Farm Machinery Mecca - tractor lovers to descend on Punchestown this week
With a record number of exhibitors and a new farming innovation arena, this year's FTMTA event at Punchestown looks set to be the best yet
The final touches are being put in place for the farm machinery highlight of 2017 - the biennial FTMTA Farm Machinery Show at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co Kildare
The event kicks off on Thursday and continues until Saturday. Doors open each day at 10am and close at 6pm on Thursday and Friday, and 5pm on Saturday, which has become a popular day with part-time farmers and others who may find it difficult to attend on a weekday.
FTMTA boss Gary Ryan says this year's show has attracted a capacity level of exhibitors, the exhibition space has been increased in order to cater for demand and some new elements have been added to the event.
A growing area at the show is the motor arena, where the focus is on the light commercial and commercial 4x4 categories for which the farming user is a significant market. Mitsubishi, Fiat, Toyota dealer, Crossings Motors Centre, and Volkswagen dealer, Sheehy Motor Group, are among the motoring exhibitors this year.
Enterprise Ireland is bringing a delegation of overseas machinery buyers and distributors to the event. Building on the strengths developed in the home market, the Irish farm machinery manufacturing sector is also bringing innovative and high-quality farm machinery solutions to customers worldwide.
A dedicated 'Farming of Tomorrow' section will highlight developments in precision agriculture/smart farming and exhibitors here include Dairymaster and Sixty-5 Technologies. On Friday, there will be a presentation and demonstration on drone technology by Ian Kiely of Drone Consultants Ireland.
Tickets for the FTMTA show can be bought on the day or online from www.ftmta.ie. Online tickets are available for €15 as against €20 for admission on show days.