19Nov 2019
  • CNH Agritechnica
  • Teagle Agritechnica
  • Rexroth Agritechnica

I’m eternally grateful that Agritechnica for me is ‘just’ a visit – fair play to all those exhibitor staff manning stands for the full duration – arriving in the dark, leaving in the dark and breathing in recirculated air all day. Hats off too to the setup and breakdown teams, many of whom remain on-site for early morning tidy ups, polishing and removal of grubby finger marks from the shiny toys on display.
That said, 2 full days at the Greatest Show on Earth had their usual effect of around 40,000 steps worth of shoe leather erosion, meaning some positive health and fitness benefits at least.
Anyway, the bigger picture: an outstandingly impressive event, this year perhaps more so than in recent previous years with an above-average number of big-ticket launches. This was very evident in harvesting equipment, whether cereal, forage or root crop, with a mix of brand-new designs and some impressive facelifts. Materials handling too saw plenty to talk about, and this is a product group where electric power is not far from appearing in price lists.
Okay, let’s name some names: New Holland’s award-winning methane-powered T6 model should start to make an appearance on dealer forecourts next year, and the joint Massey Ferguson / Trelleborg ‘Next’ project has some interesting initiatives which will no doubt permeate down to market level pretty soon too. Steyr is very likely being positioned as a premium product in the CNH Industrial portfolio, while the light green and dark green big beasts in Hall 13 had wow factor, innovation and sexy new concepts by the bucketload.
Quite telling with all the key longliners is the mainstreaming of what was previously only seen in the tech startups and niche precision technology suppliers. With impressive looking autonomous tractor concepts from John Deere and Case IH for example, plus all sorts of non-chemical weed control systems, soil sampling and data collection and presentation systems up in the cloud, we should be under no illusion that our future field operations will have a much different look about them. No surprise that some of the most interesting stuff lacks the physical presence of a big half-million-pound hunk of machinery – it’s the data systems (365FarmNet for example) which impress with some far-sighted intelligent solutions. Beyond this, autonomy projects notably from Naïo and Agrointelli look to be close to commercial availability and we are seeing some clever technology in the immediate pipeline from the likes of Trimble too.
UK manufacturers keen to further develop export business also merit a mention – Teagle, Garford and Martin Lishman stand out through the innovation in their own niche sectors, and the Department for International Trade were on hand to facilitate contact in new markets.
So, something of a busman’s holiday for JP Trett in one respect? No doubt it’s an environment we know well and have plenty of contacts in already, but we certainly came away having expanded our network further, gaining ‘behind the velvet rope’ access to some very senior business leaders keen to know more about our services, plenty of collaborative meetings resulting in mutual spin-offs with our International Agricultural Recruitment partners at IARA as well as an afterparty invitation which was gratefully accepted resulting in further high level networking and socialising. We returned further educated, and with an expanded network of friends in high places.
Fast-forward a year and we will be playing ‘international trade fair eeny meeny miny moe’ – November 2020 crams in SIMA from the 8th to the 12th, EIMA from the 11th to the 15th, and then a small breather before EuroTier between the 17th and 20th. Roadtrip anyone?

23Oct 2019
Ag Careers Live 2019

Ag Careers Live provides industry inspiration on what direction to take within agriculture and the opportunities to begin or develop your future.

JP Trett will be on hand on stand 5 to answer any questions you have regarding a career in the agricultural industry from CV writing to interview skills.

We hope to see you on 20th November at Villa Park, Birmingham

06Sep 2019
Farmers Weekly Awards VIP Drinks Sponsor

We are delighted to be part of the Farmers Weekly Awards and proud to be the sponsor of the VIP Drinks.

Farmers Weekly Awards celebrate the very best of British farming by recognising and rewarding innovation, hard work and passion for agriculture.

The awards, now in its fifteenth year, provide an opportunity to showcase the best farmers in the country by telling their stories.

The Farmers Weekly Awards night has become a highlight in the farming social calendar. The 2019 awards will take place on Thursday 3rd October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Farmers Weekly Awards are the most established awards in the agriculture industry and includes fourteen categories covering a range of enterprise types looking for the best in farming across the country.

30Aug 2019
County Showing - Lee Oakes

Congratulations to Lee Oakes on winning the JP Trett Facebook ‘Farm Animal’ photo competition. We think this is the epitome of the ‘County Show’ and everything great about British Farming.

