FTMTA News 12th February 2018

FTMTA Auction on Feb 24th

Preparations continue for the FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction to be held at Punchestown on Saturday, February 24th, with more lots being entered by FTMTA member firms on a daily basis. Details and photographs of lots representing a wide variety of categories of farm machinery can be viewed through the Plant & Machinery section on the Wilsons Auctions website at www.wilsonsauctions.com with many more to be added.

Viewing will be open at Punchestown on the day before the auction, Friday, February 23rd, from 10am to 4pm and from 9am on the morning of the auction with the sale commencing at 11am. Bidding will be possible, by registered bidders only, in person, online or through a pre bid service.

Finance Ireland Leasing are interested in working with potential purchasers to provide finance for qualifying machines which they may be considering purchasing at the auction. Finance Ireland Leasing personnel will be present on the preview and auction days to speak with interested parties in advance of the sale. For further information in relation to the Finance Ireland Leasing proposition please contact Sean O’Meara on 086 3820762 at seanomeara@financeireland.ie .

The FTMTA auction concept has been introduced to provide another channel for member firms to utilise in marketing their surplus stock and also provides a valuable role as an indicator of market values for certain items of machinery.

Further information on the FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction 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 12th February 2018

Last Remaining 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, are now fully booked. Demand for static stand exhibition space in the trade village area has also been very strong and there are only a very limited number of stands remaining. FTMTA are encouraging all those interested in exhibiting at the event to submit their completed application forms as soon as possible. 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 .

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 10th January 2018

FTMTA Announces Partnership With Wilsons Auctions

The Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) has announced that the Association will partner with Wilsons Auctions on the upcoming second FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction to take place at Punchestown Event Centre near Naas on Saturday, February 24th.

Making the announcement, Gary Ryan, FTMTA CEO, stated that “the Association are pleased to partner with a firm of the scale, history and reputation of Wilsons Auctions in further developing our FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction. The purpose for FTMTA in introducing this new member service during 2017 was to provide an additional sales channel for our members and it is important that we are aligned with an auctioneer who can support that aim to the best possible extent.”

Commenting on the appointment of Wilsons Auctions as the auctioneers for the FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction, Ricky Wilson, Company Director & Head of Irish Operations, said “Wilsons Auctions have 82 years’ experience auctioning tractors, agricultural machinery and plant. Our company was founded on auctioneering for the farming community so naturally we are delighted to have been entrusted by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association to be the auctioneers at the Punchestown event on Saturday 24th February. With eight Plant and Machinery auctions each month in our branches throughout Ireland and the UK, Wilsons Auctions have the expertise required to deliver a successful agricultural machinery auction event at Punchestown and we are looking forward to developing further our relationship with FTMTA”

As before, the auction will facilitate the sales of lots coming from FTMTA member firms only; lots from other sources will not be considered. The auction will accept lots from all FTMTA member firms including retail dealers, manufacturers and distributors and will be unreserved in nature meaning that all lots will sell on the day.

Viewing will be open at Punchestown, which has proved to be a highly suitable venue for such an event, on the day prior to the auction, Friday, February 23rd. Full details, including photographs, of most lots will be available online through the Plant & Machinery section on the Wilsons Auctions website at www.wilsonsauctions.com in advance of the auction. Bidding will be possible onsite, online or through a pre bid service.

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 28th December 2017

New Members for FTMTA

The December meeting of the FTMTA Executive Council was pleased to admit a number of  additional firms to the membership of the Association.

Merlo UK Ltd. is a subsidiary of the Merlo Group, a family owned manufacturer of a range of telehandlers, attachments, ROTO handlers and forestry tractors. The parent company was founded by the Merlo family in 1964 and now employs 1,200 people worldwide. The UK company is based in Raingwood in Hampshire and the website can be found at www.merlo.com .

