FTMTA News 23rd May 2017

FTMTA Welcomes New Members

The May meeting of the FTMTA Executive Council was pleased to admit a further three firms to membership of the Association.

Gerry Duffy Machinery Ltd. is a long established farm machinery dealership based in Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. The business is a Same Duetz-Fahr tractor dealer and is also a dealer for a number of other brands of farm machinery including Amazone.  Gerry Duffy Machinery Ltd. can be contacted on 01 8352556 and the website can be found at www.gerryduffymachinery.com .

Gerry Duffy Machinery

John Conaty Ltd. is a well known parts supplier based at Sylvan Park, Kells, Co. Meath.  The business can be contacted on 046  9241178 and the website can be found at www.johnconaty.com . John Conaty Ltd. is a supplier of new and second hand parts as well as of used tractors and plant.

John Conaty

Farm Works Machinery Ltd. is a relatively new business in the farm machinery trade having been founded in recent years. Led by Ciaran Tierney, the company is the Fendt tractor dealer for Dublin and Meath. Farm Works Machinery Ltd. can be contacted on 01 8433015 and at info@farmworksmachinery.ie .

Farmworks

 

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FTMTA News 17th May 2017

European Machinery Outlook Improves

A report issued earlier this week by CEMA, the representative body of the European agricultural machinery manufacturing sector, points to cautious expectations that the European machinery market will return to growth during 2017. CEMA provides a monthly insight into the prevailing business climate of the European agricultural machinery industry through a survey called the CEMA Business Barometer which is currently at its highest May level in five years.

The two largest European machinery markets, France and Germany, are experiencing contrasting fortunes to an extent. The French machinery market fell by 8% in 2016 and a further decline is expected to be reported for the first half of this year with the tractor sector in particular faring very poorly in France during the year to date and seeing a fall of nearly 26% in the first quarter. In Germany, the agricultural machinery market fell by some 5% during last year but is slowly recovering with a small increase expected overall while forage harvesters and balers are expected to show the greatest growth. Interestingly, several markets, including even the poorly performing French market, have indicated a good year for forage harvester sales.  The outlook for the UK market appears to be somewhat of a flattening in demand with the impact of a weaker sterling reflected in rising prices for machinery imported from the Euro zone.

A slight majority of European manufacturers report optimism in relation  to sales prospects over the coming six months with a belief that growth will be more driven by export than domestic demand.

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FTMTA News 11th May 2017

Recovery in Tractor Sales

The most recent new tractor registration figures issued by FTMTA indicate a slight recovery during April after a somewhat disappointing first three months of the year. April saw 203 new units registered which was an increase on the 196 units registered in the same month of last year. A total of 903 new tractors have been registered during the first four months of the year which is a drop of some 13% on 2016.  The slight recovery during April bears out anecdotal reports that the new tractor trade is to a large extent on a par with last year but with ordering and delivery running slightly later. In recent years, following the introduction of the split year for vehicle registration purposes, July has become the month of the year with the second highest level of tractor registrations and the outcome of this coming July will be watched with close interest.

Tractors

Nearly 88% of all registrations during the first four months have been of tractors with in excess of 100 hp and 55% of registrations were of units with greater than 120 hp. The five counties with the most registrations in the first four months have been Cork, Tipperary, Wexford,  Galway and Kilkenny with 125, 83, 65, 53 and 50 units respectively.  There have been 968 used imported tractors registered during the first four months which is significantly above the levels seen in 2015 and 2016 but this must be viewed in the context of the change of the fortunes of Sterling since the Brexit vote in summer 2016 and would not be anything hugely out of the ordinary.

Registrations of telehandlers have continued the strong performance seen in 2016 when 304 new such machines were registered, up from 185 in 2015. A total of 139 telehandlers were registered in the first four months of this year which is an increase of two units on the same period in 2016.  The two counties with the highest numbers of telehandlers registered during the period under review were Meath and Dublin with 25 and 21 units respectively. The concentration of one third of the units in the Dublin / Meath area and a further 18% in the counties of  Kildare and Cork highlights the impact of a resurgent construction sector in certain areas on the demand for this category of machine.

Registrations of backhoe loader were, somewhat surprisingly, down in 2016 at 40 units as against 69 units in 2015 and 51 in 2015. There has been an improvement in backhoe registrations during 2017 so far with 22 units registered during the first four months of the year which is up from 17 over the same months of last year.

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 4th May 2017

New President at AEA

FTMTA is pleased to welcome the appointment of a representative of a member firm of the Association to a key role as the new President of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) in the UK.

AEA

The AEA was established in 1875 and is the UK trade association representing manufacturers and importers of agricultural machinery and outdoor equipment (horticulture, professional and leisure grass care, and forestry). The membership of the AEA covers a broad spectrum of manufacturers of land based equipment from combine harvesters to secateurs and everything in between.

Mark Ormond, Managing Director of SAME Deutz-Fahr UK, has recently been appointed to the annual presidency of the AEA. During his speech to the recent AEA annual conference, Mark highlighted the importance of AEA to their members as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

Ormond is well known in the Irish farm machinery trade due to his active role leading the SAME Deutz-Fahr presence in this country as well as the UK and also to his previous role with a well known implement supplier. Mark was born into a farming family and has some 20 years’ experience in the agricultural machinery industry at both dealer and manufacturer level. His early career was spent in the implement sector but Mark moved to SDF as MD in 2015 with responsibility for all sales and aftersales issues for the company in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Mark is frequent visitor to Irish machinery events and was present on the SDF stand at the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show in Punchestown during February.

FTMTA wishes Mark a successful tenure at the helm of AEA during what will undoubtedly be an interesting year for the farm machinery sector on both sides of the Irish Sea. The machinery sector is very inter connected between the UK and Ireland in the context of the EU and Brexit is sure to bring some challenges to trade in both directions.

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FTMTA News 27th April 2017

FTMTA Welcomes New Members

The April meeting of the FTMTA Executive Council was pleased to admit two firms to membership of the Association.

Denis Doyle Ltd., trading as Doyle Engineering, is a machinery manufacturer based near Athy, Co. Kildare and has been in business for over 20 years. The firm manufactures post drivers and seeding equipment and has perhaps been best known until now for its Vibro vibrating post driver. Doyle Engineering can be contacted on 059 8633183 and the website can be found at www.ddoyleeng.com .

Doyle Eng.

Aidan & Phil Flynn Ltd., trading as Killucan Farm Machinery, is a retail farm machinery dealer based in Killucan, Co. Westmeath. The firm is a dealer for a number of brands of machinery including Kuhn, Hi-Spec, Watson and Guttler. Killucan Farm Machinery can be contacted on 044 9358486.

Flynns

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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.

IT Poster

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.

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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.

Agri careers

 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.

rsa

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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