Zero grazers dominate highlights at Millstreet's spring machinery show
Farmers and contractors travelled to the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Co Cork, recently for the two-day spring machinery show.
While this is a show that tends to attract more of a local dealership presence than a manufacturer gathering, visitor numbers were still good enough to leave any exhibitors I met feeling positive about farmer buyer sentiment in 2013.
Punters complained that the €15 entrance fee was a bit steep, and their concerns were understandable given that the amount of genuinely new launches on display was limited.
Nonetheless, there were interesting highlights, some of which we feature here. Walking around the show, I must have counted about five different machines for zero grazing.
It is clear that this is one trend that more and more Irish farmers are buying into in order to avoid poaching of soft ground by cattle.
One stand that caught the eye was by scrap metal specialists STR, based in Mitchelstown.
The firm goes out in a lorry with a grab to farms all over Munster and pays farmers anything from €140-€180 per tonne of scrap metal collected, depending on the quality.