About Tim Gibson Limited

Farmer Tim Gibson with some of his dairy herd at Hunter's Hill Farm near Bedale

First visiting Holland in the year 2000, Tim Gibson swiftly emerged as a prominent figure in farming circles, pioneering the adoption of robotic milking machines on his North Yorkshire farm. His insightful writings in “Dairy Farmer” magazine chronicled the transition from conventional to robotic milking, establishing his name as synonymous with this technological advancement in the UK.

In 2003, capitalizing on his expertise, Tim founded Tim Gibson Ltd. This marked a significant milestone as he became the inaugural independent agent for the Lely Astronaut milking robot in the UK. Specializing in sales, installation, and ongoing support, the company spearheaded the embrace of robotic milking, cementing Tim Gibson’s reputation as a trailblazer in the industry.

Recognition swiftly followed, with Tim earning the prestigious accolade of “Best Farming Host” in 2003, sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry and endorsed by DEFRA. This honour acknowledged his role in welcoming numerous farmers to his farm for educational visits and open days. Subsequently, Tim embarked on an enlightening tour across Europe alongside luminaries from various industries, further fuelling his ambition for innovation beyond traditional farming practices.

From 2005 to 2012, Tim Gibson Ltd transitioned into a Lely Center franchise, before regaining its independence in 2012. Today, the company prides itself on offering impartial and pragmatic advice to farmers exploring milking robot solutions, irrespective of brand.

Based in Crakehall near Bedale, Tim continues to manage a thriving dairy and arable farm, where three robots tend to a herd of 250 cows. Complementing his farming endeavors, Tim has played pivotal roles in industry bodies such as the National Dairy Farm Assurance Scheme and NFU Next Generation Board.

Diversification has been a cornerstone of Tim’s entrepreneurial journey. In 2020, he ventured into the self-storage sector with YoreStore, repurposing unused farm buildings to cater to both business and domestic customers. Such success led to the franchising of the YoreStore model, offering a blueprint for farms seeking to diversify.

Buoyed by this triumph, Tim secured funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to convert additional farm structures into managed office suites and studio workshops. Thus, YoreOffice was born, providing a vibrant ecosystem for local startups to flourish.

Today, Tim Gibson Ltd stands as a testament to innovation and resilience within the farming industry. Offering a comprehensive range of products and services, including robot milking machines, portable milkers, and farming essentials, the company remains a trusted partner for farmers seeking sales, service, and expertise across the UK.