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 .            

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 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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FTMTA News 22nd February 2018

Machinery arrives for FTMTA Auction

Machinery has been arriving from FTMTA members across the country to Punchestown Event Centre all week for the FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction to be held at Punchestown on this Saturday, February 24th.  Details and photographs of many lots representing a wide variety of farm machinery as well as a wide assortment of parts can be viewed through the Plant & Machinery section on the Wilsons Auctions website at www.wilsonsauctions.com with more still to be added.

Viewing will be open at Punchestown on, 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 .

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

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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