Tim Gibson Ltd

Tim Gibson Ltd is now a completely independent company, offering impartial and practical advice to farmers considering all types and makes of milking robot, together with help and supplies for those using them. Tim still farms at Crakehall near Bedale with 250 cows milked by three robots and fed with a self build automated feeding system meaning the cows are free to milk and feed any time day or night on the 350 acre dairy and arable farm. Tim has also held roles within the wider dairy industry including a term as a director of the National Dairy Farm Assurance Scheme and NFU Next Generation Board.

Company details

Hunters Hill Farm, Crakehall , Bedale , North Yorkshire DL8 1LA United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Agriculture
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

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In 2003 Tim was awarded the defra prize of “Best farming Host”, and was given a place on a Government sponsored fact finding tour around Europe with the heads of other category winners like IBM, Jaguar and a range of other key people from other industries, even a Zoo! In 2002 with all the interest and the facts and figures behind him he started to look for a diversification away from just farming. With all the free time the robots had created it give him time to do more. Being the UK’s pioneer of robotic milking, various milking companies offered sales roles in their robotic divisions, but in 2003 Tim set up Tim Gibson Ltd, and became the first agent for the Lely Astronaut milking robot; to offer sales, installation and ongoing support. The business then was at the forefront of the new era of Milking with robots, a successful decade ensued putting the name of Tim Gibson firmly in the same context of robotic milking in the UK.

Nowadays Tim Gibson Ltd is a totally independent company offering impartial practical advice to farmers considering all types and makes of robot, together with help and supplies for farmers using them.

Tim now has a number of enterprises, including Tim Gibson Ltd based in Bedale, North Yorkshire and Garstang in Lancashire. Tim still farms at Crakehall near Bedale with around 200 cows on 350 acres and has also held roles within the wider dairy industry including NFU and Dairy UK in recent times.

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2012 - Present Day

Tim Gibson Ltd is now a completely independent company, offering impartial and practical advice to farmers considering all types and makes of milking robot, together with help and supplies for those using them.

Tim still farms at Crakehall near Bedale with 250 cows milked by three robots and fed with a self build automated feeding system meaning the cows are free to milk and feed any time day or night on the 350 acre dairy and arable farm.  Tim has also held roles within the wider dairy industry including a term as a director of the National Dairy Farm Assurance Scheme and NFU Next Generation Board.

2005 - 2012

Following a successful start Tim Gibson Ltd changed into a Lely Center “franchise” in 2005 which was then sold in 2012.

2003

Being the UK’s pioneer of robotic milking, various milking companies offered Tim sales roles in their robotic divisions, but in 2003 Tim formed Tim Gibson Ltd and became the first UK independent agent for the Lely Astronaut milking robot, offering sales, installation and ongoing support.  The business was at the forefront of the new era of milking with robots, a successful decade ensued putting the name of Tim Gibson firmly in the same context of robotic milking in the UK.

In 2003 Tim was also awarded the then Department of Trade and Industry sponsored, DEFRA backed award of “Best farming Host” following hundreds of farmers visiting his farm as part of groups and open days. The prize included a place on a fact finding tour around Europe with the heads of other category winners like IBM, Jaguar and a range of other key decision makers from other industries. Following this, with all the interest and the facts and figures behind him he started to look for a diversification away from “just” farming.

2000

First visiting Holland in the year 2000, Tim Gibson soon became the first well known farmer to install robotic milking machines on his farm in North Yorkshire, writing about the change from conventional to robotic in “Dairy Farmer” magazine made the name synonymous with robotic miking in the UK.