FTMTA News 20th June 2017

FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction

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The FTMTA has this week announced a new departure for the Association and the wider farm machinery trade. The Association, in conjunction with well known auctioneering firm Paul Cooke Auctions, will hold a first auction of stock from FTMTA member firms only at Punchestown Event Centre on Saturday, September 30th. This will be a national auction of machines and parts and will accept lots from all FTMTA member firms including retail dealers, manufacturers and distributors. As an auction promoted by the representative body of the Irish farm machinery trade, this event is sure to attract a high number of quality lots from farm machinery businesses across the country and this, in turn, is sure to attract a good level of interest from potential purchasers both at home and abroad.

Paul Cooke Auctions is based in Naas and has a growing reputation as an auctioneer dealing with farm machinery and plant equipment among other products. The Association is pleased to partner with the team at Paul Cooke Auctions in the introduction of this innovative service for FTMTA member firms. Furthermore the Association believes that the Punchestown site is the ideal venue for such a national event and will also be very accessible for international buyers and transport.

Viewing will be open at Punchestown, the long time home of the biennial FTMTA Farm Machinery Show, on the two days prior to the auction, Thursday and Friday, September 28th and 29th. In what is sure to be an attractive feature of the event, tractors and self propelled lots, will be sold in a drive – through auction to be held in the main event centre building. Bidding will be possible onsite, online or through a pre bid service.

FTMTA members have received information about the auction in recent days and further information is available from the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at info@ftmta.ie.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

 

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FTMTA News 13th June 2017

May Tractor Registrations

The figures for new tractor registrations during May issued this week by FTMTA continue to illustrate what has been a challenging year thus far for sales of new tractors. May saw 199 new units registered as against 225 machines in the same month of 2016. The total level of registrations during the first five months stands at 1,102 tractors which a drop of some 13% year on year. As mentioned previously in this column, July has become a very important month for tractors registrations since the introduction of the split year for vehicle registration purposes in 2013 and close attention will be paid to the performance of tractor registrations in the coming July.

Slightly over 87% of all new tractor registrations during the first five months of the year have been of machines with greater than 100 hp and 53% were of units with more than 120 hp. Nearly 25% of all tractors registered during the period were machines with in excess of 150 hp.  The five counties with the most registrations for the year to date remained unchanged at the end of May: Cork, Tipperary, Wexford,  Galway and Kilkenny have seen 144, 104, 74, 64 and 60 units registered respectively which between them account for just over 40% of total registrations.

The telehandler market continues its recent strong performance with 27 units registered in May which is a substantial increase on the 16 units in May of 2016.  The total  number of telehandlers registered during the first five months is 166 units which is an 8.50% increase year on year.  Backhoe loaders have also seen a significant improvement with 26 units registered during the period under review as against 20 in the same months of 2016. May is traditionally a month with higher levels of registrations of wheeled loaders, no doubt driven by silage pit activity, and this year is no exception with 28 units registered last month bringing the total for the first five months to 49 units as against 43 machines year on year. Cork and Tipperary have seen levels of 10 and 8 respectively of these machines registered thus far.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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FTMTA News 31st May 2017

Date Announced For FTMTA GRASS & MUCK 2018

The very popular FTMTA Grass & Muck event will return to the popular Gurteen College site near Birr on Thursday, May 17th, 2018.  FTMTA Chief Executive, Gary Ryan stated that the Association is delighted to once again make use of the excellent facilities and central location of Gurteen College which has proven to be a such successful site for this event since it was first held in 2010.

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From the first such occasion which drew an attendance of 7,5000 through to last year’s event which attracted nearly 11,000 visitors , FTMTA Grass & Muck has developed to become a regular biennial showcase run by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association on alternate years to the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show at Punchestown. Both FTMTA organised public machinery events are run in accordance with the ethos of “organised by the trade for the farmer and contractor”. FTMTA Grass & Muck was put in place by the Association from the outset as Ireland’s national grassland technology event and has proven very popular with the trade’s farming and contracting customers as well as with exhibitors. FTMTA Grass & Muck has progressed on each occasion that it is held and is now a flagship event for the Irish farm machinery industry

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Grassland management is the largest user by far of agricultural mechanisation in Ireland with silage making and slurry spreading remaining as the two most heavily mechanised activities in Irish farming. FTMTA Grass & Muck provides the farm machinery buyer with a unique opportunity to view the very latest developments in the various grass machinery technologies in a working setting. The proven and very popular format of ongoing demonstrations throughout the day in the grass, reseeding, silage pit, slurry spreading and farm yard manure spreading areas will be continued in 2018 as well as a large area of trade stands in the trade village.

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FTMTA is pleased to announce that it will be possible to provide another 15 acres of grass working plots at next year’s event bringing the total grass demo area to nearly 100 acres. It will also be possible to increase the size of the trade village area significantly. It is intended that exhibitors will showcase a wide range of products from many brands of tractors, farm machinery and accessories to animal care products, seeds and agro chemicals. In keeping with the FTMTA ethos for both Grass & Muck and the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show , only stands from genuinely agricultural focused businesses will be excepted.

