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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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11.01

Les Malin appointed managing director for Etesia UK

In his third successive promotion, Les Malin has been appointed as the new managing director of Etesia UK with immediate effect. After starting his career in the farming industry at the age of 16, Les moved into the groundscare industry in 1993. He joined Etesia UK from Amazone in 2000 as area manager and was […]

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10.01

Lister Wilder Raises A-‘Mow’-Zing Total For Charity

Lister Wilder Ltd, a Kubota dealer, and its 60 strong ‘Mow-team’ has raised a staggering £18,318 for the The Movember Foundation, making the company the 5th largest fundraiser in the UK to support the charity. Formed of company directors, workshop engineers, sales team members and parts advisers, Lister Wilder employees donned great, and some not […]

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13.12

Alasdair Straker retires; but is still on the Case!

Alasdair Straker, our BAGMA and bira man based in Scotland, is to retire at the end of 2017. We wish Alasdair all the very best for his retirement and thank him for his many years of dedication to both BAGMA and bira. However, all is not lost and Alasdair will still be supporting us in […]

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13.12

The 2018 Agri Machinery Trade News Awards – Vote Now

In case you didn’t know, the Agri Machinery Trade News Awards initiative is now underway. This is your chance to spend 1 minute of your time and vote for the companies, teams and individuals that have given you the best support over the last 12 months. Please do vote! Get Voting Now! (new one click […]

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13.12

ISEKI UK becomes major new player

A major new mower and tractor company – ISEKI UK – has been formed and it has named the ex-president of Jacobsen, David Withers, as new managing director. “ISEKI UK is a company formed with investment from ISEKI for the sole purpose of distributing the ISEKI range of products and growing market share and sales […]

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13.12

UK’s leading event for farm machinery, equipment and services returns in January

BAGMA will be attending LAMMA on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th January. You can find us at stand 643, hall 6. Farmers, contractors and other rural businesses looking to improve their bottom line have a great opportunity to quiz hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers of farming machinery, equipment and agricultural services when the LAMMA show returns to Peterborough in […]

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12.12

CLAAS recognise their dealers with awards

The high level of commitment, sales, service and support offered by CLAAS dealers throughout the UK and Ireland was recognised in the annual Dealer Awards presentations. The awards, which were announced at the recent Dealer Council meeting held following the opening of the new CLAAS Academy, recognise overall dealer and tractor sales performance. Six dealers […]

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16.11

BAGMA’s October Mini Conference – A Great Success

Last month, BAGMA ran the first of its 100th Anniversary conferences at Askham Bryan College near York. The excellent facilities offered by the college Conference Centre helped make for a successful and comfortable day for the 50 guests that took advantage of this free BAGMA event. BAGMA President, Brian Sangster, opened the day with a welcome […]

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16.11

George Browns Wins Renowned Kubota Agricultural Skills Contest

Robert Adkins from George Browns has scooped the top award at the renowned annual Kubota UK Agricultural Skills Contest, a prestigious event that tests the technical expertise of service engineers from Kubota’s extensive dealer network throughout the UK. Now in its third year, the one-day event, held at Kubota’s state-of-the-art training academy at its head […]

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15.11

SALTEX 2017 – The Best SALTEX Yet

A year’s worth of meticulous and strategic planning from show organisers culminated in what is being hailed by many as the best ever SALTEX. The two-day exhibition has quickly grown to become the premier annual grounds care event in Europe and on 1 and 2 November, the halls of the NEC, Birmingham were a hub […]

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15.11

IOG Industry Awards Celebrate the very Best in UK Groundsmanship

Almost 700 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading groundscare experts from both the professional and volunteer sector, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators, have honoured the expertise, dedication and passion of the grounds profession at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) annual Industry Awards. Now in its ninth […]

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15.11

LAMMA to move to the NEC creating UK’s premier agricultural event

Briefing Media today announces that the UK’s largest agricultural machinery show, LAMMA, will move to the NEC from January 2019. LAMMA will continue to be a free-to-attend event and will remain on its proven and successful January timeline. Commenting on the move to the NEC, Elisabeth Mork-Eidem, Group Head of Events at Briefing Media, said: “We […]

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18.10

Brightcrop: The Future

AHDB’s Legacy Plan for Brightcrop Earlier this year AHDB revealed its new three year stratergy to inspire farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world and promote growth for agriculture post Brexit. As part of this, the organisation took the opportunity to re-evaluate other key areas, including its work in the education […]

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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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17.10

Dealer of The Year Nominees Announced

November is almost upon us, bringing with it once again a couple of very important dates for dealers’ diaries. First up is the IOG’s SALTEX show at the NEC on the 1st and 2nd November. A little later in the month there is another opportunity to meet up after the exhibition with the Service Dealer […]

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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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16.10

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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18.09

Finalists Announced for IOG Industry Awards 2017

Record-breaking number of entries to this year’s IOG Industry Awards The finalists have been announced from a record-breaking entry to this year’s prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards 2017. Now in its ninth year, the awards – which enjoy headline sponsorship by Rigby Taylor and Top Green – acknowledge the passion, dedication and challenges faced […]

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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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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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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 […]

By bira | Read more

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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10.01

Lister Wilder Raises A-‘Mow’-Zing Total For Charity

Lister Wilder Ltd, a Kubota dealer, and its 60 strong ‘Mow-team’ has raised a staggering £18,318 for the The Movember Foundation, making the company the 5th largest fundraiser in the UK to support the charity. Formed of company directors, workshop engineers, sales team members and parts advisers, Lister Wilder employees donned great, and some not […]

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13.12

Alasdair Straker retires; but is still on the Case!

Alasdair Straker, our BAGMA and bira man based in Scotland, is to retire at the end of 2017. We wish Alasdair all the very best for his retirement and thank him for his many years of dedication to both BAGMA and bira. However, all is not lost and Alasdair will still be supporting us in […]

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