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14.11

Find a Professional Agricultural Contractor

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has launched a new, revitalised website at www.naac.co.uk, featuring an improved, easy to navigate ‘Find a Contractor’ area. Finding a professional contractor has never been simpler, with all NAAC members on the website having appropriate insurance cover and agreeing to comply with an NAAC Code of Conduct. The […]

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14.11

Record graduation for CLAAS apprentices

The success of the CLAAS Apprenticeship scheme was evident at the recent graduation where a record number of apprentices received their Graduation certificates A total of 25 young technicians received their certificates at the Graduation Ceremony held at the CLAAS Training Academy at Saxham. Of these, 21 students were studying for the CLAAS Agricultural Technician […]

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14.11

BAGMA at SALTEX 2018

Well-established at the NEC now after the trauma surrounding the move from its traditional Windsor Racecourse venue, the IOG’s SALTEX-2018 show this year had a good feel about it with a steady stream of visitors on both days and exhibitors reporting good inquiries. One BAGMA member, Guy Overton, even said he was “very busy”. As […]

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13.11

The CLIMMAR-Index: the business cycle of European Ag machinery dealers at a glance

During their annual congress in October 2018 in Prague, 15 national members associations experienced a world premiere, when the new “CLIMMAR-Index” was shown for the first time. The index describes the current dealers and service situation in nearly 19.000 companies in 16 members-countries at a glance in just one single number. The new CLIMMAR-Index is […]

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13.11

Making Tax Digital – How will it affect your business?

With less than a year to go, bira approved service partners, TaxAssist Accountants highlight what you need to know about Making Tax Digital for Business, and guide you through what steps to take to prepare for the change. HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) ambition is for the UK to become one of the most digitally […]

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17.10

CLIMMAR Congress Overview

At the CLIMMAR congress, a new project group dedicated to the garden machinery branch premiered. Another premiere, a world premiere even, was the launch of the CLIMMAR branch index. The new garden machinery branch project group will focus on creating branch reports that reflect the economic situation and trends for garden machinery dealer’s business and […]

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17.10

OPEI Issues Statement on Expansion of E15 Sales to Year-Round announcement by President Trump

Bio Ethanol Fuel On 9 October 2018, President Donald Trump moved to make it easier to sell more ethanol in vehicle fuel, delivering a victory to corn farmers and biofuel producers in the USA that could translate to long-term market gains. Trump said he had signed a memo telling the Environmental Protection Agency to lift […]

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16.10

Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) 2018 conference to focus on knowledge exchange in agricultural engineering

Conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Carlton House, London SW1Y 5DG on Tuesday 6 November 2018 Successful collaboration between industry and research institutions is crucial to bring new technologies and innovations into the agricultural supply chain. This conference will explore positive engineering partnerships between industry, research and academia. The conference is for everyone […]

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16.10

SALTEX 2018: Pre-registrations up & outdoor demos a sell out

Event organisers have reported a significant increase in pre-show visitor registration ahead of SALTEX 2018, which takes place at The NEC, Birmingham on 31 October – 01 November. It certainly is encouraging times for the show which will be celebrating its 73rd anniversary. Since moving to the NEC, the show has grown steadily in terms […]

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15.10

BREXIT | What happens to employee rights if there is no deal?

Concerns have been mounting as we head towards March 2019 without clear signs that a Brexit deal with the EU can be reached. The government has taken the step of publishing a series of guidance in the event that a deal cannot be struck.  In its ‘Workplace rights if there’s no Brexit deal’ document, the […]

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18.09

Royal Honour for R T Machinery

BAGMA member R T Machinery has been awarded a Royal Warrant for supplying and servicing groundcare equipment Family-run R T Machinery Ltd began serving the Royal Household and the Queen in 2001 – when it started trading. The Buckinghamshire dealer held an open day on the 5th September for their customers and suppliers. The day […]

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18.09

David Kirschner and Peter Arrand to help shape new T-level qualifications

9 employer-led panels have been announced this week which will shape the new T-level programmes in Animal Care and Management; Agriculture, Land Management and Production; Human Resources; Management and Administration; Catering; Craft and Design; Cultural Heritage and Visitor Attractions; Media, Broadcast and Production; and Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics which will be first taught from 2022. […]

