'Future looking bright for combine sales this year'
Last year we spoke to independent combine specialist Frank Jenkinson, from Bagnalestown, Co Carlow, and combine breaker Bernard Byrne, Ballytarsna, Co Wexford, to get an impression of what was happening in their areas of the combine harvester industry.
It turned out that both of them were supplying a wide range of new or aftermarket parts to farmers from all over the country.
This year we caught up with them again to see what was happening in the combine parts trade.
"It's looking promising for the coming year," Frank says. "Cereal prices are going up the whole time. In general, though, farmers are still catching up for three years ago.
"We had a good year on parts sales last year.
"Farmers are more aware nowadays of their combines and what wears or has the potential to give trouble or under perform."
Frank stocks a lot of parts for brands and models that are popular here in Ireland.
"We sold a lot of combine drum parts, concaves, rasp-bars. Also, elevator chains and even sprockets," he says.