We are continuing to build the dealer network that markets and supports the Spread-a-Bale with two new appointments – both covering highly significant regions.

C T Hayton Ltd, which has branches at Kendal and Wigton, will cover Cumbria, and was the first dealership to receive the new galvanised version of the machine, that we launched this autumn.

And Condon Machinery, based at Farran, Ballinascarthy, County Cork, will cover Southern Ireland.

Haytons is a long established company and is still owned and managed by the founding family. It is a main dealer for Case IH, Merlo, Lely, HiSpec and Case construction. Their salesman James Robinson, says the machine is already solving several problems for farmer users:

“Compared with other machines that bed down livestock, it is very easy to use and doesn’t create dust or chop the straw when spreading it. We already have a very busy demonstration programme set up for the machine”.

John-Joe Condon believes the new galvanised model will appeal to Irish farmers. His company has sold a number of the earlier versions of the machine across the country over the past 20 years:

“Users say they are excellent machines. They are especially valuable for smaller scale farmers who work on their own, who can use the time saved by bedding down mechanically for other work”.

Tom Robinson, Sales Manager for Spread-a-Bale, says the current economic situation facing livestock farmers also makes the machine a judicious investment:

“Livestock farmers – especially dairymen facing the latest round of price cuts – need to cut their over-heads and Spread-a-Bale’s ability to reduce straw usage will help them do that.

“As it makes a more even, longer lasting bed that users confirm keeps animals more healthy, it also has potential to reduce veterinary and medicine bills, and production losses caused by conditions like mastitis.

“The machine reduces bedding-down livestock from a laborious manual task to a quick and efficient mechanical one, so they may also be able to reduce employed labour”.