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18.09

Tool Sharpening Scam Returns, Dealers be Aware

The tool sharpening thugs seem to be back in action, this time in the Plymouth area. As we’ve previously done, members are advised not to engage with this gang and to report any approaches to their local police. Sadly, and despite the number of reported incidents it seems very difficult to get the police involved […]

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17.09

New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger

ANNOUNCEMENT – New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger The Hunt and Smales families are very pleased to announce that as of this week an agreement has been reached whereby R Hunt Ltd and New Forest Farm Machinery Ltd will merge to form a new company, Hunt Forest Group. New Forest Farm Machinery is […]

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13.08

An update on the Vnuk issue…

BAGMA have been reporting on the Vnuk case for well over a year now. The main issue relates to the insurance of vehicles that are used off the public highway and the outcome could have a dramatic effect on all highway activities and insurance premiums. In recent years, we have reported on the threat posed […]

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13.08

AL-KO Gardentech Strengthens International Market Position

In order to strengthen its international market position, the German AL-KO Gardentech will acquire the English garden machinery supplier and BAGMA member Rochford as on 1 August 2018, subject to completion. The parties agreed on confidentiality regarding the financial terms. Rochford, based in Wincanton, England, is one of UK´s leading Garden Machinery suppliers in the […]

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10.08

Adam Wyatt, Product Technical Manager, Valtra UK and EIRE

We are pleased to announce that as of June 18, 2018, Adam Wyatt has assumed the role of Product Technical Manager, Valtra UK and EIRE reporting to Jaakko Liukko, Manager, Field Service, Valtra EME. Adam Wyatt is responsible for managing, directing and coordinating the activities of the Field Service and Technical Helpdesk team. Work in […]

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10.08

New Innovation Hub at SALTEX 2018

We’ll be attending SALTEX on October 31 and November 1 New for 2018, SALTEX visitors can expect to see and experience the very latest groundscare ingenuity in a new area on the show floor which is purely dedicated to innovation and new concepts in grounds management through its new Innovation Hub. SALTEX plays host to […]

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17.07

Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2017/18

Being injured by cattle is the biggest killer in agriculture Figures published in the Health and Safety Executive’s report ‘Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2017/18’ show 33 people were killed as a result of farming and other agriculture-related activities during the year. Being injured by an animal – work with […]

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16.07

New CEMA President

Anthony van der Ley (LEMKEN) elected new President of CEMA “It will be important to showcase how innovative the agricultural machinery industry is” Brussels, 21 June 2018 – Anthony van der Ley, CEO of LEMKEN GmbH, was elected new President of CEMA (www.cema-agri.org), the trade association representing the producers of agricultural machinery in Europe. Commenting […]

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16.07

Trailblazer Apprenticeships – July 2018

Industry standards explained at special workshop Over 50 dealers and industry representatives attended a full day workshop outlining the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards at Pershore College on Tuesday 10 July 2018. The meeting, chaired by Alastair Taylor, (CEO IAgrE) was organised by LE-TEC (Landbased Engineering Training and Education Committee Ltd), the umbrella organisation set up by the Agricultural Engineers […]

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13.07

CLIMMAR 2018 magazine on the internet

CLIMMAR, the international dealers network of 16 National European dealer trade associations, proudly presents its 2018 magazine. It gives a detailed overview of the activities of our members from all over Europe representing a total of 19.185 dealers and 157.299 employees. They all ‘fuel’ the success of CLIMMAR as an umbrella association. They all ‘fuel’ the […]

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13.07

A Royal Farewell at the Royal Highland Show

Last month BAGMA attended the Royal Highland Show 2018. A fantastic day, we met with members and guests who were able to take advantage of our hospitality, expert advice and stand guests. bira’s outgoing CEO Alan Hawkins and his wife, Madeline, visited Scotland’s iconic celebration of farming, food and rural life, the Royal Highland Show, […]

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14.06

New Managing Director for Kubota (UK) Ltd

Kubota Holdings Europe is delighted to announce the appointment of David Hart as Managing Director of Kubota (U.K.) Ltd. With over 28 years of leadership experience, David Hart brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the agricultural and construction industries. After graduating with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, David started his career in Agricultural […]

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14.06

STIHL Launches Dedicated New Dealer Website

STIHL has launched a website dedicated to potential new dealers, highlighting the manufacturer’s commitment to its retail network and simplifying the application process for new partners. The new website has been specifically designed to showcase the benefits of becoming a STIHL dealer and offers insight into the tools dealers can access to enhance their business […]

