As June is the busiest time of year, we decided to catch up with William Barrow along with his Dad; Andrew Barrow from A W & C M Barrow Agricultural Contractors, Penkridge, Staffordshire.
A W & C M Barrow Agricultural Contractors is a family business ran by Mum, Dad, two sons and three workers which started off as just Andrew! The team cover over 6,000 acres a year split between drilling, chopping, grass and muck. 1,000 of the acreage is drilling maize but there is a rather different 50 acres drilled for pumpkin seeds!
Heidi went to catch up with William whilst he was using the Vaderstad Tempo drill the family bought from RVW Pugh in 2020 to drill 12 acres of pumpkin seeds at Lower Drayton Farm in Staffordshire.
William explained: “I’ve been using the Vaderstad drill since last year and I cannot fault it, I’d say it’s the best drill you can buy. I used to use a Gaspardo drill but they didn’t do air assisted which is what made us make the change. We were looking for a Vaderstad for a little while and we ended up going to RVW Pugh’s open day at Market Drayton and that’s when we decided to order the drill through the company.
The drill is so simple to use, with previous drills you are replacing the gasket yearly because of the rubber parts wearing but with the Vaderstad you don’t have that there’s no wearing parts. Also the calibration is easy to set up which makes the job a lot quicker.”
The Barrow family are a new customer to RVW Pugh but already have good things to say; “I actually had to call Sam Fox yesterday for a bit of advice on the drill, being a bank holiday I wasn’t sure if he would pick up but he helped me out which is what’s needed” William explained.