Carrfields Machinery are now the exclusive distributor for Cross Slot products for New Zealand and Australia including sales, parts and servicing. The first step in the relationship, which came into effect on January 1 2017, was to manufacture a five metre, highly spec’d drill which will be showcased at Central Districts and South Island field days in March.
Cross Slot low-disturbance, no-tillage drills are already exported to 20 countries in the world but their impact and presence at field days, together with the range of Carrfields Machinery’s quality brands, will raise the profile of their leading-edge technology.
“Within the Carrfields Group is the CLAAS Harvest Centre Canterbury business which distributes top-end European brands such as CLAAS, JCB and Amazone among others and the agreement brings the benefits of their agricultural machinery distribution network to Cross Slot customers,” Baker No-Tillage, General Manager, Bill Ritchie, says.
“Potential Cross Slot purchasers will engage with a fully resourced, well-known and respected farm machinery distributor with branches throughout New Zealand and in Melbourne, meeting both local, regional and national requirements.”
The arrangement includes financing, trade-ins, demonstrations, servicing, parts and exposure at field days, he says.
Carrfields Machinery General Manage, Matt Keen says he is delighted to add Cross Slot to the company’s extensive product portfolio available to New Zealand and Australian customers.
“We are very pleased to partner with Baker No-Tillage to bring Cross Slot technology to farmers,” he says. “Cross Slot is an exciting innovation that has already been proven to increase crop yields and farm profits. We’re excited about presenting it to our customers at field days alongside our existing range of world-leading premium farm machinery brands.”
CEO and Chairman, John Baker says Cross Slot has become the benchmark that other no-tillage is measured against and its drills were created to ensure consistent success and effectiveness of no-tillage in farmers’ hands.
“While continuing to maintain the direct and personal contact we have with farmers and contractors, we’re enabled by the agreement to refocus on product development, refinement and product support by ensuring our technology continues to evolve,” John Baker says.
“We’re delighted to join a successful national operation, that is 100% New Zealand owned and operated by the Carr family,” he says. “We predict a bright future.”