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.
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.
|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|