FTMTA News 9th November 2018

Strong Demand For Space At FTMTA Farm Machinery Show

The Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association report an unprecedentedly high level of demand for exhibition space at next year’s flagship event for the Irish agricultural machinery sector. The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2019 will take place at Punchestown Racecourse near Naas, Co. Kildare on February 7th, 8th and 9th. The Show was fully sold out by the closing date at the end of October but an additional amount of space was subsequently provided, most of which has now also been booked. At this stage, there is a very limited amount of exhibition space remaining and any firm interested in exhibiting should not delay in contacting the FTMTA on 045 409 309 or by email at admin@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 24th September 2018

FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2019

The exhibitor application packs for the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2019 have been emailed on Monday, September 10th 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 2017 and firms who have requested an application. All other firms interested in exhibiting at next year’s Show should contact FTMTA on admin@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 Monday, September 24th.

 

 

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FTMTA News 20th August 2018

Strong July Tractor Registrations

The latest tractor and self propelled machinery registration statistics from the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association reveal that this July saw somewhat of a milestone in the behaviour of the Irish tractor market. Until 2013, the year which saw the introduction of a two part year for vehicle registration purpose, tractor registrations in any given year were heavily weighted towards the first quarter of the year. The introduction of the split registration year saw July become second only to January in terms of monthly registrations.  However, this July became the month with the highest level of monthly registrations so far this year.

There were 249 new tractors registered during this July which is an increase of nearly 5% on the 238 units registered during July of 2017 but is also more tractors than were registered during this January when coincidentally 238 units were also registered. The strong July performance results in a total of 1,349 new tractors registered during the first seven months of this year and while that is a drop of 4% on the same period of 2018 this must be seen in the context of the January registrations which were 29% down on 2017. Even after a good month in February which was some 12% ahead of the corresponding period last year, the year on year level of registrations was some 15% down on 2017 which highlights the recovery in recent months.

The three counties with the highest levels of registrations continue to be Cork, Tipperary and Wexford with 181, 110 and 106 units registered respectively to the end of July. The very pronounced move towards higher power tractors in the Irish market is clearly evident in the 2018 registrations with 89% of all new tractors having in excess of 100hp, 55% over 120hp and 27% over 150hp.

Telehandler registrations to the end of July confirm a market that is continuing the strong performance of recent years with 31 units registered during July, bringing the figure for the first seven months to 257 units which is a 19% increase on the same period of 2017. Wheeled loaders have also seen strong activity with 15 units registered during July to bring the figure for the year to date to 93 machines which is a 33% year on year increase and also comfortably in excess of the 83 such machines in total which were registered in all of 2017.

With the onset of the grain harvest in July, the picture on registrations of new combines becomes much clearer and this year’s figure certainly defy the pessimism that might have been prevalent on this topic at the end of last year’s harvest and during this year’s difficult spring. A total of 31 new combines have been registered during to the end of July. While this figure is some way off the heights of 2013 and 2014 when 65 and 61 new combines respectively were registered it also a considerable improvement on last year’s market which saw only 20 new combines registered.

In what has been a challenging period for Irish farming with contrasting but extremely difficult weather conditions starting as far back as July 2017, it is clear that Irish farmers and agricultural contractors are continuing to invest in the mechanisation requirements of their professionally run agricultural enterprises. FTMTA has expressed the hope that the return of more typical weather patterns and moisture levels will be contained at levels that will allow the use of grass harvesting equipment much later than in normal years to fill the gaps in fodder supplies for the year ahead.

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 27th July 2018

Agricultural Mechanisation Degree Course

As the Leaving Certificate exams continue, it is timely to remind those students interested in pursuing a career in the service role within the farm machinery industry that the closing date for application to the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) course in IT Tralee will be on Friday, August 17th.

The course is a direct entry program and to apply for a place on the course potential students must have been accepted by a sponsoring farm machinery business which will provide the required work placements. Successful applicants will also have a Leaving Certificate with minimum grade O6/H7 in English or Gaeilge, O6/H7 in Mathematics and O6/H7 in three other subjects. In practice a relatively high level of mathematical ability will be an advantage during the course and candidates entering the course with better Maths results are likely to fare better over time. While this is not an engineering course, engineering fundamentals lie at the core of many of the concepts taught and, as such, a strong mathematical base is important to enable the student to get the most from the course.

Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the application / admission process and offers of places on the course will be subject to the candidate achieving the required standard in their Leaving Certificate results. Application forms and further information are available from the Courses section of the IT Tralee website.

FTMTA is encouraging member firms of the Association to support the course and  is asking that any firms planning to take on trainees for the service role from this year’s school leavers consider this route which is specifically designed to produce the agricultural technicians required by the industry for the future. 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. FTMTA believes that this course will produce the calibre of qualified personnel required by the industry and its customers in the future. The machinery sold by our industry continues to evolve and develop and requires the support of highly skilled service personnel.  The first cohort of students entered what was then a new course in 2015 and those who have successfully progressed through the course are now nearing graduation.

The Association advises that interested secondary school leavers should use the Member Links page of the FTMTA website at www.ftmta.ie to identify FTMTA member farm machinery businesses in their area to approach regarding work placements. A written request in relation to the required work placement sponsorship should be sent to the dealer principal or, in the case of larger businesses, 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. Gary Ryan, FTMTA Chief Executive, stresses that, in his view, a better impression is normally made when the applicant makes contact with the potential sponsor directly rather than leaving it to parents.

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 23rd July 2018

Alan King Agri Sales – a well-known farm machinery business based at The Pike, Ballingarry, Roscrea (Co. Tipperary) – has joined the FTMTA (Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association).

The dealership was admitted to the association’s membership at the most recent Executive Council meeting.

Led by Alan, the dealership is a franchised agent for several farm machinery brands, including Lely and Quicke. The business is also known as a supplier of second-hand tractors.

Alan King Agri Sales exhibited at this year’s FTMTA Grass & Muck; the business was also an exhibitor at the first such event back in 2010.

Another farm machinery business to join the association recently was M Healion Tractors.

It was admitted following the Executive Council’s January meeting and operates at Arden, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. It specialises in the sale of used tractors and also provides a spare parts and repair service. It’s headed up by Micheal Healion.

Also joining at that time was Eardly Agricultural Service – based in Hebron Industrial Estate in Kilkenny.

That business is a franchised dealer for a variety of farm machinery brands including Krone, Amazone, Bomford, Tanco, Gregoire Besson, Quicke and APV – among others. It’s headed up by Michael Eardley.

Previous additions (following the Executive Council’s December meeting) include: Merlo UK (a subsidiary of the wider Merlo Group); Zero Grazer (based at Dromone, Oldcastle, Co. Meath); O’Brien Tractors (a New Holland tractor and construction equipment dealership in Bunnanadden, Co. Sligo); and Ardagh Agri Services (a retail farm machinery dealership based in Ballina, Co. Mayo).

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 12th June 2018

Agricultural Mechanisation Degree Course

As the Leaving Certificate exams continue, it is timely to remind those students interested in pursuing a career in the service role within the farm machinery industry that the closing date for application to the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) course in IT Tralee will be on Friday, August 17th.

The course is a direct entry program and to apply for a place on the course potential students must have been accepted by a sponsoring farm machinery business which will provide the required work placements. Successful applicants will also have a Leaving Certificate with minimum grade O6/H7 in English or Gaeilge, O6/H7 in Mathematics and O6/H7 in three other subjects. In practice a relatively high level of mathematical ability will be an advantage during the course and candidates entering the course with better Maths results are likely to fare better over time. While this is not an engineering course, engineering fundamentals lie at the core of many of the concepts taught and, as such, a strong mathematical base is important to enable the student to get the most from the course.

Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the application / admission process and offers of places on the course will be subject to the candidate achieving the required standard in their Leaving Certificate results. Application forms and further information are available from the Courses section of the IT Tralee website.

FTMTA is encouraging member firms of the Association to support the course and  is asking that any firms planning to take on trainees for the service role from this year’s school leavers consider this route which is specifically designed to produce the agricultural technicians required by the industry for the future. 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. FTMTA believes that this course will produce the calibre of qualified personnel required by the industry and its customers in the future. The machinery sold by our industry continues to evolve and develop and requires the support of highly skilled service personnel.  The first cohort of students entered what was then a new course in 2015 and those who have successfully progressed through the course are now nearing graduation.

