For 50 years Quality Equipment has been giving a personal, flexible service. This honest, straightforward, and bespoke approach is still at the very core of our work and service to pig farmers.
Quality Equipment, the equipment division of G E Baker UK Ltd, has progressed from providing everyday items of pig equipment – such as drinkers, feeders, gates, posts, and farrowing crates – to completing construction projects from the ground up! This includes new buildings, refurbishment, and conversion of existing buildings and fully kitting them out.
Quality Equipment prides itself on its comprehensive range of new and innovative products specifically designed to meet the ongoing needs of modern pig farmers.
The roots of Quality Equipment go back to when its founder, Glyn Baker, left school at 15 years of age to start a five-year apprenticeship in Agricultural Engineering at Rycotewood College, Thame, Oxfordshire. He had already developed an interest in livestock, welding, and blacksmithing on his father’s mixed farm in Suffolk.
When he returned home he became self-employed, firstly repairing machinery for local arable farmers and then manufacturing and mending items of equipment – such as farrowing crates – for pig producers, as well as carrying out general maintenance. This work soon spread across the whole of East Anglia and led to the formation of the award-winning Quality Equipment company we know today.
The company attended its first Pig Fair held at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire. This opened up new markets in both the UK and internationally. The company has attended specialist pig and poultry fairs ever since and continues to operate successfully in Europe and beyond.
During the rapid expansion and intensification of pig farming in the 1970s and 1980s, Quality Equipment expanded its service to include delivery of farming consumables and then larger items of equipment. A staff of 40 was employed and three liveried vehicles were on the road every day.
The company then invested in research and development and this resulted in the production of many innovative products, such as the much-acclaimed Transition Feeder which has been widely used around the world and saved the lives of thousands – if not millions – of piglets. QE continues to be actively involved in designing and developing equipment for modern, efficient pig production.
In addition to its thriving equipment division, Quality Equipment has formed a separate construction department, now forming an important part of the company.
In 2005, Glyn Baker handed over the reins as managing director to Jamie Baker, though he still remains on the board. Jamie, supported by his fellow directors, Graham Baker and Mark Harding, is driving QE forward and continues to develop the product range and worldwide trading links of what is now a multi-faceted company.