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.

Be a part of a stronger 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 22nd August 2016

FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017

The exhibitor application packs for the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017 have been posted on Thursday, August 18th and have been sent to all exhibitors at this year’s FTMTA Grass & Muck Show and at the last FTMTA Farm Machinery Show held in 2015 and firms who have requested an application. All other firms interested in exhibiting at next year’s Show should contact FTMTA on show@ftmta.ie or at 045 409309 to request an exhibitor pack. A copy of the non member application pack will be available to download from the FTMTA website at www.ftmta.ie from Thursday, August 25th.

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FTMTA News 3rd August 2016

FTMTA Becomes an Agri Aware Patron

The Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association has recently become a patroAgri Aware logo new (2)n of Agri Aware, the Irish agri-food educational body. Founded in 1996 as an independent body to provide the general public with information and education on the importance of agriculture and food to the Irish economy, Agri Aware is a charitable trust funded by the Irish farming and agri-business industry, with a mission to ‘improve the image and understanding of Agriculture, Farming and the Food industry among the general public.”

 

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The objectives of Agri Aware are to:

  • To improve the image of the agriculture, farming and food industries
  • To promote greater awareness among the non-farming community of modern agriculture, the rural environment, animal welfare, food quality and safety
  • To heighten farmer awareness of the importance of best farming practices in the protection of the environment, animal welfare and food safety
  • To provide information about agriculture and food in schools nationwide to inform the non-farming community about the crucial role that the farming and agri-food industry play in the Irish economy

To convey the importance of the agri-food industry amongst the general public, Agri Aware delivers high impact educational and public awareness initiatives and projects for students and the general public. Agri Aware has recently launched a CAP communication campaign at Dublin Airport. Over six weeks from mid July, over 4 million passengers travelling through Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport will learn about the Common Agricultural Policy and its benefits.

Given the independent nature of the Irish farm machinery industry and Irish farming, the FTMTA Executive Council felt that is important for the Association to lend its support to the commendable efforts of Agri Aware. The key role of agriculture in the Irish economy was brought strongly home to the wider public in the aftermath of the economic downturn in 2008 when it was one of the few sectors with a positive story to tell. It is important that sight is not lost of the importance of this sector when the wider economy may be seen to be recovering. Agriculture provides vital employment in rural Ireland both directly and indirectly and provides the raw material for a strong export orientated sector.

In supporting the Irish agricultural sector, the Irish farm machinery industry has developed a strong, indigenously owned, presence on global export markets. The industry, both at retail and manufacturing level, provides a relatively substantial level of high quality employment in rural areas where such employment may otherwise be in scare supply.

Be a part of a stronger 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 26th July 2016

FTMTA FARM MACHINERY SHOW 2017

FTMTA just finalised the artwork for the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017.

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FTMTA News 15th July 2016

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year!

It is great to see our Member Firm Abbey Machinery in The Irish Times today.                 Best of luck to Clodagh Cavangh in EY Entrepreneur Of The Year!

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FTMTA News 14th July 2016

Tractor Registration Figures

The most recent figures issued by FTMTA in relation to the registration of new tractors cover the first six months of the year. A total of 1,335 tractors were registered during January to June which is an increase of some 5% on the same period of 2015. While June registrations were down 20% at 74 units, June is a quieter month for registrations than previously since the introduction of the split year for registration purposes (i.e. 161 and 162) which has seen much activity held over until July in the case of tractors as well as of cars. The new tractor market overall has performed well during the year to date, and probably better than expected, despite the challenges presented by poor agricultural prices and demonstrates the commitment of Irish agricultural to ongoing investment in efficient and productive farm mechanisation.

Cork, Tipperary and Galway were the counties with the highest levels of registrations during the first half of the year with 152, 108 and 95 units respectively. The trend towards higher horse power units continues with close to 48% of all units registered in the first six months having more than 120 hp and less than 12.25% having 100 hp or lower.

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FTMTA News 1st July 2016

Registration of Imports

It is a requirement when registering a used, imported tractor or other self propelled machine in Ireland that evidence of the prior registration in another country must be produced. The most common example of this is when a tractor is imported from the UK and either the UK log book or a Certificate of Permanent Export from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) must be produced at an NCTS centre as part of the process to register the tractor in Ireland.

Buyers should be aware that the absence of the necessary documentation may result in a position where it will not be possible to register an imported machine. It is a legal requirement that all tractors in use in this state be registered, irrespective of whether they are in use on the public road or not. If a tractor is not in use on the public road it can be declared as being off the road for the purpose of motor tax.

Be a part of a stronger 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 30th June 2016

Machinery Industry and “Brexit”

FTMTA believes 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. Obviously import tariffs, in either direction, have the potential to be very damaging to trade but there is also the potential for non financial barriers such as customs documentation and procedures.

The UK has long been an important market for Irish machinery manufacturers but is now somewhat less so than in the past. 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 remain competitive in the market in the Republic and wider EU.

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FTMTA News 23rd June 2016

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) Sponsorship Available with FTMTA member

An FTMTA member in the south west / mid west has one work placement position available for a student hoping to begin the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) course in IT Tralee this year.

collegeThe 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

The closing date for receipt of applications for admission to the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) course in IT Tralee is July 1st. The application form and further information are available from the Courses section of the IT Tralee website.

The course will be 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. FTMTA believes that this course will produce the calibre of qualified personnel required by the industry and its customers in the future and the Association encourages its member firms to support the new program in the coming years.

Any potential student interesting in availing of this work placement opportunity should submit their details by email to admin@ftmta.ie and we will forward them to our member firm for consideration.

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FTMTA News 23rd June 2016

FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017

Following the great success of the recent FTMTA Grass & Muck event, the Association has already received many requests from potential exhibitors for information regarding the next public farm machinery event to be run by the Association.

Ireland’s premier farm machinery event, the biennial FTMTA Farm Machinery Show, will return to Punchestown Racecourse near Naas on February 9th, 10th and 11th, 2017. The show will continue the, highly successful, Thursday, Friday and Saturday format of recent years. The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show is Ireland’s largest dedicated farm machinery event and is also the largest indoor agricultural event in Ireland, attracting some 18,750 visitors in 2015.

Farm Machinery Show 2017

The exhibitor application pack for the Show will be issued at the end of August and will automatically be sent to all exhibitors at the most recent FTMTA events. Any firm which did not exhibit at an FTMTA event in 2015 or 2016 but which is interested in exhibiting at next year’s Show should contact FTMTA on admin@ftmta.ie or at 045 409309 to be included in the circulation of the exhibitor pack. In keeping with the Association’s ethos, for both FTMTA Grass & Muck and the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show, only stands from genuinely agricultural focused businesses will be accepted.

Be a part of a stronger 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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