FTMTA News 16th March 2017

Introduction of limited tractor testing

FTMTA note the intention of the RSA and Department of Transport to introduce a roadworthiness testing regime for T5 tractors (those tractors designed to travel at speeds in excess of 40 km/h) engaged mainly in commercial road haulage. It is the view of the Association that the number of tractors impacted by this move will be relatively small as most such machines are used primarily for agricultural (including forestry) work and will be exempt from the proposed test. FTMTA calls on the relevant state agencies to be clear in the language used to define the type of use and user requiring a test. FTMTA does not wish to see a situation whereby users mainly engaged in agricultural work, either on their own account as farmers or for hire as agricultural contractors, are included in a road testing regime which was never intended to apply to them.

It is important that sight not be lost of the fact that the scope of the proposed test is very limited in nature and will have no bearing on any tractor not designed to travel at over 40 km/h which means that the vast majority of tractors on Irish farms will not be subject to testing. In addition, any tractor capable of speeds over 40 km/h but used primarily for agricultural work, whether by a farmer or contractor, will not be included in the testing program.

Introduction of TAMS Tillage Scheme

FTMTA has welcomed the introduction of the long awaited TAMS II Tillage Scheme, the Tillage Capital Investment Scheme. It is to be hoped that the grant process runs in a smooth fashion to support purchase decisions to facilitate investment by tillage farmers .

The stated objectives of the scheme are to facilitate the tillage sector to develop a targeted and precise approach focusing on environmental dividends, efficiency and growth

while improving competitiveness and contributing to the improvement of agricultural incomes. The investments eligible for grant aid under the scheme seem well positioned to deliver on those objectives with a focus on the new technologies available to tillage farmers.

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FTMTA News 21st February 2017

Agri Mechanisation Awards

Three awards in total to recognise achievement in the first year (2015 / 2016) in the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) in IT Tralee. These awards were jointly sponsored by FTMTA and Irish Farmers Journal.

The award winners were:

Gerard Donovan –  placement sponsored by Cork Farm Machinery, Carrigrohane Road, Cork.

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Padraig Carroll – placement sponsored by Nunan Farm Machinery, Broadford, Co. Limerick.

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Tomas O’Rourke – placement sponsored by Templetuohy Farm Machinery – Laois, New Inn, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

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All pictured with Graham McHugh, FTMTA President; Linda O’Mahony, Advertising Director Irish Farmers Journal and James Maloney, Machinery Editor Irish Farmers Journal. These students are now all in second year and on placement with their respective sponsoring machinery firms.

he Association has been heavily engaged in recent years on the development of a new training route for prospective service people coming into the industry. This has culminated in the introduction in 2015 of the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) course in IT Tralee as a higher education option. This course has been developed in cooperation by the college and industry to deliver a program tailored to meet the requirements of the modern farm machinery industry for highly skilled service technicians who can deal with the rapidly evolving technical challenges of today’s agricultural mechanisation technology. The first intake of students commenced the course in September of 2015 and this autumn will see the first year that there will be students at all stages of the degree program. The course is a mix of college based learning and work placement over three years with the student required to carry out a substantial body of online learning when on work placement.

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FTMTA News 10th February 2017

Day 1 over and what a day it was!

Huge crowds turned up to witness the incredible amount of machinery on display. Make sure you get yourself to Punchestown over the next two days to see what the largest ever FTMTA Farm Machinery Show has to offer!show 1 show 3 show

 

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FTMTA News 4th February 2017

The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017 – The Farming of Tomorrow

With the increased pressures on the farming industry of late, the ever-burning question of “how to do more with less” is constantly brought to the forefront of farmers’ thinking. Tightening margins coupled with rising input costs means that a previously profitable part of your farming practice could quickly turn those black numbers into red and start a drain from your income.

A unique feature at this year’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show is the addition of the “Farming of Tomorrow” Precision Agriculture exhibition area featuring the latest cutting edge precision technologies within the industry. The exhibition area is aimed at ensuring precision and efficiency are incorporated into part of everyday farming and will demonstrate how replacing over and under utilisation techniques with precise application, tracking and performance metrics can keep that tight margin in your pocket. The focus of the area is to promote continued technological advancement within that the Irish farming industry and highlight how these emerging technologies can assist with efficiency in the farming workplace.

Perhaps previously more associated with tillage, these precision applications and techniques are now very much applicable to all farming methods from dairying, including milking, milk storage and heat detection, contracting such as spreading fertilizer, manure and slurry right back through to the tillage sector itself. The exhibition covers all sectors with Dairymaster highlighting how technology can help dairy farmers produce, collect and store their prized asset more cost efficiently; Agri-Spread demonstrating how slurry and dung utilisation can be increased with the aid of technology; and Sixty-5 Technologies tackling the issue of ease of use within the technology and showing how this translates into real savings and profits, as well as offering larger scale GPS and profit monitoring applications.

On top of this Silotite will be demonstrating the increase in efficiency levels and return on investment available to farmers through improved silage baling and storage techniques with their Film & Film wrapping system. Clipex fencing will be highlighting longevity and ease of use with their fencing innovations and there will also be exhibits from Fossland Services and Farmhand focused on precision within the grassland and contracting sectors.

The exhibition will also tackle the ongoing plight of farm safety within the industry with the Show including exhibitors having a direct focus on how technology and GPS systems can improve all aspects of farm safety. FBD will be on hand to promote this safety message as well as answering any questions you may have about your farming insurance.

Seminars with leading professionals from the industry will be ongoing throughout the day and this area is not to be missed for those focused on farming’s future.

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FTMTA News 4th February 2017

We’ve got an app for that!

