FTMTA News February 23rd

LEMKEN Award at Kildaton College

The well known machinery manufacturer LEMKEN together with, fellow FTMTA member firm, Templetuohy Farm Machinery Ltd. have launched an awards programme at Kildalton College for the second year students on the Machinery & Crop Management course.

Mr. Diarmuid Claridge, Regional Sales Manager for LEMKEN said “At LEMKEN, we believe proper ploughing is essential in maintaining good soil structure and in the fight against weed control. Proper plough settings are invaluable in achieving this and this is why we have launched the ‘LEMKEN Plough Operator of the Year’ award programme at Kildalton College.

LEMKEN has sponsored the programme by placing a new 4 furrow EurOpal 7X plough at the college for the students to train on and to see the benefits of using a LEMKEN plough and its true line systems. Throughout the course of the spring season, the students will be trained on the correct procedure for setting a plough up, to maximise productivity, efficiency and profitability, from tractor settings to final plough settings. Each student will spend some time ploughing a number of acres with the LEMKEN plough as part of their course. Over the next two to three months LEMKEN representatives will be spending a couple of days with the students to train them on plough maintenance, techniques and proper infield set up.”

A competition will take place towards the end of March where each student will be assessed on their knowledge of ploughing, in field settings, maintenance and general plough operation. The winner will receive a Waterford Crystal trophy and a trip to the LEMKEN factory in Germany’

January Tractor Registrations

The most recent figures from the FTMTA Statistics Service show that 420 new tractors were registered during the month of January which was an increase of 5 units on the same time in 2012. The counties with the highest levels of registrations were Cork, Wexford and Tipperary South with 55, 32 and 26 new tractors registered respectively.

The latest registration figures from the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) in the UK show a similar situation with a nearly unchanged number of registrations in January as against 2012 – 738 units were registered in January 2013 and 739 units in 2012.

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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