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14.06

BAGMA National Dealer Survey/Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) 2017/2018

Each year BAGMA sends out a survey questionnaire around June for its National Dealer Survey or DSI. For the second year running we are sending the survey in a digital format, but only to the head offices of those companies we have listed as a holding tractor franchise. The questions are the same and the […]

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13.06

BAGMA at the Royal Highland Show 2018

BAGMA are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Royal Highland Show 2018 in our usual place in Avenue Q No.216, between 21 to 24 June 2018. We would like to invite all members and their guests to visit us on our stand during the show and take advantage of our hospitality, […]

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13.06

SALTEX 2018 Visitor Registration is Now Open

Event organisers have announced that their registration for SALTEX 2018 is now officially open. SALTEX 2018, Europe’s largest annual event for groundscare professionals, takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 31 October and 1 November and visitors can now register their attendance for free via the newly-designed website. The new website has been built to […]

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22.05

The Benefits of Safety Training

By law, a basic knowledge of H&S and fire awareness is essential for ALL employees in ALL industries. Of course, this costs money and time (both of which are likely to be in short supply). But, remember, there are major business benefits to be gained from safety training. By cutting accidents and ill health and […]

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21.05

Robin Nettle 1949 – 2018

It is with a great deal of sadness that we are reporting the passing of BAGMA member and industry icon Robin Nettle of Winchester Garden Machinery. His funeral was held on the 17th May at St.John’s Church, Arlesford near the family home. Toby, Robin’s eldest son read the eulogy with fondest and some amusing references […]

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16.05

Milk Industry Scheme at Hartpury Delivers First Set of Graduates

A pioneering milk industry scheme being delivered at Hartpury College and University Centre Hartpury has reached an important landmark. The first group of students on the Parlour Safe programme – supported by all the major milking equipment manufacturers – at Hartpury have successfully completed the ground-breaking course. The qualification leads to engineers being registered as […]

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14.05

AEA Welcome Robert Crook – AEA Technical and Standards Engineer

The Agricultural Engineers Association is delighted to announce that Robert Crook has joined the AEA team in the role of Technical and Standards Engineer. This is a newly created position within the organisation to strengthen the existing Technical and Standards Group. Robert’s responsibilities will be primarily in the farm equipment sector supporting the Industry’s input […]

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17.04

The new TANGO E5 Series II from John Deere

John Deere’s TANGO E5 Series II robotic mower is designed to make life easier by maintaining your lawn automatically, in sunshine or rain and at any time you choose. You’ll never have to mow the grass yourself again. This next generation mower features a new operator interface and smarter navigation technology, so it’s even simpler […]

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17.04

All rodenticide users encouraged to update knowledge

Farmers, gamekeepers and pest controllers are being encouraged to undertake knowledge updates to maintain their professional competence in the use of stewardship-label rodenticides. In its response to UK Rodenticide Stewardship’s 2017 annual report, the Government panel that oversees the regime says continuing professional development (CPD) is particularly important. “Management of environmental risks relies on high […]

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17.04

Online Marketplace Fraud Advice For Sellers

Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller […]

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16.04

AEA appoint new president

Christopher Cooper, product marketing manager of popular lawn care brands, Hayter and Toro, was recently named President of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). In his new role, Christopher hopes to focus on encouraging more young people to pursue career opportunities in the industry and helping to further promote and advance the interests of AEA members. […]

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16.04

Etesia dealership signals growth for Country Machinery

Etesia UK has announced the appointment of Country Machinery Ltd, based in Driffield, East Yorkshire as its newest dealer. Country Machinery, a family run business providing sales, services repairs and parts for all grounds care machinery, has enjoyed rapid growth since its establishment in 2012 – as managing director Karl Terry explains. “Initially I started […]

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16.04

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment stolen from Mid-Wales tractor dealer

£5000 reward offered to combat theft on farm machinery dealer Thieves have become an increasing problem in the agricultural industry with farmers finding equipment taken off their farms, right under their noses. According to the NFU, Rural Crime in 2016 cost the UK just over £39 million. Not only costing a lot of money but […]

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13.03

Boosting recruitment within the Agricultural, Grasscare and Power Equipment industry

