"It's my first time at the show. I'm not farming myself but I have relations in farming so I keep an eye on things in the sector. I work in health myself. I'll be a window shopper today! I don't think machinery sales will grind to a halt just because prices are poor. Machinery will always be needed in good and bad times."
John Kelly, Saggart, Co Dublin
"I'm a beef farmer. We are in a difficult price situation at the minute. I lost confidence in politics a good while ago, when I was younger I used to be more interested in it. I'm on the market for a new slurry spreader today. I'll either go trailing shoe or umbilical this time. My old spreader owes me nothing, it must be 30 years old. My neighbours in Dublin will love me if I get a trailing shoe spreader because it will cut down on the smells! The best part about this show is the live demonstrations, you can't beat them. I'm going in now to have a look."
Brian Walsh, Naas, Kildare
"I'm here working, I work with Granning Axles based in Naas. We manufacture axles for a whole heap of the best known names in trailer manufacturing. The likes of Broughan Engineering and Smyth Trailers would be customers of ours. I'm here to meet a few customers at the show. Trailer sales are booming; the recent regulations are prompting many farmers and contractors to buy new trailers. There isn't much point in doing up an old trailer if it costs too much."
Jim Ward, Castlepollard (right) and Jim Tyrell, Mullingar, Westmeath
"We've been going to shows together like this one for about 50 years. Would you believe we haven't had one row in that time? We are both contractors. Between us we do lime spreading, silage harvesting, hedge cutting, even sheep shearing at one stage. We'd be regulars to Grass & Muck, this is our third time here. (Mr Tyrell) I bought a new Fusion baler this year and a new Krone mower. But that doesn't rule me out today; if the price is right I might buy again. We'll have a look around now and then go back home by Tullamore and stop off for a feed."
John Sally, Broadford, Co Kildare
"I'd be a regular here, I've been to the last three before this one as well. I'm a silage contractor but I'm a farmer as well. I run a Krone Big M self propelled mower and a Claas 890 self propelled forage harvester. I do a lot of tillage work as well. Diesel prices are lower than this time last year, it's some good news for us, but insurance costs are more than making up for it."
Mark Gorry, Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath
"I'm not a farmer myself, but you could say I'm in the extended industry. I work as an accountant with Dunbia. I won't be buying anything today. I'm really only here today because my two sons have such an interest in machinery. One of them is aged 20, the other is aged four and they both love machines."