John Yeomans, originally from Birmingham, has farmed in Wales for the past 40 years - 32 with his wife, Sarah, who is originally from London. They run a 285-acre fragmented, upland beef and sheep unit north of Newtown in Montgomeryshire and, for almost two decades, owning a Suzuki ATV has been an integral part of the business!
Their land runs from 800 – 1400 feet above sea level in a fairly high rainfall area, which can be tricky to navigate at times. This is where John’s KingQuad 500 has become a great asset to the farm, allowing him to access challenging areas throughout the year, all whilst maintaining rider comfort. This is due to the fully independent suspension as well as the power steering function, which makes light work of any terrain. The KingQuad also allows for easy selection between 2 and 4-wheel drive with a simple push of a button, with optional diff lock for even greater traction and ground clearance when tackling the challenges of an upland farm like John’s.
John feels that two of the biggest positive impacts on their business over the years have been: pregnancy scanning of the sheep and cattle, and the purchase of their Suzuki KingQuads.
Other than the daily checking of the wellbeing of the cattle and sheep, their KingQuad comes into its own at lambing time. It makes light work of hauling trailer loads of ewes and their newborn lambs back out to the fields to graze. This is because improvements were made to the chassis and fuel-injected engine, increasing its towing capacity to 600kg, making the whole process more efficient for John as it allows him to carry extra ewes and lambs to the fields.
The Yeomans also use a quad bike sprayer to target weed problems in late spring, which makes for more efficient use of the chemical. The latest KingQuad 500 also has wider plastics which help to protect John whilst he is riding, keeping him and the bike cleaner.
John has owned and ridden a Suzuki 300, 400, two 450s and three 500s. When asked why he continues to purchase Suzuki ATVs from Mike Pryce Machinery, his local dealer, he commented, “If it’s not broke don’t fix it. The ATVs do everything we want them to do. My wife Sarah and three sons, Tom, Jack and Joe ride them too when the boys are at home. They continue to be reliable year after year.”
To find out more about Suzuki KingQuads visit: www.atv.suzuki.co.uk
To find out more about John’s local dealer, Mike Pryce Machinery, visit: http://www.mikeprycemachinery.com/