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Full details will be issued to prospective exhibitors in mid autumn. Any firm which is interested in exhibiting for the first time at the event can register their interest in advance by contacting the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie .

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FTMTA News 23rd May 2017

FTMTA Welcomes New Members

The May meeting of the FTMTA Executive Council was pleased to admit a further three firms to membership of the Association.

Gerry Duffy Machinery Ltd. is a long established farm machinery dealership based in Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. The business is a Same Duetz-Fahr tractor dealer and is also a dealer for a number of other brands of farm machinery including Amazone.  Gerry Duffy Machinery Ltd. can be contacted on 01 8352556 and the website can be found at www.gerryduffymachinery.com .

Gerry Duffy Machinery

John Conaty Ltd. is a well known parts supplier based at Sylvan Park, Kells, Co. Meath.  The business can be contacted on 046  9241178 and the website can be found at www.johnconaty.com . John Conaty Ltd. is a supplier of new and second hand parts as well as of used tractors and plant.

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Farm Works Machinery Ltd. is a relatively new business in the farm machinery trade having been founded in recent years. Led by Ciaran Tierney, the company is the Fendt tractor dealer for Dublin and Meath. Farm Works Machinery Ltd. can be contacted on 01 8433015 and at info@farmworksmachinery.ie .

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FTMTA News 17th May 2017

European Machinery Outlook Improves

A report issued earlier this week by CEMA, the representative body of the European agricultural machinery manufacturing sector, points to cautious expectations that the European machinery market will return to growth during 2017. CEMA provides a monthly insight into the prevailing business climate of the European agricultural machinery industry through a survey called the CEMA Business Barometer which is currently at its highest May level in five years.

The two largest European machinery markets, France and Germany, are experiencing contrasting fortunes to an extent. The French machinery market fell by 8% in 2016 and a further decline is expected to be reported for the first half of this year with the tractor sector in particular faring very poorly in France during the year to date and seeing a fall of nearly 26% in the first quarter. In Germany, the agricultural machinery market fell by some 5% during last year but is slowly recovering with a small increase expected overall while forage harvesters and balers are expected to show the greatest growth. Interestingly, several markets, including even the poorly performing French market, have indicated a good year for forage harvester sales.  The outlook for the UK market appears to be somewhat of a flattening in demand with the impact of a weaker sterling reflected in rising prices for machinery imported from the Euro zone.

A slight majority of European manufacturers report optimism in relation  to sales prospects over the coming six months with a belief that growth will be more driven by export than domestic demand.

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FTMTA News 11th May 2017

Recovery in Tractor Sales

The most recent new tractor registration figures issued by FTMTA indicate a slight recovery during April after a somewhat disappointing first three months of the year. April saw 203 new units registered which was an increase on the 196 units registered in the same month of last year. A total of 903 new tractors have been registered during the first four months of the year which is a drop of some 13% on 2016.  The slight recovery during April bears out anecdotal reports that the new tractor trade is to a large extent on a par with last year but with ordering and delivery running slightly later. In recent years, following the introduction of the split year for vehicle registration purposes, July has become the month of the year with the second highest level of tractor registrations and the outcome of this coming July will be watched with close interest.

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Nearly 88% of all registrations during the first four months have been of tractors with in excess of 100 hp and 55% of registrations were of units with greater than 120 hp. The five counties with the most registrations in the first four months have been Cork, Tipperary, Wexford,  Galway and Kilkenny with 125, 83, 65, 53 and 50 units respectively.  There have been 968 used imported tractors registered during the first four months which is significantly above the levels seen in 2015 and 2016 but this must be viewed in the context of the change of the fortunes of Sterling since the Brexit vote in summer 2016 and would not be anything hugely out of the ordinary.

Registrations of telehandlers have continued the strong performance seen in 2016 when 304 new such machines were registered, up from 185 in 2015. A total of 139 telehandlers were registered in the first four months of this year which is an increase of two units on the same period in 2016.  The two counties with the highest numbers of telehandlers registered during the period under review were Meath and Dublin with 25 and 21 units respectively. The concentration of one third of the units in the Dublin / Meath area and a further 18% in the counties of  Kildare and Cork highlights the impact of a resurgent construction sector in certain areas on the demand for this category of machine.

Registrations of backhoe loader were, somewhat surprisingly, down in 2016 at 40 units as against 69 units in 2015 and 51 in 2015. There has been an improvement in backhoe registrations during 2017 so far with 22 units registered during the first four months of the year which is up from 17 over the same months of last year.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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FTMTA News 4th May 2017

New President at AEA

FTMTA is pleased to welcome the appointment of a representative of a member firm of the Association to a key role as the new President of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) in the UK.

