UK’s biggest lime spreader bought by Weston firm

Tony Bellamy with the biggest spreader he's had in his 35 years in the industry. Photo: SG060114-223NG
Tony Bellamy with the biggest spreader he's had in his 35 years in the industry. Photo: SG060114-223NG

The biggest lime and fertiliser spreader in the UK has been bought by Weston agricultural contractors Bellamy Farming.

Managing director Julian Bellamy says it is one of just two in the country of that size.

It’s a Danish made KRM Bredal with a spinning deck that can spread up to 36m of fertiliser, against a more typical 24m.

When it comes to lime, Julian says they are looking at two to four tonnes an acre over a 12m width.

He explained: “The width is about the same with lime because it’s dense and you can’t get the powder to much more width than that.”

Julian – who does contract work over much of East Anglia, spreading up to 20,000 tonnes of lime in a season – says the machine’s 4 x 30in tyres mean fewer “wheelings” and less compaction on the soil. In addition, its rear axle steering eliminates damage to the headlands on turns.

Julian said: “Previously, you are limited to what you can do in these wet conditions. Before Christmas, when we were getting on quite well, when we had a single axle we were getting stuck quite often, but with these much bigger tyres we have been able to get through it and get the job done.”

Julian works with his father Tony Bellamy, who is 80 and is still working from 5.30am until the end of each day. Julian says his father has been in business getting on for 35 years.