One of the UK’s leading agricultural machinery shows is back with a bang – after missing out last year because of the global pandemic.
Ripon Farm Services will be hosting its prestigious two-day New Year Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on January 19 and 20.
Richard Simpson, commercial director of Ripon Farm Services, explained: “We have thought long and hard about whether to go ahead with this year’s show, in view of the continued challenges posed by coronavirus, but in the end, we believe the farming community needs – and deserves – our support.
“Farmers can’t cancel lambing time, they can’t cancel milking or cancel harvest, they have to carry on, no matter what. The nation relies on them. So it would be unfair of us to let farmers down. After last year’s cancellation, which was unavoidable, we are delighted to be back – with one of the very finest shows we have ever held.”
“It goes without saying that we will be following all the Government and NYCC guidelines and all the recommended anti-Covid measures will be in place through the two-day show. We have contracted a third-party company to monitor the event and ensure that everyone feels – and is – safe. We will be insisting on proof of full vaccination with the NHS Covid-19 pass, together with lateral flow tests in line with the strict Government guidelines.
“This has not been an easy decision; in fact, the easy decision would have been simply to cancel the show and do nothing. But that would have be doing a major disservice to the farming community and I’m sure we would have regretted that decision in the weeks and months to come,” said Mr Simpson.
The show, which is one of the key events in the northern agricultural calendar, will feature the largest combine harvester in Europe and the brand-new and hugely anticipated John Deere 6R tractor.
Mr Simpson explained: “This is our 40th anniversary year and we are celebrating in style, underlining the show’s reputation as the biggest and best dealer-led agricultural event in the UK.
“Pride of place goes to two very special ground-breaking machines. The first is the largest and most technologically advanced combine harvester in Europe, the John Deere X9 1100 combine harvester. This is an amazing machine, which caused a media frenzy at the Great Yorkshire Show where it was the star attraction.
“We are also very proud to be hosting the UK debut of the new John Deere 6R tractor, which is Europe’s best-selling tractor. We are confident that the new 6R will be of huge interest to our customers. Since their launch in 2011, John Deere’s 6R Series tractors have set standards in both field and transport performance, as well as precision agriculture technology, and the new 6R takes these standards to even greater heights.”
In addition, there will be opportunities to see and discuss the latest Precision Agriculture technology which helps farmers and growers make better Agronomic decisions to reduce input costs and increase yields and profits.
Dan Robinson, who is heading up the preparations for the show, explained: “We are expecting over 5,000 people to attend over the two days. Apart from those two headline machines, we will be showcasing everything we do, including a huge range of used equipment which will be available to buy. This is the very best opportunity to see all the very latest and best farming machinery in one single location.”
“The show is housed in the warm and dry Yorkshire Events Centre at the Great Yorkshire Showground and there is no better place to see all that RFS offer. Our specialists across all sectors will be available to answer any questions during the two days, and there will be seminars and presentations, so the event is ultimately a one-stop shop for farmers across the north of England.”
Hot food and refreshments will be available throughout the show.
Apart from John Deere, high-profile exhibitors at the show will include Kramer, Bailey Trailers, Kuhn, Ifor Williams Trailers, Spearhead, Dalbo and Mazzotti Sprayers.
We look forward to seeing you at the Yorkshire Event Centre on 19th & 20th January.
All visitors will be required to present a valid NHS Covid passport or an approved international equivalent, or a valid text or email confirmation from the NHS of a recent negative test result to gain entry(children aged 5 and over will also need to show proof of a recent negative lateral flow test to gain entry).Covid vaccination cards (showing the second dose) are also valid for entry with a form of ID. Information on how to get an NHS Covid pass can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/
Face masks/coverings must be worn at all times in the venue except when eating and drinking. Please note that there will be no lateral flow tests available at the show.
Ripon Farm Services (RFS), one of the leading agricultural machinery suppliers in the UK, is to open a new depot at the flourishing 30-acre Eden Business Park near Malton.
RFS has just received planning permission for a high-quality 22,000 sq ft building at the multi-million pound business park, which is located immediately off the A64 by the Pickering Road (A169) junction by Eden Camp.
Richard Simpson, Commercial Director of Ripon Farm Services, explained: “This is a tremendously important move for us and a significant milestone in our 40-year-old history.
“Our new flagship building, will feature offices, training suites and meeting facilities for staff and customers and has been specially designed to accommodate our rapidly growing combine harvester business, including the John Deere X9. The new Malton location will be our twelfth depot in all.
“We are especially pleased to be moving to Malton, which has the enviable – and entirely justified – reputation as the food capital of the north. It is at the centre of North Yorkshire’s extensive agricultural community, which we are looking forward to serving,” said Mr Simpson.
Ripon Farm Services is one of the largest agricultural equipment dealers in the UK. With a workforce of over 250 RFS is a John Deere main dealer and supplies world class agricultural machinery brands such as, Kramer telehandlers, Kuhn cultivation equipment, Bailey Trailers and Sumo cultivators across Yorkshire, Teesside, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
Construction work on the new building will begin at once, with completion and occupation scheduled for August next year.
Funding for this new depot was provided by HSBC. Stephen Smith, relationship director for HSBC UK Corporate Banking, said: “The development of this depot will support Yorkshire’s agricultural sector, whilst also providing valuable local engineering jobs for the local community. Ripon Farm Services is well established in its field, so we’re pleased to support the business achieve it’s next stage of ambitious growth.”
Miles Lawrence, director of York-based property consultants Lawrence Hannah, who are marketing Eden Business Park along with AWS Ltd on behalf of Yorkshire developers Commercial Development Projects (CDP) in conjunction with the Fitzwilliam Trust Corporation, explained: “We are delighted to welcome a company with such an excellent reputation as Ripon Farm Services. Their move is a ringing endorsement of the quality of Eden Business Park and marks the successful launch of Phase Two of the development.
“The speculative first phase of this development has proved to be a tremendous success story with all of the six industrial premises now occupied. The second phase will feature not just Ripon Farm Service, but also another high-profile occupier, who will be named shortly.
“This is both a reflection of the quality of Eden Business Park and also its superb location, with swift and easy access to York, the East Coast and to Yorkshire’s excellent motorway network. This is a winning combination.
Developers CDP are delighted that the business park, the largest speculative development in the area during the past 10 years, is proving popular, fulfilling a pent-up demand for quality industrial units with offices.
Nick Arundel of AWS Ltd added: “This is a very important development for the Malton area. Its popularity so far is a vindication of CDP’s brave decision to develop speculatively in challenging economic times.”
When Phase One was completed, Malton councillor Lindsey Burr commented: “As a county and district councillor for Malton, I’m delighted to see the construction of the business units. Hopefully this will encourage more jobs, business, economic viability and investment into Ryedale.”