Farming family, pioneering grain storage services in East Yorkshire
Innovation in farming services
With a background in arable farming, Philip Walker established his grain drying and storage business in 1986, on the site of a disused farmstead and petrol station near Fridaythorpe. It was the first service of its kind for farmers in the region. The company initially used storage capacity at local farms until, in 1990, large stores were constructed at Fridaythorpe, providing dry, ventilated storage space for up to 20,000 tonnes of grain.
Moving into haulage
To complement the storage business, a haulage operation was established in 1993, allowing the whole collection, drying, storage and redelivery process to be managed by Walkers. Philip’s son Guy joined the business in 1996.
Continuous investment and expansion
In 1998, a large new site was purchased at Pocklington, between Beverley and York, adding a further 20,000-tonne storage facility to the company’s assets. Continuous investment in the latest drying and testing equipment ensures the company keeps pace with industry developments and offers the highest standard of service to customers, with rapid turnaround times and full traceability.
Storage for emerging new products
As well as providing storage for every type of combinable crop, the business has adapted to meet changing demand and now offers storage services for raw materials, such as soya and meals, as well as emerging new biomass products, such as wood pellets and olive cake.
Looking to the future
Investment continues apace, with a new 11,000-tonne capacity facility at Pocklington due to be completed in July 2012.
To find out more about our full range of drying, storage, handling and transport services, please contact us