Borders Machinery Ring Limited

Leader House
Mill Road

BMR acts as an agent only and not as principal

T: 01896 758091
F: 01896 757036
Registered in Scotland
Reg No. SP02303R



BMR is a Co-op owned by its members and run for their advantage - To improve member profitability by providing services which reduce costs, improve efficiency, asset utilisation and manage risk.  Our main areas of business are Machinery Hire & Contracting, Labour Supply, Training, Farm Supplies & Utilities Procurement


Borders Machinery Ring (BMR), the first Ring to be formed in the UK in February 1987 by 23 farmers and contractors.  Currently, there are over 1000 Full, Labour and Private members. Turnover is around £7 million.  There are now 9 rings in Scotland and 8 in England and Wales.


For our training schedule through the Winter, please visit the training page or contact BMR to check course availability.

Offering City & Guilds Certificate of Competence in Transport of Animals for short & long journeys - Call the BMR officeto book.

PESTICIDE COURSES RUNNING AT BMR 19th to 23rd November. Training leading to City & Guilds PA1, PA2, PA4s & g, PA6. These courses are running with some places still available; please call now to book.




BMR AGM was held on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at The Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells. 

Thank you to all the BMR members who attended the AGM. It was an opportunity to find out how BMR has performed through last year and importantly how your coop has looked for and provided inputs to help your business. 

Labour shortage was the dominant theme. The BMR office is busy looking for ways we can help with this issue, from attending schools 'World of Work' marketplace (careers) events to showing our support for apprenticeship schemes.

We were hugely indebted to our speaker, BMR member, Adam Marshall, from Slighhouses Farm, Duns. Adam took us on a journey through farm history, succession, diversifying the business, re-assessing this, creating a local farm machinery sharing group (invoiced through BMR!) and onto the highly successful Oink business currently operating 3 shops in Edinburgh. 


PRE - APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME - Is there an Industry Demand in the South of Scotland?

Our fellow machinery ring Ringlink up in North East Scotland has over the last 5 years pioneered a Land-Based Internship Programme to address the difficulties of recruiting young people into the rural sector. The work-based scheme is run in collaboration with SRUC over 26 weeks including a 3 week residential induction which involves a range of activities and certified training. Farmer mentors play a crucial but rewarding role on the placement with a huge responsibility not only providing the young person with practical knowledge but providing an environment to encourage a good work ethic as well as social and communication skills. There is now an ambition to role the scheme out nationally through local machinery rings if demand can be demonstrated to Scottish Government.

Pre-Apprenticeship Format:

DEVELOPMENT: Programme starts in June with a 3 week induction

TRAINING COURSES: Up to £1500 of training, an element tailored to individual needs

MENTORING: 26 weeks full-time employment, typically working 40hrs per week on a suitable rural business

HANDS ON APPROACH: Earn while you learn in the rural sector. Payment in accordance with Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB)

If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme either as a candidate or a farmer mentor please let us know at the BMR office on 01896 758091




Make BMR your first call for any farm or rural business service!

WINTER GRAZING REQUIRED-please call if you have suitable grazing for sheep from now through to March. Good fencing and water supply essential. Temporary fencing could be an option. 

STRAW - If you are looking for extra straw or forage this year, please let the BMR office know so we can add you to the database.  We currently have Barley straw available at a delivered price.  Contact Sarah or Michael at BMR.

GEESE A PROBLEM? Check our news items.



FERTILISER - Requirements - Contact BMR for a competitive quote.  Delayed payment terms available.

FORD VEHICLE DEAL- great deals available on all Ford vehicles including commercial vans.

TOYOTA FLEET DEAL -  Discounts on Toyota Hilux, Landcruiser, Rav 4 and many other cars across the range.
Discounts also available on Mitsubishi, Nissan and other makes.  Phone Sarah for further details.

LIVESTOCK POSITIONS - Please see 'Situations Vacant' for posts or call BMR to register your availability for stock work.

TELECOMS-Data Monitoring Guide -Avoid Billshock-exceeding your monthly data allowance will result in unwanted extra charges-learn how to monitor usage here



The BMR office is now at Leader House, Mill Road, Earlston, TD4 6DG.

Office Space  - All units now let

Meeting rooms for Hire

High Speed Broadband, Good Parking, Meeting Room Facilities

BMR App now available! Please download from Apple or Google Play. Follow the instructions to set up for quick links. You can book your fuel quickly using the BMR App on your phone.


Telehandler & Excavator Hire  - Exclusive rates for BMR Members with Nixon Hire

Nixon Hire is offering great hire deals exclusively through BMR on Telehandlers in sizes 5-17meters. Excavators also available 1.5t to 22t   Call us for more info!



Tractor Self-Hire for Harvest

100hp - 300 hp Available 
Short & Long Term Hire
Trailers also available to suit your requirements  10 - 18t (with Full Road Kit)

Invoicing your timesheets-this is done every week, so do send these in as soon as completed. Please address any invoice related query to

Automated payments through the Ring

Improve your Cash Flow - BMR carries out a weekly invoice run on behalf of members.  Invoices are collected by Direct Debit and paid into your account by credit transfer on 28 days providing funds have been received from the demander.

If you would like to discuss BMR helping out with your invoicing just give us a call at the office on 01896 758091


Keep calling with your requests, updated services and your availability for work

Always let us know any new contact details

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    Damage to crops or grass with geese? BASC registered goose guide can help solve the problem;Borders, E Lothian, N Northumberland
  • Case IH Rebate Scheme Case IH Rebate Scheme
    Case IH - Autumn Machinery Offer
  • AF Crop Protection and BMR Early Order Deal AF Crop Protection and BMR Early Order Deal

  • St Boswells Mowers-Great BMR member deals St Boswells Mowers-Great BMR member deals
    Special BMR member deals available from St Boswells Mowers - including Bobcat, diggers, dumpers, mowers
  • Rodent Control Award allowing user to purchase commercial quantity of rodenticide Rodent Control Award allowing user to purchase commercial quantity of rodenticide
    Since 1 March 2018 retailers can only sell 300g block bait or 150g grain-based rodenticide for amateur rat control. Awards..
  • G-lime - spreader settings for applying prilled lime G-lime - spreader settings for applying prilled lime
    G-lime manufacturer has produced list of fertiliser spreader settings for commonly used machines from testing by SCS


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