Irish brands making huge strides at the ploughing
Domestic manufacturers to feature strongly at the event following a good year for the industry
After what was hopefully a good year for most farmers and contractors, this year's National Ploughing Championships promise to be a positive event.
In general, farming was on the up this year with good crop yields and prices all round. Tractor sales are up 15pc as well, as reported last week.
The Farming Independent is also doing its bit to generate a bit of momentum and positivity, giving readers the chance to win a new tractor.
In addtion, access to finance has certainly freed up, with Dutch-owned Rabobank (ACC) behind much of it.
The latest tag-team to enter the finance arena are John Deere and Bank of Ireland (Finance), with Deere stating that it has entered into a co-operation agreement with the Bank of Ireland to support retail financing solutions for its agricultural and turf equipment.
However, all financing appears to be low key, with some manufacturers not even advertising the fact that they offer finance.
The new agri-diesel, or marked gas oil to give the correct title, has certainly caused its fair share of problems, particularly among the contracting fraternity.
Causing this level of difficulty and hardship is just not acceptable and if it continues or worsens, farmers and contractors should be allowed to revert to the old fuel type until a proper and more acceptable solution is found.