Farmer’s son Steve Newlove has joined UK-based agricultural machinery manufacturer Claydon as Field Sales Manager for Scotland and the North of England.
Brought up on the family farm near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, where his father also operated an agricultural contracting business, Steve studied agricultural land management at Askham Bryan College near York before working on the 112-acre holding from 1996 until it was sold in 2013.
Having purchased a smallholding near Malton, Steve joined agricultural machinery dealer J. Wood & Son Ltd at Kirbymoorside as Area Sales Manager for North and East Yorkshire. After four years with the company he took up his current position with Claydon and from his North Lincolnshire home now covers an area up to the north of Scotland.
“Farming is a very relationship-based industry, in which the importance of good products, customer service and trust cannot be overstated,” Steve highlights. “Having worked on my family’s own farm and for a company which took on the Claydon franchise during my time there I know exactly what farmers and dealers want from Claydon products.
“J. Wood & Sons was one of the first Claydon dealers in an area where farmers primarily rely on traditional plough-based crop establishment methods. I used to think that was the only way too, but once I saw the agronomic and economic benefits of the Claydon System there was no turning back. I only want to be involved with products that I would want to purchase or operate myself, so the Claydon range is ideal and the timing could not be better.
“During the last five years many farms in the north of England and Scotland have been bitten by bad weather and not been able to establish the crops that they had intended, either in the autumn or spring. Increasingly they appreciate the need to move away from ploughing to improve timeliness, reduce weather risk and cut establishment costs but, understandably, want reassurance that any new methods will work on their own farm. They want to see the results before investing, which is why we encourage them to visit another farm locally which uses the Claydon System, have a demonstration or arrange for a contractor to drill a trial acreage.
“The massive savings in establishment costs achieved by using the Claydon System mean that in terms of timeliness, yield and profitability farmers who use it are well ahead of where they would be had they continued to use conventional plough-based or min-till establishment methods. The Claydon System is so adaptable and diverse that it suits any type of soil, conditions or crops, from grass to maize, so there is huge untapped potential to develop our presence in these regions. Currently, I am contacting all existing Claydon customers as well as dealers who might be interested in working with the brand to increase our representation and ensure that we provide the best-possible service.”