FTMTA News December 15th 2012

GPS Afternoon at Kellys of Borris

Kellys of Borris are hosting a GPS steering information afternoon at their premises on Friday, December 14th, from 2pm to 6pm. The full range of Leica GPS systems will be displayed on the day, with accuracy from 20cm to 2cm. Such systems improve productivity and reduce diesel consumption, inputs consumption and driver fatigue.

All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Tractor Registrations

The figures for registrations of new tractors in Ireland during November, as reported by the FTMTA Statistics Service, show a sustained improvement in tractor sales. 35 new tractors were registered during the month which brings to 1,883 the number of new tractors registered during the first eleven months of 2012. This is a 23% increase on the level of registrations during the same period in 2011.

The most popular power band during the year has been the 101 hp to 120 hp category which has accounted for one third of all tractors registered.

Cork, Wexford and Galway continue to be the counties with the highest levels of registrations during the year to date with 211, 137 and 112 units respectively

Registrations of telescopic loaders have also recovered somewhat during 2011 with 118 units registered so far as against 87 during all of 2011.

FTMTA Credit Policy Training

A detailed policy document in relation to the FTMTA ProDealer Credit Policy has been prepared which contains step by step guidelines as well as templates for the various documentation required to implement the policy fully and successfully in a farm machinery business.

FTMTA member firms should contact the FTMTA office to receive their copy of the full FTMTA ProDealer Credit Policy which will be issued by post.

The first training course in relation to the implementation of the FTMTA ProDealer Credit Policy was fully booked and further training will be offered to FTMTA member firms during 2013.

FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2013

Preparations are well underway for what is sure to be the farm machinery highlight of 2013, the biennial FTMTA Farm Machinery Show at Punchestown. The Show will continue its well established three day format and will run from Thursday, February 7th, to Saturday, February 9th. The Show opens to the public at 10am each day with closing at 6pm on the Thursday and Friday and 5pm on the Saturday. The organisers have repeated the 2011 inclusion of a Saturday in the show with the intention of making Ireland’s premier farm machinery event accessible to part time farmers and others who may find it difficult to attend on a week day.

The Show has attracted a capacity level of exhibitors and in fact the exhibition space has been increased somewhat to cater for the unprecedented demand for stand space. Over 120 participating firms will exhibit across over 150 stands.

The site at Punchestown near Naas is well proven at this stage as a tremendous venue for this event and this will be the sixth FTMTA Farm Machinery Show to take place there. Punchestown is easily accessible from all over the country and has the excellent parking facilities and top class on site facilities that are a prerequisite for such an event.

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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