News | March, 2022 Archive

Tractor Fest is back and we’re proud to support the event again this year

After a two-year break, the UK’s largest Tractor Festival is back – and it’s bigger than ever having been extended to three days in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Tractor Fest takes place at award-winning country house and gardens Newby Hall, North Yorkshire, over the Bank Holiday Jubilee weekend (Friday 3 June to Sunday 5 June) when the UK will celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch. We, at Ripon Farm Services, are proud to be supporting the event again this year.

The three-day event will showcase thousands of vintage tractors and modern marques, stationary engines, commercial vehicles, cars, lorries and motorcycles from around the UK and Europe.

In celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, this year’s festival will feature a display of 70-year-old Jubilee and Coronation vintage tractors, along with a display of 100 pre-1922 vintage tractors and 100 century–old stationary engines.

The show will also feature displays from specialist marque clubs and interest groups including the Marshall Club, Ford and Fordson and Ferguson, as well as working vintage machinery.

The vintage vehicle section will celebrate 100 years of the Auston 7, the ‘big car in miniature’ which dominated the UK motor market when it was first produced in 1922.  

In addition, a host of entertainment, crafts, food and drink make Tractor Fest a great family day out. Admission includes access to Newby’s award-winning gardens, adventure playground, dolls house and teddy bear exhibitions.  

Organiser the Yorkshire Vintage Association is predicting a bumper turnout over the June weekend. Chairman Kevin Watson said: “It is so good to be back this year after the enforced break and where better to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than at Newby Hall which was reserved for the Royal Family in the event of evacuation from London during World War II.

“Tractor Fest is a superb day out for families and our exhibitors get great pleasure from showcasing their tractors, engines and machinery, many of which have interesting histories and stories behind them.”

Other fun activities for families over the weekend include mini tractor driving, face painting, colouring, interactive exhibits and working machinery. There are also trade stands, crafts and a choice of street food.

WHEN?         Friday 3 June – Sunday 5 June 2022, 10am-5pm

WHERE?        Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, North Yorkshire

COST              £16 for adults. £12 for children (4-16 years), under 4’s free. A family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £50.00

TICKETS        Available exclusively online

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Over 60 John Deere tractors for BHE Agricultural Contractors

Last week, BHE Agricultural Contractors in North Yorkshire took delivery of two brand new John Deere 6250R tractors to add to their fleet. The new additions take the total number of John Deeres bought by BHE, since they started out in 1983 to over 60 John Deere Tractors. 

It all began in 1983 when Simon Dunn, of BHE purchased his first John Deere machine, a round baler from the Malton branch. Then, in 1984 Simon purchased his first John Deere tractor, a 2140 2 wheel drive, of which he has fond memories. Over the years Simon has had John Deere mowers, balers and combines too, he’s currently running a T670 high capacity straw walker combine, which guarantees excellent grain and straw quality. Simon comments “The difference in the straw quality is paying for the combine, with more bales to the acre.”

Simon goes on to say “The John Deere product is strong, the machinery is reliable and efficient which is critical to guaranteeing our customers the right machine at the right time. John Deere have always stood behind their product and have never walked away from any issues. The machines deliver on performance and are marketable after use with a high residual value, the current tractors are the best tractors we’ve ever run.”

BHE Agricultural Contractors Ltd, in Sproxton, North Yorkshire have been providing efficient and trusted contracting services to farmers for over 35 years.

BHE through the years…

The new 6R 185: Champion on the Road

Road transport is part of the daily business for farmers and contractors and the new 6R 185 is specially designed for this purpose, scoring high for its economy. Just three months after its launch, John Deere’s powerful six-cylinder 6R 185 is officially the most fuel-efficient sub-250hp tractor on the road.

In the DLG PowerMix Transport Test 2.0, the new 6R 185 consumed only 355 g/kWh Diesel and 14 g/kWh DEF. Depending on regional diesel and DEF prices, this enables cost savings of up to €2.00/h during transport, meaning farmers and contractors can reduce their operating costs even further.

This makes the 6R 185 a born road tractor. With a low unladen weight of 7.9 tonnes, it delivers a maximum output of 234hp with IPM. In addition, the 6R 185 features the highly efficient AutoPowr™ transmission alongside a proven 6.8-litre PowerTech™ PVS engine.

With this result, the 6R 185 continues to build on its success in the 6R Series.

Previously, the 6R 250 achieved the best PowerMix test values ever measured in the 250hp plus performance class. As a result, the tractor is still the undisputed leader.

All John Deere tractors were tested according to the strict specifications of the demanding DLG PowerMix Transport Test at the DLG test centre in Groß-Umstadt. The test cycles on the road involve driving under typical operating conditions with low and high loads.

New John Deere Starfire 7000 eases RTK Entry

John Deere’s new StarFireTM 7000 receiver enables an easy entry into precision farming. Without extra hardware, the receiver offers RTK accuracy of +/- 2.5 cm and customers will benefit from better satellite network coverage.

More farmers want to use the precision of RTK, but shy away from the greater initial investment. Now, John Deere offers the new StarFireTM 7000 with a completely new correction signal – StarFireTM RTK. The new signal can be activated very easily by purchasing a renewable licence, with no investments in additional hardware or activations necessary.

With a pull-in time of fewer than 10 minutes, field work can start up to three times faster than before. Recorded field boundaries have a repeatability of at least five years, offering the possibility to create guidance lines and tramlines in the same place in subsequent crops. Field boundaries can be used beyond the season for highly precise and automatic switching on and off sprayer boom sections. This means John Deere is providing a better solution for the increasing use of precision farming.

Just like the previous models, the new receiver offers the free SF1 correction signal as standard and can be upgraded to Radio and Mobile RTK. The StarFireTM 7000 Receiver receives Galileo and BeiDou-Satellite signals in addition to GPS and GLONASS. This ensures a stronger signal strength at no additional cost, which is more independent of interference, such as shading by trees.

The receiver is available in both universal/transportable and integrated versions. The integrated version is built directly into the roof of the machine from the factory, while the universal receiver is suitable for flexible use. With the new practical handles on the sides, it can be moved from machine to machine or to an implement even easier. The receiver is compatible with new and existing machines and can therefore be used for the entire fleet.

To ensure that the universal receiver is less attractive for thieves, John Deere offers users set up a PIN code. The PIN code can be defined for two access levels, for example an administrator and an operator. Additional protection with a mechanical lockable kit is available, and the receiver can be removed after the job is done and be stored safely until the next use.

The new StarFireTM 7000 will be available to order with new Model Year 23 X-Series Combines as an integrated version. It will be available as a universal solution for retrofit in Winter 2022/23.