Zero Grazer is based at Dromone, Oldcastle, Co. Meath. The business, led by Niall O’Reilly, is the pioneer of the zero grazing concept in Ireland and produces a range of  Zero Grazer machines of different sizes and specifications. Zero Grazer can be contacted on 044 9666919 or by email at info@zerograzing.ie and the website can be found at www.zerograzer.ie .

Ardagh Agri Services Ltd. is a retail farm machinery dealer based in Ballina, Co. Mayo. The business is led by, Managing Director, David Breslin and is a dealer for a range of brands including Tanco, Lely, Kverneland, McConnell, Abbey Machinery, McHale and Quicke among others. Ardagh Agri Services can be contacted on 096 72803 or by email at david@ardaghservices.com and the website can be found at www.ardaghservices.com .

O’Brien Tractors is based in Bunnanadden, Co. Sligo and is a main dealer for New Holland tractors and construction equipment. Adrian O’Brien established the business in 1999 and was subsequently appointed as a New Holland dealer in 2011. The business can be contacted by phone on 071 9183507 or by email at sales@obrienstractors.com and the website can be found at www.obriensractors.com .

The addition of these four firms rounded off an exceptional level of new members joining the Association during 2017. The  Executive Council of the Association believes that growing the membership of FTMTA through the ongoing recruitment of additional members greatly strengthens the Association in promoting and supporting a professional and viable farm machinery industry to the advantage of the trade and its customers. The development of the membership base to be more widely representative of all aspects of the sector (including retail dealers, Irish manufacturers and international manufacturers as seen during December) has been a priority for the Association in recent year and will continue to be so.

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 30th November 2017

FTMTA Announce Second Auction

The FTMTA Executive Council has agreed that the Association will hold a second FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction in early spring. The auction will take place at Punchestown Event Centre on Saturday, February 24th and follows on from the first such event held at the end of September when lots attracting a hammer price of nearly €1.2 million were sold.

As before the auction will facilitate the sales of lots coming from FTMTA member firms only; lots from other sources will not be considered. The auction will accept lots from all FTMTA member firms including retail dealers, manufacturers and distributors. The first such auction attracted a high degree of interest from potential purchasers both at home and abroad with some 2,500 people attending on the sale day and it is hoped to build further on this.

Viewing will be open at Punchestown, which has proved to be a highly suitable venue for such an event, on the day prior to the auction, Friday, February 23rd. Full details, including photographs, of most lots will be available online in advance of the auction. Bidding will be possible onsite, online or through a pre bid service.

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 29th November 2017

FTMTA Grass & Muck 2018 Closing Date

The closing date for FTMTA Grass & Muck, to be held at                                                  Gurteen College on Thursday, May 17th, 2018 is on Friday, January 26th. Application packs have been issued by email to all those firms who had registered an interest in advance as well as to all exhibitors as this year’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show and FTMTA Grass & Muck 2016.
The exhibitor application pack for non members of FTMTA can now be downloaded from the FTMTA website at www.ftmta.ie . Further details can be obtained by contacting the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie .

 

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FTMTA News 20th November 2017

Tractor Market Recovery Continues

The latest tractor registration figures prepared by FTMTA show a continuing steady improvement in the state of the new tractor market during the year. October saw 90 new tractors registered which was a considerable increase on the 64 units in the same month of last year. The total registrations for the year to the end of October now stand at 1,714 new tractors and, while this is some 6% less than at the same point last year, the year on year drop is now the smallest that it has been all year. The recovery as the year progressed is especially notable when the current 6% drop is set against the 19% year on year decrease at the end of February. The counties with the highest levels of new registrations during the first ten months of the year are Cork with 193 units, Tipperary with 147 units and Galway is tied with Wexford at 105 units each. A resurgent dairy sector seems most likely to account for the improvement in the market as the year went on and it is expected that this positive impact will continue into next year.