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With the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017 being the largest ever, we want to make sure that you’ve got it all covered. The FTMTA are delighted to partner with the Irish Farmer’s Journal to bring the Show to your pocket. A dedicated FTMTA Farm Machinery Show app is now available for download, which includes a full guide to all exhibitors attending this year’s show. A full map layout of the Show with every stand in every Pavilion is available as well as the most up to date news and press releases regarding the exhibitors.

To ensure you get the full benefit of everything this year’s Show has to offer, download the app today and easily navigate your way through the machinery event of the year. Follow one of the links below to download the app today:

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IPhone: Click Here  https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/grass-muck/id1105943394?mt=8

Android:Click Here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iguide.android.grassmuck&hl=fil

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FTMTA News 30th January 2017

The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show goes LIVE with That’s Farming

at the FTMTA Machinery Show in Punchestown. Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

The FTMTA and That’s Farming are pleased to announce the launch of the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017 Facebook LIVE viewing option for this year’s Show. A first for shows and events within the industry, this feature will make the Show interactive for all online followers and machinery enthusiasts alike.

As organisers of Ireland’s leading machinery Show, the FTMTA are always looking at new and creative ways to attract and engage audiences with the offerings and expertise available at our events. We are delighted to partner with That’s Farming, one of Ireland’s largest, dedicated farming news and videoing websites, to put together this offering.

The Facebook Live coverage of the three day FTMTA Farm Machinery Show, from Feb 9th-11th, will include live coverage of the Show as it unfolds in the Punchestown Event Centre near Naas. The coverage will include: exclusive live interviews with machinery experts from both Ireland and those specifically in Ireland for the event; the newest machinery unveilings in Ireland happening at the event; live reaction from the crowds in the action packed Pavilions; coverage of the unique Farming of Tomorrow Precision Agriculture arena within the Show, highlighting the latest cutting edge innovations within technology in the farming industry; interviews with Association President and CEO; the biggest and smallest machines available and everything in between. The interactive event will also be open to questions, feature giveaways and will be available to the huge online farming following in Ireland and abroad.

With technology playing an integral part within the industry itself, this opportunity allows machinery enthusiasts keep up to date with events at the Show. The FTMTA are proud to be able to draw on That’s Farming’s videography capabilities which have captured farmers’ imaginations on their page recently to make this possible. The special live show will be presented by That’s Farming’s editor John Connell and general manager Shane Ganley and will be staffed by a full onsite production crew over the three days.

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FTMTA News 3rd November 2016

New FTMTA Officers Elected

The October meeting of the FTMTA Executive Council elected a new President and Vice President of the Association to take office from January 1st, 2017.

The new FTMTA President will be Mr. Graham McHugh of McHugh Components Ltd and Mr. James Butler of Templetuohy Farm Machinery Ltd will serve as Vice President.

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Graham McHugh is joint managing director with his brother David, of McHugh Components, formerly McHugh & Kramp, which was established in 1973 by their late father Mr. Seamus McHugh. Graham and David, together with their brother Derek as Financial Director and Company Secretary, now lead a staff of over 50 people in a business which is known as a leading supplier of components to the agricultural and allied trades in Ireland. Graham McHugh will be the first FTMTA President from a purely parts business and as such he is sure to bring an interesting perspective to the role.

The current FTMTA President, Mr. Donal Fitzpatrick remains in office until the end of the year and expressed his confidence in the newly chosen officers.

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FTMTA News 7th October 2016

CASE IH on the BBC again…

 

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FTMTA News 7th October 2016

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The first biennial FTMTA Machinery Show was held in February 1989. The three-day Show, held in the Simmonscourt Extension of the RDS, was opened by Minister for Agriculture and Food, Michael O’Kennedy. The Show drew an attendance of 9,000 visitors.

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FTMTA News 23rd September 2016

FTMTA AGM

In his address to the recent annual general meeting of the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association, the FTMTA President, Mr, Donal Fitzpatrick of, Monasterevin dealership, J. H. Fitzpatrick Ltd. stated that while “sales of new tractors are far from the whole picture, the tractor registration statistics show a market holding its own to some extent in the face of challenging commodity prices”.

In dealing with the affairs of the Association , the FTMTA President stated that “FTMTA Grass & Muck held in Gurteen College in May was a highly successful event with a very positive reaction from exhibitors and visitors.  Clearly FTMTA Grass & Muck has developed into a very significant farm machinery event in Ireland and it is our intention to continue to develop both this and the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show. We are pleased to announce that Gurteen College have confirmed the continuing availability of the site for the 2018 event. Our next public event will be the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show in Punchestown on February 9th ,10th and 11th and the early interest is very encouraging. We expect the flagship event of the Irish farm machinery industry to continue to grow in 2017″.

Addressing BREXIT, Mr. Fitzpatrick said that while “the issue has occupied many column inches in the last couple of months, to a large extent all the speculation, for that is what most of it is, serves no purpose. Assuming BREXIT goes through, nobody can yet say what shape the EU’s relationship with the UK will take. Therefore I believe,  that it is too early to say what the impact of the UK exiting the EU will be for the Irish machinery sector, or indeed any other sector, in the long term. Much will depend on what sort of subsequent relationship is negotiated between the UK and EU.

Irish  manufacturers have a worldwide reputation for high quality and innovative agricultural mechanisation solutions, mainly based on Irish livestock and dairy farming’s strengths in grass based production. A significant element of Irish machinery production  goes to markets  much further afield than in the past with substantial markets in continental Europe and also as distant as the southern hemisphere.

FTMTA also includes some Northern Ireland based manufacturers in its membership and wants to see those firms continue to have competitive access to the market in the Republic and wider EU.The FTMTA President stressed that, while anecdotally a weaker sterling has the potential to drive imports of used machinery from the UK, in reality customers are in most cases happier to have the security of buying through their local dealer rather than from a UK dealer or auction house who will not offer them the support and service they may require.

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