Questions & Answers

Should I Join?

Membership is available to all farmers, farming businesses, advisors, hire firms, property agents, maintenance companies, commodity suppliers and indeed all who need access to agricultural and rural machinery and services. Membership ranges from large estates to farms with only a few acres, contractors and farmers with a comprehensive line up of machinery to those with little or no machinery. There are companies who can provide services to agriculture, as diverse as seed cleaning and hydraulic hose repair, to those who simply provide their skills to drive tractors and other plant or to look after livestock and relief milk. In recent times forage procurement and sale have played on ever growing sector as has the supply of Derv, Gas Oil and Kerosene to not only farming businesses but private customers as well.

How Does a Machinery Ring Operate?

A member requiring a particular service contacts the Ring Office and they will contact suppliers to find one available to carry out the work. There is no obligation for a member to undertake a job or let a machine go out on hire. The supplier contacts the customer and they arrange for the work to be done. A member can request a specific supplier or state who he or she does not wish to use

How Do I Join?

To become a member, simply contact your local Ring Office and arrange for a meeting to find out about your farm and/or rural business. Then complete an application form, a direct debit mandate, credit check form and a cheque for your first year’s subscription. The more information that you can supply about your business, the more likely your machinery ring will be able to help you.

How Much Does Membership Cost?

Each individual machinery ring has their own roles of membership so please contact your local office for details . Membership can be seen as either a cost effective form of annual advertising, reaching a large and specialist market, or an insurance against breakdown or sickness. In reality, most members find they can lake advantages of both benefits at some stage .