Registrations of telehandlers, wheeled loaders and backhoe loaders have all enjoyed reasonably good years and continued that performance with a strong October. There have been 280 new telehandlers registered during the first ten months which is slightly less than 4% down on the same point in 2017. The level of registrations of wheeled loaders stands at 79 units versus 72 in all of last year while 51 backhoe loaders have been registered against 40 units in all of 2017. Obviously the much increased level of construction activity across the country is the primary driver of increased sales of these categories of machines but an element of the telehandlers and wheeled loaders totals would have gone into agricultural uses with farmers and contractors.

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 8th November 2017

Thomas Dunne of Bunclody, Co. Wexford, received an award for Excellence on the Higher Certificate in Engineering In Agricultural Mechanisation from the FTMTA at the recent Limerick IT conferring ceremony. The award was presented by Conor McGuinness of the FTMTA in relation to Thomas’s project as part of his studies on the joint LIT / Pallaskenry Agricultural College course during which he designed and manufactured a hydraulic bale handler. Thomas completed his 30 week industrial placement  with, FTMTA member firm, Kellys of Borris during which he got a range of experience  in the workshop, stores and as a demonstrator. Having graduated from the Higher Certificate, Thomas is currently continuing his studies in University College Dublin.

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FTMTA News 3rd November 2017

FTMTA Welcomes Consultation on 50k Tractor Test

The Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) welcome the commitment from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport at the meeting held with stakeholders including the Association this week, to revisit the scope of the testing regime to be introduced for certain T5 tractors (otherwise known as 50k or fast tractors) engaged in commercial road haulage from May 20th, 2018. It is important to note that some form of testing program will still come into force on that date as that is mandated by the relevant EU directive in relation to the overall subject of road worthiness testing for various classes of commercial haulage vehicles. The new directive specifically includes T5 tractors whereas previous regulations on this subject did not.

The major sticking point which has, unsurprisingly, arisen in relation to the introduction of such a test centres around which 50k tractors will be subject to testing. The Statutory Instrument (SI) as signed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, states that the test is applicable to 50k tractors used on public roads for commercial road haulage at a distance of over 25 km from the address at which the owner resides and at the tractor is registered. The SI exempts 50k tractors that are owned / operated by farmers and contractors for purely agricultural purposes irrespective of the distance from home but there seems to be a lack of clarity around the definition of agricultural work versus commercial haulage and there are also issues around a 25 km distance given the nature of Irish land holdings and farming practices.

It is important that the new test does not encompass genuine farming and agricultural contracting activities which the EU directive seems not to have been intended to include. A lack of clarity and various ambiguities in relation to the road use of agricultural vehicles has caused numerous difficulties for tractor operators over the years and the last thing that is needed is further confusion in this regard.

FTMTA calls on the Department to now move speedily to, in effect, withdraw or negate the already signed SI and to undertake the consultation process as they had previously committed to doing and to which they seemed open at our meeting this week. FTMTA joins with other stakeholder groups in welcoming the speed with which the Department and Minister Ross have moved to deal with the problems raised by the SI as signed when these matters were brought to their attention.

FTMTA believes that it is also necessary that the full implications of the move to commercial vehicle testing for some tractors be clarified in terms of how this will impact on the owners of tractors coming within the scope of the test in relation to issues such as the use of agricultural diesel, driver licensing and road tax etc.

The most important point for now is that no time be lost in resolving the issues as the implementation date of May 20th appears to be fixed.

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 2nd November 2017

Atkins Birr Open Days

FTMTA member firm, Atkins will hold two open days to officially open and showcase their new premises at Syngefield Industrial Estate in Birr, Co. Offaly, on Friday, November 3rd, and Saturday, November 4th. The new depot, with a staff of six, will be managed by, Birr native and long time Atkins employee, Trevor Richardson and will operate as a retail branch for the Fendt range in the midlands. Trevor and the team have been working hard in recent weeks to transform their new premises which will also provide a hub for the Atkins wholesale fertiliser spreader distribution business in support of their nationwide Bredal and Bogballe dealer network.

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