Sponsored for the first time by John Deere, NAAC Contractor 2017 at the East of England Showground on Thursday 14th December is the UK’s only national event for the professional land-based contractor.
This combined conference and exhibition will address the important role that contractors play and examine how they may need to adapt to the changing needs of the farming industry post-Brexit.
As well as an exhibition of contractor specific machinery and services, the day will feature high profile speakers at a morning conference, with additional transport-focused discussion and debate in the afternoon.
The speakers include NFU president Meurig Raymond, secretary and adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers Jeremy Moody, John Deere Limited managing director Jonathan Henry, NAAC member and chairman of the Agricultural Operations section Matt Redman, Waitrose agriculture manager Duncan Sinclair and agricultural supply consultant Cedric Porter of Supply Intelligence.
The John Deere stand, situated next to the NAAC seminar area, will include an interactive tractor optimisation feature using models to illustrate tractor ballasting, tyre pressure, axle loading and overall weight, based on using a front loader, trailer and both mounted and trailed implements. Visitors will be able to complete a simple worksheet to calculate the correct weight and ballast requirements.
The company will also be demonstrating aspects of John Deere Connected Support, which is designed to help improve machinery uptime. A free Connected Machine remote health check can be carried out on the stand for any customer’s machine working on the day with an active JDLink subscription, which just requires the vehicle’s serial number.