Especially in today’s world of supermarkets squeezing down the money they give to farmers, farmers need to ensure that they are always fully stocked with farm supplies, such as farm fences, farm gates, wire netting, disinfectant and rat poison to make their often small profit margins. Smallholding farms particularly may need to frequently buy farm supplies. This article will give details on where to buy farm supplies.
Farm supplies locally
Co-operatives Due to the typical ‘local’ nature of farming (though, this is changing), there are many places where people can get farm supplies locally. Farmers are often part of co-operatives which predominantly deal in monitoring and regulating products produced on different farms. These co-operatives also co-ordinate seasonal workers in places where they are most needed (due to particular harvests). Another benefit of this, however, is that farmers will be able to have contacts, which can serve them well. In this case, they will be able to borrow farm supplies or get them at ‘mate’s rates’. Local farm stores and markets There are also many local non-chain stores which sell farm supplies. Since they are specific to the area, they can better tailor to particular farmer’s needs (that’s the theory, anyway). There are also many local farmers’ markets where people can buy food, judge the best livestock (‘best pig’, ‘best cow’ etc.), have fun and games. Farmers can get farm supplies at such markets, if not normal markets, though these are typically used for more selling products.
Farm supplies from large companies
Country Wide Farmers That being said, there are many nationwide farm shops. One of them is Country Wide Farmers which has a popular website, over 45 country stores (mostly in West England) and prides itself on being ‘the leading UK business in the supply of products to the rural community’. It offers a variety of services including ‘smallholder weekends’, ‘equestrian events’ and ‘farmer events’. In the stores and online, it sells products such as clothing, footwear, equestrian supplies, garden & leisure supplies, household & gift ware. The actual farm supplies include cleaners and disinfectants, pest control, seeds and a huge array of different health equipment for animals. McVeigh Parker McVeigh Parker is another company which provides farm supplies. They offer many different products, but specialise in providing fences and gates for farms.