The owner of a north Yorkshire dairy goat unit has been so impressed with an Avant compact loader over the last five years that it has recently traded it in for two new similar machines.

The farm, located near Harrogate, has specialised in the production of goat's milk for the past 25 years and now has a productive herd of around 2000 animals, with a further 1000 young stock being reared at any one time on the farm.

The milk produced is supplied to the York based St. Helens brand where it is used to satisfy an ever-growing demand for goat's milk and related goat dairy products.

The new pair of Avant 220 machines are kept busy every day spreading sawdust in the parlour areas with a bucket attachment,  pushing feed to the animals in the housing sheds using a simple, angled blade and other general tasks including snow clearance when necessary.

Commenting on his Avants, farm owner Peter Simpson said: "They are fantastic little machines and if I had sat down and designed the perfect tool for my application it would have turned out to be exactly the same as the 200 Series machine!"

Mr. Simpson particularly likes the machine's compact dimensions and manoeuvrability and the fact they are very easy to drive. In fact, all three full time and three part time staff, both male and female, are happy to take their turn at the wheel.

The two new machines are powered by Kohler 20 hp petrol engines, have a lift capacity of 350 kg and were supplied by local Avant dealer, Britcom International of Market Weighton.