J Riley Beet Harvesters (UK) has expanded its slurry machinery portfolio with equipment from Bomech, Vogelsang, Kumm-Technik, TBL and Evers.

Complimenting the Vervaet self-propelled slurry applicator line-up brought to the UK by J Riley, Dutch manufacturer Bomech makes trailing shoe slurry applicators for mounting on trailed slurry tankers, self-propelled machines and directly onto the tractor linkage.

Bomech makes trailing shoe slurry applicators in widths from 7.5m to 30m.

Those requiring a high-quality disc injector can chose from the TBL line-up, and fellow Dutch firm Evers Agro makes a variety of slurry application tools.

Rileys will also become a primary UK dealer for Vogelsang, handling sales of booms in widths of 12m and above, and trailed twin- and tri-axle tankers from German manufacturer Kumm-Technik will be available in sizes from 16,500-31,000l as well as a range of high-capacity road-going transport tankers.

Rileys will also market cultivators, disc harrows and strip-till injectors, made by Dutch firm Evers Agro.

“We have historically sold our self-propelled machines complete with an applicator,” explains J Riley managing director Matt Carse, “so this development is the logical progression to expand and secure this part of the business. We wanted to supply our customers with the best equipment on the market to transport, handle and apply slurry and digestate.”

To handle sales of the new lines Rileys has appointed Sion Williams as sales director for slurry equipment (previously handled UK sales for Vogelsang), and  Richard Sockett, also formerly of Vogelsang UK, brings specialist technical knowledge to the slurry machinery side of the business. Additional service will be provided from a new sub-depot which is being opened near Shrewsbury.

Matt Carse (left) with Sion Williams, who has been involved in the slurry machinery industry for over 25 years. “Having dealt with Rileys quite extensively, joining the company has seemed like a natural progression, and with the wider product portfolio I think there’s considerable opportunity for growth,” says Mr Williams. “I’m looking forward to expanding and developing the successful slurry side of the business.”

“Large or small, we can offer everything from a standard trailed tanker with a 7.5m trailing shoe applicator to a self-propelled machine with a top of the range 36m dribble bar,” comments Mr Williams.

Rileys will also become a primary UK dealer for Vogelsang.

“There is also the option of used and factory refurbished machines. This extensive line-up allows us to cater for everyone from the family-run dairy farm looking to improve their slurry management through to the largest contractor servicing multiple AD plants.”

Mr Carse confirms that sugar beet harvesters will always be important to Rileys. “But these additions of experienced staff will ensure that we can continue to offer excellent service to our customers for both product lines, securing the company’s longevity, whilst also taking advantage of this great opportunity to strengthen and grow the slurry side of the business.”

Twin- and tri-axle trailed tankers from German manufacturer Kumm-Technik are also marketed in the UK by Rileys.

Jonathan Hoekman, commercial director at manufacturer Frans Vervaet, says that the company has had an excellent year for beet harvester sales in the UK and seen rapid growth of the Quad and Trike market.

He adds that the appointment of experienced staff Sion and Richard is an extremely strategic move for Vervaet and Rileys in the UK market. “It will allow us to increase sales of slurry machinery whilst letting Matt focus 100% of his time on the beet harvester market.”

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