A statement from Vantage England & Wales Ltd

As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, we are endeavouring to manage the situation as best we can and understand these are extraordinary and very difficult times for us all.

Our team & customers health and safety are of paramount importance to us, so we, like many other responsible companies, will be minimising our personal contact and working remotely where possible.

We would like to reassure you that we are still very much open for business.  We will continue to deliver the best possible service within the social distancing guidelines to all our customers.

This situation is ever changing as you will all appreciate and with that in mind, we will update you as soon as we can.  Please continue to contact us in the usual ways, by phone, email or social media.

We appreciate your patience and on-going support.

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Free webinar to help farmers get started with precision technology

Farmers who want to get started with precision technology and learn how it can improve efficiencies can get the lowdown on May 15 in a free online webinar. Organised by Trimble and its UK and Ireland dealer network, the webinar will explore the basics of precision farming, how to get started, and where to seek big results with little input.

“It’s the first live webinar we’ve ever done; we’re all sitting in home offices rather than being out at shows meeting and greeting people,” explains Lee Clarke, regional sales representative at Trimble. “The only way to reach out to farmers at the moment is using this new technology – perhaps it will be the new norm in future.”

Efficiency is key to farming businesses – whether that’s in the field or in record-keeping – and precision technology can help with all of that, says Mr Clarke. “Farmers are faced with rising input costs and extreme weather events which tighten the window of opportunity to carry out field work. There are also more demands for traceability and detailed record keeping. Precision fieldwork and linking data through apps address every aspect of that.”

The straight-talking webinar – entitled Precision farming solutions for today’s farmer – will cover arable and grassland technology, and conclude with a Q&A with Trimble’s UK-Ireland dealer network; Vantage England & Wales, Soil Essentials and Vantage Ireland.

The technology covered will include GPS tractor guidance systems and autosteer, section and rate control for sprayers, and the use of sensors for weed control and yield monitoring. It will also include the use of in-cab displays and connectivity between the tractor and farm computer or phone.

“The idea is to give real practical advice to farmers who want to get started with precision technology or get more out of the systems they are already using,” says Mr Clarke. “I hope that farmers will find it genuinely beneficial; we plan to hold further free webinars in the future.”

To register for the webinar please visit https://bit.ly/2zJ2VsF

Variable Rate Bundle On CFX-750 Lite Purchase

Not only have input costs put an added pressure on finances, but there is an ever-increasing pressure to record and monitor inputs and where they are applied.  To assist our customers with this, we are offering a Trimble CFX Lite with VRA functionality bundle for a purchase prices of only £2,495.00.  This display will allow our customers to automate section on/off at headlands, use coverage logging to accurately record what has been applied and of course, access the benefits of Trimble guidance.

Could this be a welcome addition to your implements whether they be spreaders, drills, sprayers or tankers?

Find out more on the CFX-Lite

CFX-Lite

 

*The above offer does not include installation or setup.

**Offer does not include the cable and is subject to implement compatibility.  Offer available 01.04.2020 to 30.06.2020.

 

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New appointment in a diverse landscape for Vantage England & Wales

Paul Alcock is joining the Vantage England & Wales team as an Area Sales Manager to cover the North Wales and West Midlands region.

Bringing with him a range of experience within the agricultural industry, Paul’s past experiences include working in aftersales, technical support and in contractor instructor roles both in Eastern Europe and West Africa.

Drawing on all this experience gives him a unique view on his customers’ needs. Farmers will be sure to find a customer focused approach with Paul.  You can see he has a passion for the sector and the people within it.

When it comes to finding precision farming solutions, focusing on what is important to customers and their needs is key. For Paul the attraction to this role was being involved in the application of technology in agriculture. “Vantage are an established leader in the UK within the field of precision ag technology.” he says, “working with the Trimble brand gives you the confidence that you are providing your customers with the best solutions which will work for them”. The Trimble product range allows customers to seamlessly join up there operations regardless of manufacturer or brand. With this diversity in product range farmers are guaranteed to find a solution that works for them.

Mark Griffiths, National Sales Manager  says “Paul brings a lot of experience to the sales team having worked for equipment manufacturers in the past managing aftermarket and distribution channels. The area of North Wales and West Midlands is diverse in farm type and due to its geography, our support of the dealer networks will be key in getting more of our solutions to the end users”.

In terms of value to the farmer, Paul wishes to focus on a more rounded approach  “Not only do I want to support my customers, but also the dealer network in my area, OEM’s and users alike” Supporting all business networks provides a stable and consistent product offering to all customers and end users. Paul will bring experience of business to business sales and knowledge of how dealers support customers,  important  for this sales region.

