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New Skipton Show Targets Agricultural Sector

The inaugural Spring show of agricultural and construction machinery and equipment, coupled with animal health care products, is to be staged at Skipton Auction Mart on Tuesday, February 26.

Demonstrating their pulling power are Guy Machinery’s Andy Belt, left, and Chris Pearson, of Pearson Farm Supplies, joint organisers of the inaugural Spring show.

Guy Machinery’s Andy Belt, left, and Chris Pearson, of Pearson Farm Supplies

Set to be one of the biggest events of its kind ever seen in the region, it is being organised jointly by two independent local companies - agricultural machinery and equipment specialist Guy Machinery, based at the auction mart, and animal health products specialist Pearsons Farm Supplies, of West Marton.

The show’s highlights include a grand parade with running commentary on the latest machinery lines, a charity auction in aid of the Leeds-based Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation and a prize draw with star prizes of an Amazone ZA-X fertiliser spreader worth almost £3,000 and a Bateman calf creep feeder valued at £1,000. In addition, all profits from a licensed bar will be donated to local charities.

Other events being lined up for the day include a hands-on opportunity to test the latest agricultural equipment, including tractors, telehandlers and ATVs, a working demonstration of Strautmann diet feeders, displays of cattle and sheep handling systems, calf and lamb feeding systems, and a chance to view a mobile sheep race on view for the first time in the UK market.

Up to 60 trade stands will also set up stall to showcase their products and offer expert advice. Among them will be leading suppliers and manufacturers of agricultural machinery, and representatives from over ten major animal health companies.

Suppliers of both Guy Machinery and Pearsons Farm Supplies have been quick to back the charity auction and prize draw.

Valtra Tractors will host a visit for two to its main production unit in Finland, while grassland machinery firm Krone is offering a trip for two people to its headquarters facility in Spelle, Germany, coupled with a night in Amsterdam.

ATV specialist Can-Am is providing a quad bike experience day at its facility in North Wales, while other prizes include a £450 Bateman lamb weigher and up to £1,000 worth of animal health products.

Both organising companies believe the flagship event will appeal to present and potential agricultural, construction and forestry industry customers across North and West Yorkshire, Lancashire, Great Manchester, Cumbria – and beyond.

Guy Machinery’s managing director Graham Guy said: “We are confident the inaugural show will plug a major gap in the regional market and create widespread interest across the North of England.”

Pearsons Farm Supplies’ Chris Pearson added: “The charity angle is also important as we seek to raise funds on behalf of deserving local and regional causes. Should the show receive the support we feel it warrants, we will look to make it an annual event.”

The Spring Show runs from 2pm to 10pm on February 26, entry is free, as are pie and peas for every attendee. The grand machinery parade is scheduled for 7.30pm, to be followed by the charity auction.

For further information, visit the show website at or contact the company on 01756 799184, or Pearsons Farm Supplies on 01282 842932.

Background Information:

Guy Machinery Ltd was established at Skipton Auction Mart in October 2005, taking over the franchises and customer base of the former Gibsons Tractors. The company specialises in sales of new and used agricultural vehicles and machinery, all-terrain vehicles and quad bikes, and construction vehicles and machinery, including cranes, telehandlers and attachments. It acts as main dealers for Valtra and Krone and also holds agencies for Amazone, BRP Can-Am, Dieci, Joskin, Polaris, Redrock, Rolland and San Marco.

Pearson Farm Supplies was established in 2005 from the family farm at West Marton. It has grown and diversified to become a one-stop-shop for farmers, supplying from doses to dog foods and specialising in animal health care products and livestock handling system

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