Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who can join
The Ring is open to all
farmers, contractors; self employed workers, mechanics,
advisers, hire firms and any business offering or demanding
services broadly related to agriculture.
Q. How does the Ring
The Ring office holds a central database listing all its members
and what machines and services they have as well as a database
of labour members. When a member contacts us requesting a service or machine we are able to
match that demand with the nearest and most suitable supplier.
Q. The idea sounds good
in theory, but can it work in practice if everyone wants machines
at the same time?
The Ring is able to search
for a supplier amongst a lot of members over a large area. There
will always be a strong seasonal demand for certain machines and
services but even in the most difficult of seasons there are
always some people who have finished long before others and are
looking for extra work. The Ring is there to co-ordinate and
make sure that suppliers and demanders can immediately be put in
touch with one another.
Q. I have spare machines
at certain times of the year but I am reluctant to let anyone else
use them. What do I do?
Most machinery today is highly sophisticated and needs skilled
operation. That is why most jobs the ring organises will involve
the supplier member providing both machine and his own operator.
There will be some items of machinery that will be hired without
an operator if the supplier and demander wish. Remember, the
Ring is only there to match supply and demand, it is left
entirely up to members as to which of their machines they offer,
and when and how they are to be offered.
Q. What other services can Machinery Rings offer?
well as machinery and labour, many Rings also offer a wide range
of additional services such as commodity and fuel supplies,
group purchasing, business services and training. Contact your
Local Ring for details of services
available in your area.