Although generally considered the industrial centre of the country the West Midlands plays an important role in our country’s agricultural industry too, with a diverse range of farming applications taking place within the counties that make up this region. Put that together with the northern regions of Wales and you have an exciting area of the country to be working within.

Traditionally we think of precision ag technology solely for the arable farmer however as Mark goes on to say “Often we underestimate the advantages our products can bring to areas associated with livestock, this is something we would like to improve and Paul plays a large part in helping customers realise the full potential of their farms.”

There are great opportunities to develop the future of farming. With access to the Trimble product portfolio Paul will be able to deliver a connected farm and assist customers in making the most of their technology. Together growing and developing to build a stable farming future utilising technology which facilitates the industry to thrive.

 

Contact us today to find the precision ag solution for you, from Vantage.

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New Year New Offer!

New year, new offer!
 

We’re offering a FREE modem and Trimble Ag software license with the purchase of a GFX-750 display and EZ-Pilot Pro.

*3 months Farmer Core trial license.

** EZ-Pilot Pro Steering system or Trimble AutoPilot CAN automated steering system.

Multiple brands and models catered for. Terms & Conditions apply.
 

Contact us today to make the most of this seasonal offer.

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Stress-free precision with new Vantage manager

Stress-free precision with new Vantage manager

Precision farming can make a difficult job far quicker and less stressful – and the latest addition to the Vantage support team can certainly testify to that.

Paul Knights – who has a long and varied career in electrical and mechanical communications – has been appointed the new area sales manager for Norfolk and Suffolk, acting as the first point of contact for farmers using Trimble precision farming technology.

“After I got the job I had a test drive using Trimble GPS on my friend’s farm in Kent,” says Mr Knights. “I hadn’t sat in a tractor for some time, but within minutes I was able to use a 9.3m roller with pinpoint precision. I rolled a 50ha field, and it looked like perfectly corrugated cardboard – and I still felt as fresh as a daisy afterwards. If I hadn’t had the precision kit I would have been a gibbering mess trying to achieve that level of accuracy by myself. It’s just phenomenal.”

Mr Knights started his career in the Army’s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers corps, before later moving into telecommunications engineering. “I also worked on sheep stations in Australia and cattle farms in New Zealand – I love their ‘can-do’ attitude.”

As a project field engineer with Nokia, he was piloted in to manage the most complex and remote mobile installations in Europe. “About 70% of the sites were very rural, so I was dealing with farmers and landowners and helping to solve their problems. The countryside is my passion and I think it’s vital to communicate effectively and treat the land with respect – and I bring that professionalism with me to my new role.”

A father of three boys, living in rural Norfolk, Mr Knights knows how important it is to fit in around farmers’ busy lifestyles. “I passionately believe in building a good rapport and maintaining a high level of support for the customer. Good communication is just common courtesy.”

Having trialled the Trimble technology himself, Mr Knights is more convinced than ever about the benefits it can bring to farmers. “Farmers are wanting to save time and effort, and become more profit orientated. I’m looking forward to making a positive impact, marketing and assisting with something which I know works and is the Rolls Royce of guidance systems. That makes the job so much easier and allows your conscience to say: ‘I’ve done something good today’.”

Richard Larke, the current sales manager for East Anglia, is becoming Vantage’s Trimble Agricultural Business Software sales manager with a focus on connecting farm information to help deliver more informed decisions. He will remain the sales manager for Cambridgeshire.

Mark Griffiths, national sales manager at Vantage England and Wales, says the addition of Mr Knight to the team will help the firm to become the best in the country for providing joined-up solutions for British agriculture. “Paul comes from a strong background in telecommunications; with all equipment becoming more connected it is important for us to have expertise in this area. Paul’s roots in the rural community and his experience of coordinating projects across challenging terrain will strengthen Vantage, where delivering solutions for our customers is our number one priority.”

Data-Driven Decisions With New Vantage Area Manager

New Vantage Area Manager - Lily Nuttall

Data-driven decisions can improve farm efficiencies significantly, and a new team member at Vantage England and Wales is set to show farmers the full benefits of precision technology.

Lily Nuttall, the firm’s new area sales manager for the South East, has considerable experience in helping farmers to benefit from data rather than simply recording it – and is looking forward to linking up her knowledge of software with evolving precision farming techniques.

“Precision farming is more cost effective – there’s reduced waste – and with the uncertainty of Brexit it is a logical move,” she says. “I’m really excited about getting to grips with different Trimble devices and how they can help individual farmers.”

