Claydon appoints a dealer in the Cotswolds to sell and support its range of Opti-Till® crop establishment products

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Agricultural equipment manufacturer Claydon, European market leader in direct strip seeding technology, has further expanded its UK distribution network with the appointment of highly respected dealer JJ Farm Services Limited in Gloucestershire.

Based at Far Stanley, Gretton near Cheltenham, the family-owned business will manage the sale and service of Claydon Opti-Till® equipment in an area bordered by the M5 to the west, north to the M42 in Warwickshire, south to Cirencester and across to the M40. The territory compliments those covered by existing Claydon dealers Ross Farm Machinery, which has depots in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and Turney Group’s branches in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Beef farmer and agricultural contractor James Jenkins established JJ Farm Services in 1980. A family run firm with a team of experienced staff, the business takes pride in its ‘old-school’ values of integrity and personal service combined without a no-pressure approach to sales. These attributes see customers across three counties return year after year.

A main dealer for Kubota Tractors, JJ Farm Services also represents a range of other carefully selected agricultural companies where it can offer a competitive service for new and used machinery. The business has a well-respected workshop staffed by five engineers who deal with repairs and service work, both on site and on farms, plus a well-stocked parts department employing two staff.

Martin Jenkins, Managing Director, states: “Claydon is a very well-known and respected company, so we are delighted to represent them in this remarkably diverse farming area. As farmers and contractors, we understand what customers require from their dealer and go the extra mile to ensure that they are well looked after. The innovative range of Claydon products are designed by farmers for farmers. They are manufactured to an extremely high standard, very versatile and complement the other brands which we offer, enabling us to cater for every requirement.

“The UK farming sector is having to adapt to a range of pressures, from ever-rising inputs costs such as fuel and labour to increasing legislation and a greater focus on soil health. These are prompting a move towards reducing the time, cost, complication, and risk of establishing crops, key areas where Claydon products offer tremendous benefits. Despite having only just taken on the franchise we have already sold two Claydon Hybrid drills following successful demonstrations with our own Hybrid M3F 3m Seed & Fertiliser unit.”

Rob Dunk, Claydon’s sales manager – UK and ROI, adds: “Claydon’s strategy is to offer Opti-Till® products through a network of carefully selected, enthusiastic, professional dealers. We are delighted to have JJ Farm Services on board as the business has an excellent reputation thanks to the expertise and customer-focused service which it provides. Undoubtedly, they will attract new owners to the Claydon brand, as well as supporting existing farming businesses which already operate our machinery and will benefit from a local service and efficient parts support.

 

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