Two €540k combines sold at the Ploughing
At €540,000, NPA director Ann Marie McHugh said the sale of a 466hp Claas Lexion 750 combine was the biggest sale ever completed at the Ploughing Championships.
However, what the NPA did not realise was that not one, but two giant machines were sold by the same dealer on the back of the event.
It brings this year's sales tally for Philip O'Hara's Leinster Farm Machinery to 19 new machines.
In addition, the east Meath-based dealer sold 44 second-hand machines, proving that there is still plenty of confidence in the tillage sector, despite disappointing yields this year.
"A lot of the new machines are being sold with tracks, especially after the year that we had," said Mr O'Hara.
"But these €500,000-plus machines with 25ft wide headers are the run-of-themill really now in relation to combines. We would've sold at least four Lexion 760 models which would be closer to the €600,000 mark," he said. Most of these machines, including the latest two, have been sold to farmers in north Dublin and Meath.
The sales cap off another good year for Mr O'Hara, who employs 20 staff at his premises outside Duleek, Co Meath.
"We sold 17 drills last year and then to sell so many combines this year has been great," he said.