The Landbased Education and Training Committee (LE-TEC) has published a new careers guide aimed at informing school leavers and others of the wide range of opportunities in the Agricultural, Grasscare and Power Equipment industry. LE-TEC is a joint initiative between AEA, BAGMA and IAgrE to co-ordinate training, education, recruitment and promotional activities across the landbased […]

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13.03

Connecting with the South West

The first of this year’s new BAGMA Connect regional meetings was held at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset, last month. The venue provided a great backdrop to a very full morning meeting for members and guests from all over the West Country and South West. Despite the threat of severe weather the meeting was attended […]

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13.03

Technical Innovation Recognition by RHASS

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland has a historic reputation for recognising and rewarding excellence. As agriculture and rural industry has evolved, the RHASS has responded with appropriate changes to its annual awards. Technical Innovation is pivotal to the future of Scotland’s key industries, whether in keeping with the industry, improving the environment, […]

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12.03

LTA accreditation scheme for technicians & parts personnel in the land-based engineering industry undergoes 10 year review

The Landbased Training Accreditation Scheme, formerly Landbased Technician Accreditation Scheme, offers a career progression path to aid the recruitment, retention and training of staff who choose a career in the landbased engineering industry. From the 1 March 2018 a number of changes to the scheme will simplify its processes, lessen the financial burden on subscribers and […]

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12.03

Roadworthiness Testing for Fast Tractors – 20th May 2018

As a result of Government Consultation driven by an EU Directive the Government has decided to introduce testing for fast tractors used for commercial haulage only. Testing will apply only to vehicles capable of more than 40km/h (approximately 25mph). This is in line with limits contained in the EU Directive on roadworthiness testing (2014/45/EU) and […]

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14.02

UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – 2017 Registrations by Power and Region

As previously reported, the total number of agricultural tractors (power over 50hp) registered for road use in 2017 was 12,033. This was 13.5% higher than in 2016. We are now able to break those registrations down by power band and region. Some analysis is provided below and figures for 2017 and 2016 can be found […]

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14.02

GDPR deadline is near

By 25 May companies must be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or risk a heavy fine. How ready are you? According to Andrew Hartshorn from legal firm Shakespeare Martineau, for many businesses it may be too late to be fully compliant by the time the GDPR comes into force, but they can […]

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13.02

Mark Ormond Leaves SDF to Become New MD at Manitou UK

Manitou UK have appointed Mark Ormond as Managing Director. He takes over from Jonathan Tapp who has left the company. Ormond leaves his position at Same Deutz-Fahr, where he was Managing Director of the UK distribution business for three years. On his new appointment, Ormond was quoted as saying “I am delighted to join Manitou […]

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13.02

Dave Roberts Leaves Kubota for Hitachi

In a move which will no doubt surprise many, Dave Roberts has left his position as Managing Director of Kubota UK to take up a position as CEO of Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK), a subsidiary company of Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe). Commenting briefly on his appointment, effective from April 1st 2018, Roberts said, “I’m really […]

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13.02

Tool Sharpening Scam, Dealers be Aware

BAGMA and others have previously reported a particularly nasty scam about a tool sharpening service and threats of violence if the fee charged is not paid even when it has not been agreed. Below is an account of an actual instance of this scam which was reported to the police. Some details have been left […]

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12.01

BAGMA’s December Mini Conference – Let it snow, let it snow……

Despite nearly 24 hours of heavy snow and then a deep freeze the final BAGMA 100th Anniversary Mini Conference was a great success. Delegates braved the severe weather and icy conditions to attend the conference at Ledbury Rugby Club which proved to be a fantastic venue. Ten speakers from different areas of industry covered various […]

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11.01

Bigwoods Agri Ltd to become a VALTRA dealer

Bigwoods Agri Ltd announcement- As of immediate effect BAGMA member Bigwoods Agri Ltd have now become VALTRA dealers for Somerset and parts of Devon. They are very excited to join the VALTRA family, with the T254 Versu Smart Touch winning both Tractor of the year and Best Design at the Recent Agritechnica show. Full training […]

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14.11

Find a Professional Agricultural Contractor

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has launched a new, revitalised website at www.naac.co.uk, featuring an improved, easy to navigate ‘Find a Contractor’ area. Finding a professional contractor has never been simpler, with all NAAC members on the website having appropriate insurance cover and agreeing to comply with an NAAC Code of Conduct. The […]

