Agrispares have established a reputation over the past 20 years for selling top grade agricultural parts and identified an opportunity in the early 1990s for specialist parts to fit self propelled forage harvesters and ancillary harvesting equipment. In the early years supplies were primarily obtained from competitive European based manufacturers geared to the specific ranges of machines targeted at the European markets. Many high quality spares were then available in the massive USA market but the machine differences at the time meant that the parts were often not relevant to UK farmers. machinery has created one range of totally integrated machines for the European and US markets. Historically markets have been separate with different machine ranges. This has now all changed, with machine commonality rather like the massive automotive markets. European made harvesting machines eg. Claas are now seeking volume sales in USA and American made harvesters eg John Deere Inc. are sold in substantial numbers in Euro zone. This economy of scale provides an excellent opportunity to supply the UK market with competitively priced spares that are sourced worldwide enabling UK operators to benefit from the economies of scale and competitiveness of some larger overseas markets.
The Globalisation of agricultural crops and associated harvesting machinery has created one range of totally integrated machines for the European and US markets. Historically markets have been separate with different machine ranges. This has now all changed, with machine commonality rather like the massive automotive markets. European made harvesting machines eg. Claas are now seeking volume sales in USA and American made harvesters eg John Deere Inc. are sold in substantial numbers in Euro zone. This economy of scale provides an excellent opportunity to supply the UK market with competitively priced spares that are sourced worldwide enabling UK operators to benefit from the economies of scale and competitiveness of some larger overseas markets.
J & S HAY Birsay Orkney
Marty Hay runs a farming and contracting business covering the full spectrum of operations on Orkney mainland and some of the outer isles with his brother. They farm 350 acres and cover 2200 acres of whole job, silaging, 1000 acres combining as well as ploughing, drilling, umbilical slurry spreading, big square and round baling operations.
They employ 5 full time staff and run a fleet of JD & NH tractors, Class 820 forager and two NH TC combines.
Maintaining tight control over machinery operating costs especially depreciation, fuel, spares and repairs is a key factor in business profitability.
Raby Contract Services Garstang Lancs
Chris Raby runs a farming and diverse contracting business covering North Lancashire in partnership with his father and brother from Cabus Nook Farm Garstang Lancs. Chris’s father John was one of the first customers to purchase parts for Self propelled foragers back in 1990 when they operated a John Deere 5820. Since those days they have operated nearly all the colours of harvester regularly using Agrispares not just for their competitive prices but also their technical expertise . Business operations include full range of grass, maize and wholecrop silaging operations and arable operations along with HGV and low loader hire and municipal contracting. Machinery fleet consists of Fendt, & NH tractors, Claas 860 forage harvester and NH TX combine operated by 5 full time staff including a full time fitter and maintenance engineer.
Chris considers that the continual cycle of increasing machinery investment and depreciation to be the major threat to net profitability and tries to ensure that machinery is competitively purchased and that the income rates match the level of investment made.
PLG Farm Supplies
PLG FARM SUPPLIES owned by Paul Gunther covers a large area of Norfolk and is another business that has purchased parts for their harvesting machinery regularly and run a large contracting business specialising in silage harvesting and muck spreading operations alongside their farm inputs business which has filled the void created by the former Eastern Counties Farmers co-operative business. Paul has been a long standing supporter of Agrispares first using their services in the early 1990’s and uses them regularly to help ensure that cost effective machinery operations which Paul considers to be a major / factor in business profitability.
JC Lane and Son
One of the furthest south customers is Stephen Lane of JC Lane and Son who is located at Helston and covers from Lands End to Truro specialising in grass and wholecrop foraging operations together with combining, muck spreading and hedge trimming. Stephen does most of the machine servicing himself and relies on seasonal sub contract help during busy periods, Stephen seeks to keep his equipment up to date and well maintained as a key factor and major challenge in long term business profitability.
One of the most progressive forward thinking customers that Agrispares deals with is the current chairman of the National Association of Agricultural Contractors. Mike Simpson from Winterborne Kingston generally operates within 20 miles of his base offering grassland related services and also offers an arable service in conjunction with Jim Farquharson under the Pro Ag services banner, Mike was awarded a Nuffield scholarship in 2000 and travelled widely in Europe and the USA studying, he also won the Farmers Weekly Contractor of the year award in 2007. Mike runs JD & Fendt tractors, JCB shovel, Claas 870 harvester Krone balers and various other slurry and tillage equipment and has a core staff of 4 operators. In common with many contractors Mike seeks to maintain tight control of machine operating costs by regular servicing and maintenance by his own staff. The supply of high quality parts delivered direct to the workshop on a next day basis at a competitive price is a vital part of the operation.