‘Orion makes my farming life easier – it could do the same for you’
As Nick Tyler’s mixed dairy, beef and arable operation has grown, so has his appreciation of Orion Farming Group.
Nick has been a member of the group for more than 15 years and says he won’t be leaving anytime soon.
“I buy all my major inputs through Orion,” he says.
“That’s where my biggest costs are, so that’s where I make the biggest savings.”
Nick has 600 dairy cows, milked three times a day, and 500 head of beef cattle on his family farm at Heddington, North Wiltshire.
He buys all his feed through Orion, including raw materials and concentrates that he mixes on farm, as well as bagged items such as minerals, limestone and urea.
“As far as I’m concerned, there are three great things about Orion,” Nick said. “Saving money on purchases; it’s easy because I don’t have to ring around a load of suppliers; and the single invoice. That makes life much easier for the bookkeeper.”
On the arable side, Nick buys sprays, chemicals, and fuel through Orion.
He said: “They have a great relationship with the companies I prefer, and they get good deals, so it makes sense to let Orion handle my purchasing.
“I couldn’t get the prices they do as an individual, I simply don’t have the buying power.”
The buying power that Nick enjoys is a result of the great relationship Orion has with a large network of suppliers. Typically, compared to a farmer not in a buying group, our members save around:
- 25% on livestock equipment and animal health products
- 20% on fuel additives and lubricants
- 20% on building and maintenance supplies
- 11.5% on machinery and vehicle parts
- 10% on general supplies
- 5.5% on fuel
- 5% on feed
- 5% on chemicals
- 4% on fertiliser and seed
But savings are just one advantage. Taking the fuss out of his farming life is another good reason for Nick to remain a member.
“I put on an email ‘can I have three pallets of this, four pallets of that’, and that’s it, job done,” he says.
“There’s no fuss and that’s what I like. I just want to get good products from a decent supplier at a good price. Orion makes that possible. And at the end of the month the paperwork is all in order.
“Personally, I like the group and won’t change. It makes my farming life easier, and if you’re not a member already, my bet is it could do the same for you.”
To find out how much your farm business can save with Orion Farming Group, get in touch via our contact page or give us a call on (01865) 390011.