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10.08

New Innovation Hub at SALTEX 2018

We’ll be attending SALTEX on October 31 and November 1 New for 2018, SALTEX visitors can expect to see and experience the very latest groundscare ingenuity in a new area on the show floor which is purely dedicated to innovation and new concepts in grounds management through its new Innovation Hub. SALTEX plays host to […]

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16.07

New CEMA President

Anthony van der Ley (LEMKEN) elected new President of CEMA “It will be important to showcase how innovative the agricultural machinery industry is” Brussels, 21 June 2018 – Anthony van der Ley, CEO of LEMKEN GmbH, was elected new President of CEMA (www.cema-agri.org), the trade association representing the producers of agricultural machinery in Europe. Commenting […]

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16.04

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment stolen from Mid-Wales tractor dealer

£5000 reward offered to combat theft on farm machinery dealer Thieves have become an increasing problem in the agricultural industry with farmers finding equipment taken off their farms, right under their noses. According to the NFU, Rural Crime in 2016 cost the UK just over £39 million. Not only costing a lot of money but […]

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18.10

CEMA Summit 2017

A Revolution in the Making: EU should lend stringent support to Digital Farming and become a ‘world-leader’ ‘Farming 4.0’ Summit discusses how the EU can help to push innovation forward & ensure adequate access to Digital Farming by farmers of all scales Brussels, 12 October 2017 – The EU should forge ahead and become a […]

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16.10

Major Investment in Turf Management

Origin’s Amenity Business has announced its acquisition of Linemark UK, the country’s leading innovator and supplier of pitch line-marking paints, machines and accessories. Linemark UK joins Rigby Taylor and Headland in providing technically advanced and innovative solutions to turf management professionals. Linemark UK has been the exclusive supplier of line-marking products to Rigby Taylor for […]

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CLAAS Academy at Bury St Edmunds Officially Launched

CLAAS has underlined its commitment to its UK business with the opening of a £1.2m state-of-the-art training centre in Suffolk. CLAAS UK, which has further plans to build a new multi-million pound UK headquarters on the site of the current one at Saxham, near Bury St Edmunds, held the official launch of its CLAAS Academy […]

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08.08

Introducing the new BAGMA Bank Regular Savings Account

The New BAGMA Bank Regular Savings Account – an introduction from John Collins, Managing Director, BAGMA Bank. BAGMA bank is looking to increase its depositor base and encourage more members into opening a savings account with their Trade Association bank. As you will be aware, at BAGMA bank we aim to deliver benefit to BAGMA […]

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20.07

CLIMMAR proudly presents its 2017 magazine

CLIMMAR, the international distributors network of currently 16 national European associations, proudly presents its 2017 magazine. The CLIMMAR 2017 magazine will be the first of this magnitude since the organisation was founded and an important step forward in gaining insight into the activities of their members. Members represent a total of 17.164 dealers and 141.950 employees from all […]

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29.01

Winner of Saltex free prize draw announced

Saltex free prize draw has taken place and the winner has been announced Congratulations to Andrew Evans from Ieuan Evans & Son who was announced as the winner of the Saltex free prize draw. The draw was held on the BAGMA stand at Saltex. Andrew was chosen at random for the SIP Engine Driven Pressure Washer […]

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13.11

Making Tax Digital – How will it affect your business?

With less than a year to go, bira approved service partners, TaxAssist Accountants highlight what you need to know about Making Tax Digital for Business, and guide you through what steps to take to prepare for the change. HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) ambition is for the UK to become one of the most digitally […]

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17.10

CLIMMAR Congress Overview

At the CLIMMAR congress, a new project group dedicated to the garden machinery branch premiered. Another premiere, a world premiere even, was the launch of the CLIMMAR branch index. The new garden machinery branch project group will focus on creating branch reports that reflect the economic situation and trends for garden machinery dealer’s business and […]

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15.10

BREXIT | What happens to employee rights if there is no deal?

