It's showtime - FTMTA Grass & Muck 2016
The focus at Grass & Muck 2016 will be on practical demos of the latest grassland technology
Published 11/05/2016 | 02:30
Thousands of farmers will be making tracks to Tipperary this week for the agri-machinery highlight of the year - FTMTA Grass & Muck 2016.
The event is a lot more than just an exhibition of shiny machinery and all that's new in grassland technology. The extensive demonstrations of machinery on the 80 acre site are also a big attraction and there will be 25 firms working their machines this year.
This approach reflects the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) ethos of organising events with the specific needs of farmers and contractors in mind.
Grass & Muck was first held in 2010 and is now a regular biennial event run by FTMTA on alternate years to its Farm Machinery Show at Punchestown.
FTMTA boss Gary Ryan says the event has gathered momentum quickly since the inaugural show six years ago.
"This year's show will be the fourth such event run by the Association at the Gurteen College site since the first FTMTA Grass in May 2010, and it has proven very popular with the trade's farming and contracting customers as well as with exhibitors,"he said.
"FTMTA Grass & Muck has developed on each occasion that it is held, and is now seen as a flagship event for the Irish farm machinery industry."
Grassland management is the largest user by far of agricultural mechanisation in this country with silage making and slurry spreading being the two most heavily mechanised activities.
FTMTA Grass & Muck provides the farm machinery buyer with a unique opportunity to view the very latest developments in the various grass machinery technologies in a working setting.
It also allows visitors to talk to industry experts from the various exhibitors and ask any questions that they may have.
There will be 25 firms demonstrating silage making equipment at Grass & Muck 2016