07Jun 2019
The 2019 British Farming Awards

JP Trett Managing Director James Trett is delighted to be part of the Agricultural Student of the Year judging panel – sponsored by Kubota at this years British Farming Awards.

The awards are will recognise and reward the extraordinary breed of farmers who have made their business a success through innovation, determination, grit and foresight.

02May 2019
JP Trett Student Ambassador Josh Joachim

The end

I cannot believe where firstly the last 7 months of my final year have gone, but more alarmingly the last 5 years, since I gained the title of Harper Adams fresher! I can distinctly remember driving through the pouring rain to a campus open day in October 2013 after being hounded by a Harper Adams placement student at home to go and have a look – my word was it worth the M6 gridlock and the early morning start!

Anyone reading this with friends or family considering applying for Harper Adams in the future, I can honestly not recommend it higher. The facilities, the level of teaching and the all-round student experience are unrivalled, and for anyone coming from a farming background, it is like a home-from-home being situated away in the countryside. Personal highlights in my time at Harper have been of course the incredible end of term balls that the SU put on but also representing the university football team. The real USP of Harper Adams University is the compulsory work placement year, which is invaluable in giving us students a year of work experience in the industry field that we hope to enter upon graduation, and I have seen that having that placement year on your CV opens many doors that may not have opened quite so readily if your CV reads school-college-university.

Although the title of this final blog is ‘The End’, it’s not quite the end as I have just finished printing my dissertation; apart from overheating slightly, the printer coped fine and both copies of the project are safely stashed away in the infamous brown envelope ready for submission next week! An advantage of having some friends who graduated from Harper Adams in recent years is that I have some handy inside knowledge on the mania that descends on the Harper Adams library in dissertation hand-in week, with harrowing stories of printer meltdowns and gridlock queues across campus! Thus, I stockpiled the paper and ink cartridges and set in for the long haul. When you start out with the dissertation and the word limit is 10,000 words you begin with plenty of waffle to try and make sure you are somewhere near the word count but as you get further in, 10,000 words is quite craftily a very tough target to keep to! Who would have thought that you could write 10,000 words on stripper headers, eh? Additionally, here’s a fun fact for any upcoming pub quiz, how many words have I written across all assignments and the dissertation to complete my degree? Incorrect – in a bid to ward off re-reading my dissertation I decided to count how many and it came to just over 90,000, and I would imagine I have used enough ink in exams to get a whole body tattoo of my dissertation!

I guess I will sign off this ‘Who do you think you are?’ style blog with thanking everyone at the university for all their help and support; I think it’s fair to say there have been plenty of ups and downs since September 2014 but the service given has been exceptional. Thanks to Julie (who I’m sure doesn’t remember me or have any idea that she’s getting a shout-out in this blog) for cleaning Darby LHS bottom floor flat in my first year and thanks to our adopted cat in second year Edmund (who was feral and who I imagine is no longer with us) for keeping the mice down in our jungle of a back garden.

Go well all!


28Mar 2019
JP Trett Student Ambassador Josh Joachim

March Blog – by JP Trett Student Ambassador Josh Joachim

We’ve just about had enough of all this B*****! 

Well, well, well, in February I wrote that the last day of spring term was going to coincide with the day we left the EU… how wrong I was! B***** not only is the bane of everyone’s general life but also for us business students, who try to offer strategic recommendations in our assignments but creativity is becoming increasingly restricted by whatever (if any) B***** outcome if forthcoming!

Anyway, enough of that, it is quite surreal thinking that I am now entering my final term at Harper Adams University. It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since I first experienced the M6 gridlock and then proceeded to experience the anxiety of whether the M6 Toll barrier would allow me through. I must say, this year has flown by and now we really are entering the business end of the season. A busy Easter “holidays” beckons for many, with dissertations and the final few assignments handed in within the first fortnight back, then on to doing all that wider reading meant for earlier reading weeks…

This term has been an epic one for many reasons. One of the highlights was certainly the lecture given by Mark Hemming, Regional Director of Amazon UK, who has the incredible job of overseeing 10 Amazon fulfilment centres – it was a fantastic insight into their business model and the level of planning that goes into their operations.

Along with the 6 Nations rugby, the Cheltenham Festival also attracts a sizeable Harper contingent and this year was no different, with the luck of the Irish staying with us for Paddy’s Ball. Hats off to Harper Ireland again for smashing it with the organisation and it was once again a memorable (partially) night in the SU!