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The AEA was established in 1875 and is the UK trade association representing manufacturers and importers of agricultural machinery and outdoor equipment (horticulture, professional and leisure grass care, and forestry). The membership of the AEA covers a broad spectrum of manufacturers of land based equipment from combine harvesters to secateurs and everything in between.

Mark Ormond, Managing Director of SAME Deutz-Fahr UK, has recently been appointed to the annual presidency of the AEA. During his speech to the recent AEA annual conference, Mark highlighted the importance of AEA to their members as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

Ormond is well known in the Irish farm machinery trade due to his active role leading the SAME Deutz-Fahr presence in this country as well as the UK and also to his previous role with a well known implement supplier. Mark was born into a farming family and has some 20 years’ experience in the agricultural machinery industry at both dealer and manufacturer level. His early career was spent in the implement sector but Mark moved to SDF as MD in 2015 with responsibility for all sales and aftersales issues for the company in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Mark is frequent visitor to Irish machinery events and was present on the SDF stand at the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show in Punchestown during February.

FTMTA wishes Mark a successful tenure at the helm of AEA during what will undoubtedly be an interesting year for the farm machinery sector on both sides of the Irish Sea. The machinery sector is very inter connected between the UK and Ireland in the context of the EU and Brexit is sure to bring some challenges to trade in both directions.

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FTMTA News 27th April 2017

FTMTA Welcomes New Members

The April meeting of the FTMTA Executive Council was pleased to admit two firms to membership of the Association.

Denis Doyle Ltd., trading as Doyle Engineering, is a machinery manufacturer based near Athy, Co. Kildare and has been in business for over 20 years. The firm manufactures post drivers and seeding equipment and has perhaps been best known until now for its Vibro vibrating post driver. Doyle Engineering can be contacted on 059 8633183 and the website can be found at www.ddoyleeng.com .

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Aidan & Phil Flynn Ltd., trading as Killucan Farm Machinery, is a retail farm machinery dealer based in Killucan, Co. Westmeath. The firm is a dealer for a number of brands of machinery including Kuhn, Hi-Spec, Watson and Guttler. Killucan Farm Machinery can be contacted on 044 9358486.

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FTMTA News 20th April 2017

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation)

The application form for this year’s admission  to First Year of the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) course in IT Tralee is now available from the Courses section of the IT Tralee website. The courses section is sub divided into various study areas and the course in question can be found within the Agricultural and Manufacturing Engineering area.

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The course is a direct entry program and, to apply for a place on the course, prospective students, in addition to meeting the required educational standard, must have been accepted by a sponsoring farm machinery business who will provide the required work placements.  Proof of acceptance by a sponsoring farm machinery business is an essential part of the application process and must be submitted with the completed application form.

This course is the result of co-operation between the college and the farm machinery industry to design and develop an appropriate training scheme for new entrants to the service role in the industry. The  course is a mix of college based learning and work placement over the three years with the student required to carry out a substantial body of online learning when on work placement.

Based on the number of calls being received by the FTMTA office in recent weeks and the level of interest seen at the Association’s stand at the recent Agri Careers event there will be a lot of competition for places on this year’s intake and for that reason FTMTA encourages prospective students to secure a work placement sponsorship as early as possible.

A written request in relation to the required work placement sponsorship should be sent to the dealer principal or to the service manager. This should be followed up by a request to meet in person with the decision maker on such matters in the business. It is the view of the Association that a far better impression will be made on potential sponsors  if all contact in this context is made and driven by the student rather than by a parent.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA                       at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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FTMTA News 13th April 2017

FTMTA Grass & Muck 2018

Following the very successful FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017 held during February, FTMTA has received numerous enquiries about future events. FTMTA holds two public farm machinery events on alternating years; both events are run in accordance with the ethos that they are “organised by the trade for the farmer and contractor”. The next public event to be held by FTMTA will be FTMTA Grass & Muck to take place during May of 2018 and the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show will return in February of 2019.

The exact date of FTMTA Grass & Muck 2018 has yet to be confirmed but the event will return to Gurteen College near Birr during May of next year. The Gurteen site is in a very central and accessible location and, with the excellent facilities of the college on hand, it has proved to be a very successful venue for this event which has become very popular with exhibitors and the Irish farming public alike attracting approximately 11,000 visitors in 2016.

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The focus at FTMTA Grass & Muck is very much on working machinery with ongoing demonstrations throughout the day in the grass harvesting, reseeding, silage pit, slurry spreading and farm yard manure spreading areas. A large trade stand area for non demonstrating exhibitors will also be provided in a central position at the event and this is a dimension that has grown substantially over the years.

FTMTA Grass & Muck is sure to be the farm machinery highlight of 2018 and the exhibitor application packs in relation to the event will be issued after the summer. Any firm interested in exhibiting at the event for the first time can register their interest in advance by contacting the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie Previous exhibitors at the most recent FTMTA events will receive the application pack as a matter of course.

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