The Association advises that interested secondary school leavers should use the Member Links page of the FTMTA website at www.ftmta.ie to identify FTMTA member farm machinery businesses in their area to approach regarding work placements. A written request in relation to the required work placement sponsorship should be sent to the dealer principal or, in the case of larger businesses, 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. Gary Ryan, FTMTA Chief Executive, stresses that, in his view, a better impression is normally made when the applicant makes contact with the potential sponsor directly rather than leaving it to parents.

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 25th May 2018

FTMTA Grass & Muck A Great Success

Following a highly successful and very well attended FTMTA Grass & Muck event on May 17th, FTMTA Chief Executive Gary Ryan has stated that the Association were satisfied with how the event with and expressed thanks to all those who played a part in delivering this year’s FTMTA Grass & Muck. Great thanks is due to Sergeant Ger Harrigton of An Garda Siochana and his team at Borrisokane Garda Station for their assistance in on the day of the event as well as in the run up.

 

The largest ever crowd seen at FTMTA Grass & Muck of nearly 12,000 visitors flocked to the Gurteen College site from early morning and no difficulties with access were reported with the new car public park area along the Nenagh to Birr road proving equal to the task and the newly built farm road providing direct access from the car park to the admission area. Weather conditions throughout the buildup of the event had been, on the whole, excellent and fortunately the pleasant weather continued during the event day making things much easier on site for exhibitors and visitors.

 

Many exhibitors had gone to great lengths in the preparation of their demonstration areas and static stands with some very impressive displays and stands in evidence across the site. Such efforts from exhibitors serves to lift the standard of entire event and FTMTA express thanks to exhibitors for the considerable work done on stands. Visitors certainly had the opportunity to view a wide range on silage making equipment in action on the day including mowers of all types, rakes, tedders, balers, wagons, trailed harvesters and self propelled foragers. The wheeled loader demonstrations at the silage pit were as popular as ever and many thousand visitors visited this area during the day. The addition of a number of static trade stands in this area for the first time added another attraction in that part of the  large site. The slurry sreading, dung spreading and reseeding also proved popular with large numbers making their way to this field to view the demonstrations during the day.

 

Even though FTMTA Grass & Muck has now grown to cover a substantial area, the substantial network of farm roads developed by Gurteen College over the years has made moving around the site a relatively straightforward exercise. FTMTA recognises the substantial work done by Gurteen College to support the event in this and previous years.

FTMTA is pleased to confirm that FTMTA Grass & Much will return to the Gurteen College site during May of 2020. The next public FTMTA event will the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show at Punchestown Racecourse on February 7th, 8th and 9th of 2019. Exhibitor application packs in respect of the Show will be issued by email to all exhibitors at this year’s FTMTA Grass & Much and last year’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show. Any other firm interested in exhibiting at the Show should register their interest by contacting the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie .            

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FTMTA News 19th April 2018

FTMTA Grass & Muck is only a month away!!

The site is coming together nicely for next month’s event, May 17th. We would like to thank Gurteen College for their efforts in keeping the site in great shape during the recent spell of poor weather. The grass and overall conditions look great.

Don’t forget to buy your discounted online tickets at http://www.ckstickets.ie/events/grass-and-muck-2018

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 12th March 2018

They’re here!!

Tickets are now available for this year’s FTMTA Grass & Muck. Discounted tickets are available online until May 11th. Get yours now here: http://www.ckstickets.ie/events/grass-and-muck-2018

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 7th March 2018

Additional FTMTA Grass & Muck Stands

As advised recently, all the working grass machinery demonstration plots for this year’s FTMTA Grass & Muck event to be held at Gurteen College near Birr on Thursday, May 17th, have now been fully booked. Demand for static stand exhibition space in the trade village area has also been very strong and all the original stand position have now been sold.

 

It has proved possible in recent days to alter the layout slightly to make some additional static stand space available. There are only a very limited number of these additional stands available and all those interested in exhibiting at the event are encouraged to submit their completed application forms as soon as possible. There will be no further stand possibilities after these stands are sold. The exhibitor application pack for non members of FTMTA can be downloaded from the FTMTA website at www.ftmta.ie . Application packs for FTMTA member firms and further details can be obtained by contacting the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie .

This year’s FTMTA Grass & Muck event will be the largest ever and will be the flagship event for the Irish farm machinery industry during 2018. Some 11,500 visitors attended the 2016 event and the organisers hope to see that figure exceeded this year. On line tickets will go on sale via a link on the FTMTA website in the coming weeks and will be available at a discount to the price on the day until Friday, May 11th.

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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