Concerns have been mounting as we head towards March 2019 without clear signs that a Brexit deal with the EU can be reached. The government has taken the step of publishing a series of guidance in the event that a deal cannot be struck.  In its ‘Workplace rights if there’s no Brexit deal’ document, the […]

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17.04

The new TANGO E5 Series II from John Deere

John Deere’s TANGO E5 Series II robotic mower is designed to make life easier by maintaining your lawn automatically, in sunshine or rain and at any time you choose. You’ll never have to mow the grass yourself again. This next generation mower features a new operator interface and smarter navigation technology, so it’s even simpler […]

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All rodenticide users encouraged to update knowledge

Farmers, gamekeepers and pest controllers are being encouraged to undertake knowledge updates to maintain their professional competence in the use of stewardship-label rodenticides. In its response to UK Rodenticide Stewardship’s 2017 annual report, the Government panel that oversees the regime says continuing professional development (CPD) is particularly important. “Management of environmental risks relies on high […]

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Online Marketplace Fraud Advice For Sellers

Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller […]

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16.04

AEA appoint new president

Christopher Cooper, product marketing manager of popular lawn care brands, Hayter and Toro, was recently named President of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). In his new role, Christopher hopes to focus on encouraging more young people to pursue career opportunities in the industry and helping to further promote and advance the interests of AEA members. […]

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Etesia dealership signals growth for Country Machinery

Etesia UK has announced the appointment of Country Machinery Ltd, based in Driffield, East Yorkshire as its newest dealer. Country Machinery, a family run business providing sales, services repairs and parts for all grounds care machinery, has enjoyed rapid growth since its establishment in 2012 – as managing director Karl Terry explains. “Initially I started […]

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Tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment stolen from Mid-Wales tractor dealer

£5000 reward offered to combat theft on farm machinery dealer Thieves have become an increasing problem in the agricultural industry with farmers finding equipment taken off their farms, right under their noses. According to the NFU, Rural Crime in 2016 cost the UK just over £39 million. Not only costing a lot of money but […]

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13.03

Connecting with the South West

The first of this year’s new BAGMA Connect regional meetings was held at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset, last month. The venue provided a great backdrop to a very full morning meeting for members and guests from all over the West Country and South West. Despite the threat of severe weather the meeting was attended […]

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14.11

Find a Professional Agricultural Contractor

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has launched a new, revitalised website at www.naac.co.uk, featuring an improved, easy to navigate ‘Find a Contractor’ area. Finding a professional contractor has never been simpler, with all NAAC members on the website having appropriate insurance cover and agreeing to comply with an NAAC Code of Conduct. The […]

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Record graduation for CLAAS apprentices

The success of the CLAAS Apprenticeship scheme was evident at the recent graduation where a record number of apprentices received their Graduation certificates A total of 25 young technicians received their certificates at the Graduation Ceremony held at the CLAAS Training Academy at Saxham. Of these, 21 students were studying for the CLAAS Agricultural Technician […]

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13.11

The CLIMMAR-Index: the business cycle of European Ag machinery dealers at a glance

During their annual congress in October 2018 in Prague, 15 national members associations experienced a world premiere, when the new “CLIMMAR-Index” was shown for the first time. The index describes the current dealers and service situation in nearly 19.000 companies in 16 members-countries at a glance in just one single number. The new CLIMMAR-Index is […]

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17.10

CLIMMAR Congress Overview

At the CLIMMAR congress, a new project group dedicated to the garden machinery branch premiered. Another premiere, a world premiere even, was the launch of the CLIMMAR branch index. The new garden machinery branch project group will focus on creating branch reports that reflect the economic situation and trends for garden machinery dealer’s business and […]

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OPEI Issues Statement on Expansion of E15 Sales to Year-Round announcement by President Trump

Bio Ethanol Fuel On 9 October 2018, President Donald Trump moved to make it easier to sell more ethanol in vehicle fuel, delivering a victory to corn farmers and biofuel producers in the USA that could translate to long-term market gains. Trump said he had signed a memo telling the Environmental Protection Agency to lift […]

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16.10

Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) 2018 conference to focus on knowledge exchange in agricultural engineering

Conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Carlton House, London SW1Y 5DG on Tuesday 6 November 2018 Successful collaboration between industry and research institutions is crucial to bring new technologies and innovations into the agricultural supply chain. This conference will explore positive engineering partnerships between industry, research and academia. The conference is for everyone […]

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18.09

David Kirschner and Peter Arrand to help shape new T-level qualifications

9 employer-led panels have been announced this week which will shape the new T-level programmes in Animal Care and Management; Agriculture, Land Management and Production; Human Resources; Management and Administration; Catering; Craft and Design; Cultural Heritage and Visitor Attractions; Media, Broadcast and Production; and Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics which will be first taught from 2022. […]

