FTMTA News 22nd May 2014

FTMTA Grass & Muck 2014 A Huge Success

The long awaited FTMTA Grass & Muck event held at Gurteen College on May 14th was a tremendous success with approximately 9,500 visitors. The considerable efforts of the exhibitors with regard to presentation and display resulted in a fantastic visual spectacle on the day with an impressive array of machinery on site. Those present viewed ongoing demonstrations throughout the day in the grass, reseeding, silage pit, slurry spreading and farm yard manure spreading areas as well as visiting the numerous trade stands.

FTMTA wishes to thank all those who contributed in various ways to the preparation of the site for FTMTA Grass & Muck 2014 in the days and indeed months leading up to the event.

The cutting out of the roadways and paths around the working plots was carried out by JP Betts of CLAAS using a CLAAS tractor with front and rear mounted mowers guided by a CLAAS GPS system.  The task of clearing the site of the mown grass fell, for the second year, to Henry and Ross Whiteford of HLR Machinery operating a Bergman forage wagon for which the firm is the Irish distributor. Ground conditions were poor at the time and the unscathed nature of the working area afterwards is a testament both to the machine and the drivers.

The great work done by, farm manager, Wray Platt and the team at Gurteen on the preparation of the site over a number of months since late last year was evidenced by the heavy crop of grass present.

It is always the intention of FTMTA to leave a venue in good order and in this case we have been greatly assisted by the sponsorship provided by Finol Oils Ltd towards the waste bins on site. Finol Oils are the distributors of a range of agricultural tractor and transmission oils under the Total and Elf brands.

FTMTA wish all farmers and contractors a safe and successful silage season.

 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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