Half a dozen farmers travelled to Oban from farms on the mainland
and western Isles last week to parade their tractors on the waterfront.
They arrived by road and ferry to help Cameron MacFarlane of Argyll
Agricultural Engineers celebrate winning Landini’s northern Dealer
of the Year title.
Cameron MacFarlane (second left) of Argyll Agricultural Engineers receives the northern Dealer of the Year award from Landini regional manager Martin Ingram in front of customers who drove their tractors to Oban for the occasion.
The award, presented by Landini regional manager Martin Ingram
for outstanding sales and service performance, comes at the end
of Argyll’s first year as a Landini franchised dealer.
“It’s a great achievement for Cameron MacFarlane and
his team to win this award in its first year with Landini and their
first year selling new tractors,” he said. “I hope
it encourages them to do even better in 2007!”
Cameron MacFarlane runs the Oban-based firm with his wife Sine.
Their son Cameron and Duncan Aitken are qualified Landini technicians
who service and repair tractors and machinery either on-farm or
in the new workshops that the company purchased last December.
“We bought the new office and workshop premises to go with
the Landini franchise, partly because we wanted to project the
right image but also because we were serious about doing the job
properly,” said Mr MacFarlane. “We now have an excellent
workshop on Glenshellach Road, just near the ferry terminal, where
we hold a good stock of parts and operate a hydraulic hose replacement
It was the Landini tractors’ suitability to the local farming
that attracted Mr MacFarlane when was looking for his first tractor
franchise a little over a year ago.
“There are not many dealers around here so we had the pick
of all the tractor manufacturers,” he says. “I decided
on Landini because I liked the products, I thought they’d
be ideal for our farming customers and I liked the company’s
approach to business.”
Those impressions have proved correct: the 60-100hp Powerfarm
and more sophisticated 80-100hp Vision tractors, many of them equipped
with Landini hydraulic loaders for handling work, have performed
well on the beef and sheep hill farms of the area.
“Farmers here don’t want anything too complicated;
they want a tractor that’ll do the job and can be relied
upon,” said Mr MacFarlane. “The Landini tractors have
certainly delivered that with excellent reliability, especially
those working in tough Island environments.”
Adrian Winnett, UK sales manager, said Argyll Agricultural Engineers’ success
in winning the northern Dealer of the Year award reflects
on an excellent year for Landini in Britain.
“2006 was our best year ever for both wholesale shipments
to dealers and retail deliveries to farmers,” he said. “Sales
were 8.5% up on the previous year, which was itself a record year
This trend demonstrates a growing appreciation of the strengths
of the Landini product range, he added, especially the best-selling
Powerfarm and Vision models, which offer a wide range of specifications
and features making them ideal tractors for livestock farms as
well as good work-horse machines for arable units.
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