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Record tractor delivery for AC Goatham

Kent topfruit grower buys 20 New Holland vehicles as it updates its fleet across 28 farms

Record tractor delivery for AC Goatham

L-r: Steve Everard, Jeremy Cloude and Clive Goatham

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AC Goatham & Son has taken delivery of its largest-ever order of new tractors, with 20 New Holland vehicles supplied by Haynes Agricultural being delivered to Flanders Farm, Hoo this month.

The new vehicles will have a range of roles in the orchards and around Goatham's 28 farms, bringing greater technology, innovation and efficiency to its existing fleet of vehicles, the company explained.

The delivery consisted of four T7-245 for heavy-duty haulage around the farm, six T4-100N for spray and orchard operations, and 10 Boomer 35 tractors for picking train operations.

AC Goatham director Steve Everard said: “We are delighted to be taking delivery of these new vehicles from Haynes, who have been supplying our business over the last 70 years. These vehicles bring with them a number of opportunities to integrate the technology of our farm operations, linking more closely the work of the driver, farm managers and growing teams. They will also play a vital role during our busy harvest period, when it is essential to get fruit quickly from the field and into cold storage.”

Jeremy Cloude of Haynes Agricultural added: “We are delighted to once again work with our longstanding customers AC Goatham & Son and to fulfil this, which is their largest single order of tractors in their 70-year history. These vehicles are fuel efficient and equipped with a whole range of features which make it easier for the driver, whilst providing information back to their farm team.

"The technology in these vehicles means there is much greater precision and accuracy of a number of operations and they are fast, powerful and reliable during the busy harvest periods."

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