Claydon expands its dealer network in Scotland

Claydon Drills has added to its rapidly growing UK distribution network with the appointment of an additional dealer in Scotland. Based at Kelty in Fife, J. Low Agri Services Ltd will handle the sale and service of the full range of Claydon Opti-Till® products in Stirlingshire, Fife, and Perthshire.

Established by agricultural engineer Jimmy Low in 2002, the company moved to its current premises on the Kelty Industrial Park in 2015. A main dealer for Case IH, together with many other well-known agricultural machinery brands, J. Low Agri Services provides an all-round agricultural service to customers in an area which extends from Forfar in the north and Crieff in the west to just south of Edinburgh. Currently employing eight staff, it is continuing to thrive and grow.

“Taking on the Claydon franchise is an exciting and timely development for our business because many farmers are looking to improve soil health and reduce production costs, of which crop establishment is a major part,” Jimmy Low states. “During a visit to the Claydon factory and farm in Suffolk just before harvest the enthusiasm and commitment of the staff were very apparent. We were also able to see the high standards to which Claydon products are manufactured and the excellent crops which the Opti-Till® System produces.

“This is a mixed farming area, so it is important to offer machinery which is versatile and effective. The Claydon range suits the needs of farming businesses in both the arable and livestock sectors, many of whom are currently using plough/combi drill or min-till methods to establish arable and forage crops but are considering a more cost-effective, efficient, and timely approach. The Opti-Till® System delivers all those advantages and more.

“Farmers are understandably cautious given the current political and economic uncertainty, but we feel that Claydon will prove a popular addition to our range because of the numerous benefits which the Opti-Till® System provides. As part of our commitment to the brand we have already invested in a 3m Claydon Hybrid drill and carried out several on-farm demonstrations for potential customers.”

Claydon’s Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland, Rob Dunk, adds: “We are delighted to welcome J Low Agri Services as a Claydon dealer. The company’s appointment represents a further significant step forwards in offering our products through a network of carefully selected, enthusiastic, professional dealers.

“Farming businesses have little influence over input costs or end prices but can dramatically reduce production costs and increase yields by adopting a much more cost-effective, efficient approach to crop establishment. The Opti-Till® System provides a financially and ecologically attractive alternative to conventional full cultivations and min-till systems which are time consuming, inefficient, expensive, can over-work the soil and destroy its structure.”