The Careers Fair 2019 was also held a couple of weeks ago, an ideal opportunity for students to meet with experts in the recruitment industry including Phoebe and Anna from JP Trett. “Highly insightful” and “very useful” were the verdicts from students who attended, and the event also acted as an opportune reminder for final years to get a handle on what career opportunities are currently out there, ready for finishing in a matter of just a few weeks now!

Looking ahead, I’m sure there will be the need for some re-upholstering on the 24hr room computer chairs as several deadlines approach. Many final and 2nd years will still be travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles in the coming weeks searching for graduate and placement positions, for which specialist interview advice from JP Trett can be found below!

All that’s left to say is have a smashing Easter and Go well!

06Mar 2019
RBS Six Nations 2019

Six Nations or assignments?

February always brings the university campus alive; partly due to us entering the home straight of the academic year, but also for the start of the Six Nations rugby tournament! The stereotype of farmers and rugby is very much credible as the rugby jerseys come out of the drawers and are worn with pride throughout the weekend’s matches. Friendships go out of the window for at least 80 minutes each weekend, as do worries about assignments/ dissertations/ revision!

Talking of dissertations, they have certainly started to rear up into the thought processes of us final year students, particularly those who are doing surveys as their primary research method. My LinkedIn feed seems to be 99.9% filled with dissertation survey requests, but it must be said there are some very interesting research topics being covered this year.

As we end our last full month in the EU (supposedly), both second year and final year students continue to search for employment, whether it is for their placement year (3rd year) or graduate employment. March the 28th will be the calm before the storm in more than one way as it will be the final day before we leave the EU, but also the final day before we break up for a month for Easter, and we (final year Agri-Business students) will have two assignments due in on the first Tuesday back after the break! We’re also entering the start of a new crop season as 2019 spring barley is being planted and, matched with this current burst of sunny weather, it creates some stunning photo opportunities for the agricultural anoraks of these parts. Additionally, with the silage season not far away, Tractor Spotting 2019 will be in full swing by the time the next blog comes out!

In terms of academia in the last few weeks, we final years have had a few reading weeks to catch up on assignment and dissertation workloads. The last few days I’m sure have been a real test of resolve for some students who have had two large assignments due in on the same day, with one being worth 100% of the final year module! (Not one to forget to upload the digital copy!)

04Mar 2019
  • CNH Industrial N.V.

With the last visitors ushered out the door on Thursday afternoon, and exhibitor breakdown crews dismantling stands through the weekend, the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre will be looking pretty empty this morning. And that’s always how things work with the big national event centres: lots of fast-paced build up, the excitement of the event itself followed by a slick and rapid exit strategy, wagons loaded, equipment back to base, job done! Now to start following up those enquiries….

So, what was SIMA all about, and where does it fit in with the regular European exhibition cycle? No doubt that it still has a seat at the top table of European events – with visits from Didier Guillaume, French Minister of Agriculture, a number of well sought after and meaningful new product or innovation awards presented to the likes of CNH, Sulky-Burel, Laforge, Trimble and many others pioneering technology developments, plus conferences on the future of global farming and dealer seminars, there is a strong sense of business, networking and innovation throughout.

Much bigger than any UK event for sure – 1,800 exhibitors and almost a quarter of a million visitors tell you the scale of the event – but smaller again than the industry giant that is Agritechnica (widely acknowledged as THE major global machinery exhibition, over and above any of the big events in the Americas, Australasia or China), SIMA is great for a finger on the pulse of agriculture at a European level, with an exhibitor list comprising not just the usual household name prime suspects, but many more niche and technology-driven businesses as yet unheard of in our own small market. SIMA is great for the French market, and maybe its scale reflects the much larger French agricultural industry, and a seemingly much stronger empathy for and connection with ‘la terre’ – no militant vegan protests here for sure…

Does it sit in the shadow of its bigger, German cousin though? Almost certainly yes, as most of the big manufacturers save up their shiny new products for an Agritechnica launch (with nearly double the number of SIMA visitors it makes absolute sense to do so) , but in spite of this SIMA definitely holds its own and will no doubt continue to showcase the current and future technology trends, be a symbol of support for a changing industry and a magnet for visitors from across Europe and beyond who maybe look to wear out a little less shoe leather than the Hanover site will oblige them to, and enjoy some Parisian nightlife.