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Tool Sharpening Scam Returns, Dealers be Aware

The tool sharpening thugs seem to be back in action, this time in the Plymouth area. As we’ve previously done, members are advised not to engage with this gang and to report any approaches to their local police. Sadly, and despite the number of reported incidents it seems very difficult to get the police involved […]

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17.09

New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger

ANNOUNCEMENT – New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger The Hunt and Smales families are very pleased to announce that as of this week an agreement has been reached whereby R Hunt Ltd and New Forest Farm Machinery Ltd will merge to form a new company, Hunt Forest Group. New Forest Farm Machinery is […]

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13.08

An update on the Vnuk issue…

BAGMA have been reporting on the Vnuk case for well over a year now. The main issue relates to the insurance of vehicles that are used off the public highway and the outcome could have a dramatic effect on all highway activities and insurance premiums. In recent years, we have reported on the threat posed […]

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14.11

BAGMA at SALTEX 2018

Well-established at the NEC now after the trauma surrounding the move from its traditional Windsor Racecourse venue, the IOG’s SALTEX-2018 show this year had a good feel about it with a steady stream of visitors on both days and exhibitors reporting good inquiries. One BAGMA member, Guy Overton, even said he was “very busy”. As […]

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16.10

Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) 2018 conference to focus on knowledge exchange in agricultural engineering

Conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Carlton House, London SW1Y 5DG on Tuesday 6 November 2018 Successful collaboration between industry and research institutions is crucial to bring new technologies and innovations into the agricultural supply chain. This conference will explore positive engineering partnerships between industry, research and academia. The conference is for everyone […]

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SALTEX 2018: Pre-registrations up & outdoor demos a sell out

Event organisers have reported a significant increase in pre-show visitor registration ahead of SALTEX 2018, which takes place at The NEC, Birmingham on 31 October – 01 November. It certainly is encouraging times for the show which will be celebrating its 73rd anniversary. Since moving to the NEC, the show has grown steadily in terms […]

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18.09

Royal Honour for R T Machinery

BAGMA member R T Machinery has been awarded a Royal Warrant for supplying and servicing groundcare equipment Family-run R T Machinery Ltd began serving the Royal Household and the Queen in 2001 – when it started trading. The Buckinghamshire dealer held an open day on the 5th September for their customers and suppliers. The day […]

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Tool Sharpening Scam Returns, Dealers be Aware

The tool sharpening thugs seem to be back in action, this time in the Plymouth area. As we’ve previously done, members are advised not to engage with this gang and to report any approaches to their local police. Sadly, and despite the number of reported incidents it seems very difficult to get the police involved […]

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17.09

New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger

ANNOUNCEMENT – New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger The Hunt and Smales families are very pleased to announce that as of this week an agreement has been reached whereby R Hunt Ltd and New Forest Farm Machinery Ltd will merge to form a new company, Hunt Forest Group. New Forest Farm Machinery is […]

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13.06

BAGMA at the Royal Highland Show 2018

BAGMA are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Royal Highland Show 2018 in our usual place in Avenue Q No.216, between 21 to 24 June 2018. We would like to invite all members and their guests to visit us on our stand during the show and take advantage of our hospitality, […]

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21.05

Robin Nettle 1949 – 2018

It is with a great deal of sadness that we are reporting the passing of BAGMA member and industry icon Robin Nettle of Winchester Garden Machinery. His funeral was held on the 17th May at St.John’s Church, Arlesford near the family home. Toby, Robin’s eldest son read the eulogy with fondest and some amusing references […]

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13.02

Tool Sharpening Scam, Dealers be Aware

BAGMA and others have previously reported a particularly nasty scam about a tool sharpening service and threats of violence if the fee charged is not paid even when it has not been agreed. Below is an account of an actual instance of this scam which was reported to the police. Some details have been left […]

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11.01

Bigwoods Agri Ltd to become a VALTRA dealer

Bigwoods Agri Ltd announcement- As of immediate effect BAGMA member Bigwoods Agri Ltd have now become VALTRA dealers for Somerset and parts of Devon. They are very excited to join the VALTRA family, with the T254 Versu Smart Touch winning both Tractor of the year and Best Design at the Recent Agritechnica show. Full training […]

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