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The History of Mole Valley Farmers

Mole Valley Farmers was started in 1960 by a small group of farmers around South Molton who were concerned by the discriminatory practices and the large margins being taken by many of their input suppliers.

Over the years, the company has made investment in:

  • Ten stores (inc Redruth Farm Select) in the south west supplying a vast range of goods to farmers and the public alike. These range from farm requirements to clothing, footwear, garden supplies, pet food and accessories, domestic goods and power tools.
  • Five feed mills for all animal feeds, producing compounds, blends, meals and mixes.
  • A specialist feed supplement mineral plant.
  • A quality farm building engineering division.
  • Moleenergy - providing impartial renewable energy solutions.
  • Mole Country Stores located across East Anglia, East Midlands, North East England and South East England including the current rebranding of our SCATS Countrystores.
  • Development of Molecare Veterinary Services.
  • Mole Valley Plus, a member benefits service providing a range of products including fuel, aggregates, concrete, tyres and hire tools.

Today

Everyone is welcome to shop at Mole Valley Farmers branches.  We also offer the option of Membership which brings added benefits such as our monthly Newsletter and discounts on certain products.  Find more information about the added benefits of Membership.

Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, all of whom derive their main source of income from farming, the day to day running of the company is the responsibility of a senior management team. The company continues to grow and flourish.

Timeline

Date Event
2014 Re-branding of SCATS Countrystores to Mole Country Stores, due to finish Spring 2015
June 2014 Molecare Veterinary Services - joint venture with St Davids Vets, Exeter launched
June 2014 State of the art feed mill project in partnership with John C Fergusson taking Mole Valley Farmers into South West & Central Scotland and the Scotish Borders.
March 2014 Aquistition of Leven Valley Agriculture, Cumbria
March 2013 Acquisition of Farmway - based in North East England
Oct 2012 Launch of Farm Vet Practices at South Molton & Frome
Sept 2012 Rebrand of CWG to Mole Country Stores
May 2012 Launch of Molecare Veterinary Medicines - Farm Medicines
Nov 2011 Launch of Molecare - Pet Practice at Newton Abbot
June 2011 Launch of Molemec - Mole Valley Farmers first own brand animal medicine from the Molecare range
July 2010 Aquisition of CWG Ltd
Nov 2009 Launch of new improved Mole Valley Farmers website
Oct 2009 Acquisition of Three Counties Feeds
Jun 2008 Consolidation of Mole Valley Feeds & Southern Valley Feeds into Mole Valley Feed Solutions
Aug 2007 Acquistion of D&I Bridgman
May 2007 Launch of new Mole Valley Farmers ecommerce-enabled webite
Oct 2006 Mole Valley Plus launched (previously oil and directs)
Aug 2006  Mole Valley Forage Services started (3rd)
Feb 2005 Southern Valley Feeds (ex Pye Bibby) bought
2002 Mole Valley Farmers website launched
Sep 2002 Acquisition of Southern Counties Agricultural Trading Society (SCATS)
Mar 2001 Land at St Columb purchased
Sep 2001 59 Club building, head office purchased
Nov 2000   MLI - Mole Livestock Initiative commenced
Dec 1997 Heathfield site, Newton Abbot purchased
Oct 1995 Bridgwater shop refit
Sep 1995 Yeovil shop refit
Mar 1995 Liskeard branch opened
Sep 1994 Moorswater Industrial Estate, Liskeard purchased
Jul 1994 Extra land bought at Stoneyford, Cullompton
Jul 1994 Moleblend, North Tawton closes moving all operations to Huntworth Mill
Apr 1994 South View Road, Willand sold to Mr Persey
Dec 1993 West Midland Farmers site purchased - Huntworth
Nov 1993 Willand branch moves to Stoneyford, Cullompton
Sep 1993 Mole Valley Farmers absorbs all subsidiaries
Sep 1990 Frome branch moves to Standerwick cattle market
Aug 1989 Blending plant at Woodsford, Dorset opened
Oct 1987 Newton Abbot branch opened
Jun 1986 St Columb branch opened
Sep 1982 Croucheston Mill purchased by Mole Valley Feeds (Wessex) Ltd
Jul 1982 Frome branch opened
May 1982 Devon Group Feedingstuffs purchased by Mole Valley Feeds (South West) Ltd
Jan 1982 Holsworthy branch moves to Underlane, Holsworthy
Jul 1980 Bridgwater branch opened
Dec 1977 Mole Valley Machinery Services take over Stoneman Bros, Witheridge
Jul 1977 Yeovil branch opened
Oct 1976 Devon Group Feedingstuffs est. Risdon Mill
Jul 1973 Market van discontinued
Jan 1973 Holsworthy branch opened, Chapel Street
May 1972 Willand branch opened
Feb 1972 Lamb Hill Garage, Burlescombe collection point established
Oct 1971 Petton, Bampton collection point established
Oct 1971 Move to Mole Valley Farmers centre, Station Road, South Molton
Sep 1969 Brushford, Dulverton collection point established
Apr 1969 Mobile shop (Flossie) commenced operating at Bideford, Exeter, Holswothy & Taunton Markets
Aug 1967 Royal Oak, Loxbeare collection point established
Jan 1967 Stoneman Bros Ltd established by a group of Mole Valley Farmers members
Feb 1965 Stoneman Bros, Witheridge, established as collection point
May 1964 Move to 14 Barnstaple Street, South Molton
Jan 1964 Winkleigh collection point established
May 1961  Move to Barclays Bank, Broad, Street, South Molton
Dec 1960 First Office, 106 East Street, South Molton

  

 


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