A CHANGE of tractor franchise to McCormick will enable an agricultural machinery dealership to support more farmers and contractors throughout Cumbria.

Newton Trailer Centre, run by Tony and Fiona Blackburn at Newton Reigny near Penrith, is already part of the Argo Tractors nationwide dealer network, having supplied Landini products for several years.

But a review of the tractor market in the county has resulted in the business switching to Argo’s McCormick range.

“We’ll continue to wholeheartedly support our Landini customers with parts, servicing and anything else they need,” said Tony Blackburn.

He added: “But there are more McCormick users across the county who need this support and we’re now able to provide it.”

Ben Agar, sales director at Argo Tractors operations for the UK and Ireland, said: “This strategic move will ensure continuity of parts and service support for farmers and contractors running McCormick tractors, from a dealership that already has the product knowledge and technical know-how."