Skipton’s second bi-annual Spring show of agricultural machinery, equipment, and animal healthcare products proved a resounding success.
Visitors inspect the latest agricultural machinery in the
Guy Machinery exhibition area.
Staged at Skipton Auction Mart (Tuesday, Feb 23), the show attracted an attendance in excess of 1,500 people from across the North of England – an increase of more than 300 on the launch event in 2008.
Joint organisers Guy Machinery, who are based at the auction mart, and animal health products specialist and agricultural merchants Pearson Farm Supplies, of West Marton, said they were both surprised and delighted with the turnout.
Guy Machinery’s managing director Graham Guy and Pearson Farm Supplies’ owner Chris Pearson commented afterwards “It once again proved that there is a demand for this type of event in the region. The show created all-round interest for a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses, among them agricultural communities, construction companies and people with equestrian interests.”
Guy Machinery co-ordinated a grand parade, with running commentary, of the latest agricultural machinery from Valtra Tractors, Krone grassland equipment, Can-Am quad bikes and Ifor Williams Trailers, for whom Guy has now taken over the regional distributorship.
Pearson Farm Supplies showcased animal health product ranges, along with large stock handling equipment, cattle crushes, sheep races, clipping machines, water storage and diesel tanks, and feed blocks.
The latest information on EID sheep tagging was also available, while representatives from some 15 pharmaceutical companies shone the spotlight on the latest wormers, vaccines and drugs. Around 100 trade stands also set up stall, displaying agricultural-related products and parts.
There was again a strong charity element to the show, with all proceeds - once finalised - to be donated to the special care baby unit at Airedale General Hospital, Steeton
The top prize in a charity raffle was a Can-Am Outlander 400 quad bike worth £5,800, won by North Craven sheep farmer Alan Smith, of Cold Cotes, Clapham. In the past, Mr Smith has used the farm’s Land Rover to do the rounds of his Swaledale and Mule sheep. “I’ll now be doing it in style on my brand-new quad bike!” he said.
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