2015 was potentially looking to be a disastrous year for Greg Allan Farm Machinery in Colac when Greg had a life-threatening heart attack early in the year and was away from the business for almost four months.
But as Greg says now “The team lifted and took control of the business. We were thrown into turmoil but everybody had their designated job to do.”
So much so that at Lely Australia’s forage dealer conference at Lardner Park, near Warragul, last month, Greg Allan Machinery was awarded the top performing dealership nationally for 2015.
The conference saw the release of Lely Australia’s new Tulip Biga vertical mixer range which has been built with the latest innovative mixing technology which includes two unique double-action augers, heavy duty construction and reduced power consumption.
The two Tulip Biga Maxi Twin Eco+ models have mixing capacities of 20 and 24 cubic metres.
Also revealed at the conference were the new Lely Welger RP 160 V variable chamber round baler models which will supplement Lely’s existing well-proven range of balers.
These new generation variable round balers produce bale diameters from 0.90 to 1.60 m to meet the high demands of today’s users on bale density and capacity. Some of the distinctive features are a new camless free running pick-up, power saving due to the lack of cam followers, fewer moving parts and maintenance-free because the components need no lubrication.
On winning the award for their performance in 2015, Greg Allan said that it was as good a year as he has seen, despite the short season.
“Customers, particularly farm contractors, know that they need to get orders in early in the year, around March and April, to ensure delivery when they need it. The Lely products that we sold were mainly their Welger round balers; we have about 80% market share in our region, particularly among contractors. Also the Lotus tedders are durable and do a good job.”
“We’ve been a Lely dealer for around twenty years”, Greg explained, “and it’s not always a bed of roses, but that’s what business is about.”
“Lely Australia is a good company to get on with, they are reasonable people and you get the access to talk with the top management, and if it is a difficult deal that you’re after, everybody knows where they stand. And they are a small enough company to treat you as an individual.”
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