed. We can also carry out NSTS MOT’s on any type of agricultural, horticultural or amenity sprayer.
How have you catered for the younger farmer?
Agrimec has always supported the Young Farmers via membership and sponsorship. In addition, we now offer current YFC members 5% discount in the shop and are always very happy to help with advice whenever needed. If you are a young farmer come and talk to us.
Finally, we are all excited about the fact that we are a Suzuki ATV dealership. How do you think that our customers could benefit from having a Quad Bike?
A quad bike is a very versatile machine. It will cut down on time taken on all sorts of jobs from fencing to feeding livestock. It reduces damage to pastures where used instead of a tractor or other larger vehicle and saves on fuel costs.