Here at JP Trett, we still managed to wear out 16 kilometres-worth of shoe leather (on day one alone), caught up with our agricultural recruiter partners from France and Germany, sharing some good international contacts, plus huge amounts of networking and ‘state-of-the-industry’ conversations with some influential industry leaders and decision makers. Very pleasing, as always, to also meet up with an impressive number of JP Trett-placed candidates, doing their thing in the environments they love and are passionate about.
All done for another year, better get flights booked for the Hanover trip in November – only 250 days to go!

22Feb 2019
  • England scoring try against France, 6 Nations 2019 Jonny May scores hatrick
  • Massey Ferguson at SIMA 2017 JP Trett visit
  • Claas combine at SIMA 2017 JP Trett visit
  • SIMA 2017 entrance signage. JP Trett visit 2017
  • SIMA 2017 entrance signage. JP Trett visit 2017

With SIMA almost upon us again and the 6 Nations in full swing, we head to the Paris International Agribusiness Show on the back of a nice victory against our European neighbours, looking forward to their hospitality! Swing Low Sweet Chariot…….

SIMA brings together 1800 companies from 42 countries and nearly 250,000 visitors (all professional) in what is one of the premium agricultural machinery events in the calendar (every 2 years). Why does JP Trett Ltd head there you may ask?

With so many innovative, dynamic and key industry players all in one place at once, we make the most of our time at such events to see as many of our past, present and future candidates and clients as possible. Usually with a full schedule day and night, our team are working 24/7 through these events to engage personally with contacts to better understand them and use the event for the networking that is crucial to modern recruitment in our sector. All too easily, recruiters make contact through electronic media (text, email, social media…) but at JP Trett we like to see with our own eyes the latest innovations, hear the latest views/news and meet face to face with the movers and shakers at events such as SIMA, Agritechnica, EuroTier, EIMA etc

Yes, we get to travel and enjoy the company of like-minded professionals trying to improve the industry; yes, we get to eat delicacies such as soupe à l’oignon, escargots, and cassoulet; yes, we get to try a selection of premium continental beers, and yes, we thoroughly enjoy our work!

So, what does our agenda look like when we visit one of these well-attended and positive events:

The trip to the airport is usually taken in the afternoon when we say goodbye to family, leaving them to digest the Sunday roast while we get checked in, confirm our appointments for the evening ahead and try and spot the agri-dressed Schöffel -wearers at said airport (usually found at the bar!) On arrival it’s a quick turnaround and out to meet the first wave of contacts that are keen to get our ear before moving on to a dinner and entertainment, keeping a mindful eye on the time and the early start looming: a balance of diplomacy, sensibility and ‘just one more’ attitude….

Early first day start and we board a busy tram/bus/train with a whiff of expectation (and French hospitality) before getting to the check in and scramble through the turnstiles and into the fresh air before hitting the halls. Unlike any major shows in the UK between the last Smithfield in 2004 and before LAMMA 2019 you are instantly hit by the magnitude of such an event and you then realise why it takes place every 2 years. Hall after hall, 250,000 visitors and 1800 exhibitors all shoe horned into their spaces – the footprint of this event is to behold. We can easily cover 20-25km in a day going from client to candidate, conference to competition and stand to stand seeing, hearing and touching all there is to see at such an impressive showcase event. We learn about agri-business in other countries, pressures on growers in places we have heard of but know little about, opportunities in locations that surprise us and meet people who all attend the show for one reason or another, but all share a common passion for the industry.

At this year’s event there are some interesting forums and meetings scheduled, ones we will be attending include: Charolais Competition, SIMA Dealers’ Day, Enhanced Agriculture: A reality today and tomorrow, Agro Equipment: Can it contribute to agroecology? Debriefing after Agtech mission in Morocco, Sima African Summit, Precision Farming for Weed control: Between Myth and Reality.

After two full days and nights we return to Blighty, weary yet excited, armed with new contacts and info ready to start the download of knowledge and opportunity back into the JP Trett machine. Tucked up in bed by midnight looking forward to a good night’s sleep and reporting back to the team.

As a forward-thinking recruitment business, JP Trett wholeheartedly embraces technology, but still places great emphasis on these events that need support to keep them successful. We are in the midst of significant change with such events and collaborations, but in attending we understand their importance and positivity first hand. This year we will continue to be the pioneers in the industry introducing new, ground-breaking staff members, new technology which will improve communication and strategy and be pursuing the best process for continuing our success, now in our 9th year of trading.