FTMTA News 20th April 2017

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation)

The application form for this year’s admission  to First Year of the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) course in IT Tralee is now available from the Courses section of the IT Tralee website. The courses section is sub divided into various study areas and the course in question can be found within the Agricultural and Manufacturing Engineering area.

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The 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 and must be submitted with the completed application form.

This course is the result of co-operation between the college and the farm machinery industry to design and develop an appropriate training scheme for new entrants to the service role in the industry. 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.

Based on the number of calls being received by the FTMTA office in recent weeks and the level of interest seen at the Association’s stand at the recent Agri Careers event there will be a lot of competition for places on this year’s intake and for that reason FTMTA encourages prospective students to secure a work placement sponsorship as early as possible.

A written request in relation to the required work placement sponsorship should be sent to the dealer principal or 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. It is the view of the Association that a far better impression will be made on potential sponsors  if all contact in this context is made and driven by the student rather than by a parent.

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 13th April 2017

FTMTA Grass & Muck 2018

Following the very successful FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017 held during February, FTMTA has received numerous enquiries about future events. FTMTA holds two public farm machinery events on alternating years; both events are run in accordance with the ethos that they are “organised by the trade for the farmer and contractor”. The next public event to be held by FTMTA will be FTMTA Grass & Muck to take place during May of 2018 and the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show will return in February of 2019.

The exact date of FTMTA Grass & Muck 2018 has yet to be confirmed but the event will return to Gurteen College near Birr during May of next year. The Gurteen site is in a very central and accessible location and, with the excellent facilities of the college on hand, it has proved to be a very successful venue for this event which has become very popular with exhibitors and the Irish farming public alike attracting approximately 11,000 visitors in 2016.

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The focus at FTMTA Grass & Muck is very much on working machinery with ongoing demonstrations throughout the day in the grass harvesting, reseeding, silage pit, slurry spreading and farm yard manure spreading areas. A large trade stand area for non demonstrating exhibitors will also be provided in a central position at the event and this is a dimension that has grown substantially over the years.

FTMTA Grass & Muck is sure to be the farm machinery highlight of 2018 and the exhibitor application packs in relation to the event will be issued after the summer. Any firm interested in exhibiting at the event for the first time can register their interest in advance by contacting the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie Previous exhibitors at the most recent FTMTA events will receive the application pack as a matter of course.

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 6th April 2017

Farm Machinery Industry Careers

FTMTA was pleased to exhibit at the recent Agri Careers event and Conor McGuinness, manning the Association’s stand, was extremely busy during the day as he fielded numerous queries from enthusiastic young people interested in making a career in the farm machinery industry. A number of FTMTA member firms such as AGCO / Massey Ferguson, Dairymaster and McHale also participated with stands of their own as did, affiliate member, IT Tralee and all reported strong interest from a high calibre of individuals.

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 The Association believes that it is important that school leavers and students understand that the farm machinery industry is a progressive, innovative sector offering a variety of challenging and rewarding career paths for high quality recruits and it was to deliver this message that  FTMTA exhibited at Agri Careers. There are numerous careers available in the farm machinery sector encompassing roles across the technical, sales and parts aspects of the business and FTMTA wishes to encourage students to think about pursuing such a career.

The mission of the Association is to promote the highest standards of professionalism in the Irish farm machinery industry. FTMTA is working to deliver a viable, local, professional industry to meet the agricultural mechanisation requirements of professional Irish farming businesses.  The industry requires an ongoing intake of good quality new recruits to support this vision.

The FTMTA stand at Agri Careers featured a number of  vacant positions in all departments with member firms across the country  and there was considerable interest from students sitting the Leaving Certificate this year in relation to the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) degree  in IT Tralee. 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 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 and is attracting a lot of attention from potential students.

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 March 2017

Farm Machinery Safety

With a number of tragic fatal accidents since the start of the year, FTMTA reiterates the calls made by it over the years for those involved in working with agricultural machinery to be conscious of, and proactive in relation to, the safety of themselves and others. It has long been reported by the Health and Safety Authority that the fatality rate in agriculture is far higher than in any other sector of the economy.

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The Association calls on those active in agriculture and using agricultural machinery to be mindful of their safety and that of other people. Some small and practical steps can easily be taken to make the everyday use of farm machinery safer. Amongst other points:

  • Clearly understand what all controls do and how to use them before you operate a tractor or any machine
  • Make sure that the handbrake is working before you start any self propelled machine
  • Check that nobody around the machine is in danger before moving off and be aware of others at all times
  • Ensure that brakes and steering operate correctly
  • Machinery should only be used for the purpose for which it was designed and in the fashion for which it was built.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

 

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 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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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 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

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 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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