Miss Nuttall grew up on a farm and studied agriculture at Plumpton College, Sussex, spending her middle year working with pedigree beef cattle, followed by a summer precision soil sampling with ACS Farm Image. Upon graduating, she secured a job at Farmplan, training and supporting farmers and agronomists using the data recording software.

“I saw the Vantage job advertised, and wanted to bring my practical knowledge and enthusiasm to the role. Trimble equipment and software is so flexible – even if you’ve got lots of different brands of machinery on your farm you can fit the Trimble system to it. Then if you sell a tractor, you can just take the hardware out and put it into the new one, it’s just so adaptable. And with complete record keeping of what you’ve done and where it makes everything so easy.”

Mark Griffiths, national sales manager at Vantage England and Wales, says Lily’s appointment will bring an important presence in a key region for the firm. “Around 10% of UK farms are found in this area, with strong potential for most crop types,” he explains.

“Lily will bring experience of data collection and analysis from a variety of equipment. Having the expertise to supply equipment correctly based on farmers’ requirements is important, and understanding how this equipment and data can be used to make informed decisions is of great value in this area of the UK.”

IMPORTANT – FREQUENCY UPDATE

Trimble are updating their RTX™ real-time correction streams to AES Encryption and changing to new satellite beams to provide you with the most advanced technology available, ensuring network coverage expansion for years to come.

These changes will provide you with additional data security, technology enhancements, and greater access to Trimble’s ever-expanding CenterPoint® RTX Fast network, with increased reliability and access to faster convergence times in more areas.

This means it is essential to update your firmware, unless it is the minimum version or above, and configure all Trimble RTX and Trimble xFill® compatible devices to frequency: 1545.4900 MHz / Baud Rate: 2400 bps thus ensuring no loss of Trimble RTX and Trimble xFill positioning services.

Firmware should be as indicated in the chart below or higher.  If your firmware is a lower version, please contact info@vantage-ag.uk.

DeviceMinimum
Firmware Version
GFX-650 / NAV-9001.01
TMX-20504.2.1
CFX-7507.75
FmX10.01

For instructions on how to check your firmware version and selecting the right frequency, please select your product from the following links.

Trimble RTX EA Frequency Update on TMX-2050 Precision-IQ Display – https://youtu.be/UmQZO_9dXG0

Trimble RTX EA Frequency Update on TMX-2050 FmX+ or FmX Display –  https://youtu.be/yXwiw2taAWo

Trimble RTX EA Frequency Update on CFX-750 Display  –  https://youtu.be/QuVYX7w_0C8

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Trimble Establishes Global Vantage Distribution Network

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it is extending its distribution channel by establishing a new global network of independent distribution partners to serve the needs of the rapidly evolving precision agriculture industry. The new Vantage™ distribution network will provide growers, advisors, retailers, co-ops and local OEM dealers with precision agriculture expertise for the entire farm. Vantage partners will provide the complete Trimble precision agriculture portfolio.  As well as advise growers and their advisors on the right combination of technology-based solutions for their operation to improve farm efficiency and productivity.

MapShots and Trimble Announce New Integration with Trimble’s Connected Farm

MapShots, Inc. and Trimble (NASDAQ:  TRMB) today announced a new integration that allows all users of MapShots’ signature AgStudio® software platform to read as-applied maps and production data from Trimble’s Connected Farm™ solution. Previously, AgStudio software users could only read harvest data from the Connected Farm solution.

Now, users with current subscriptions to AgStudio software are able to communicate seamlessly with Trimble field devices and wirelessly transfer field data, as-applied maps and production data from planters, spreaders and sprayers as well as combines for harvest data. The recent integration taps into the new Trimble Connected Farm file transfer API, which provides data sharing access with the Connected Farm solution, and offers AgStudio software users more flexibility in importing data from an even wider variety of company systems.

“This integration with Trimble’s Connected Farm solution allows our customers greater access to information that streamlines production management,” said Ted Macy, vice president of operations at MapShots. “Whether it’s variable rate seeding, variable rate fertility, or managing harvest data, AgStudio software users now can import even more valuable information and make decisions based on activities carried out by Trimble guidance and steering systems.”

Trimble’s Connected Farm solution combines industry-leading hardware and software to increase efficiency and enable better decision making. Together, the two companies allow agricultural providers to better manage production data.

“The integration with MapShots AgStudio software fits into Trimble’s Connected Farm strategy to provide growers a more complete picture of their field activities while allowing them a choice of software tools to analyze data and make production decisions,” said Pierre-Andre Rebeyrat, strategic marketing director of Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “We are excited to welcome MapShots to the growing list of companies that have taken advantage of the Connected Farm file transfer API.”