Farmers ready to plough cash into new machinery
The dust has settled after the Ploughing where attendance figures were as impressive as usual, and traffic seemed to flow smoothly. Most exhibitors in the machinery section will have left Ratheniska fired up for the year ahead.
Despite the downturn in milk prices, farmers and contractors appear to be once again showing strong interest in machines of all shapes and sizes, with many at least flirting with the idea of making a purchase before the year is out. This is good news, and all the more so because high attendance figures at a show don't necessarily equate to interest in buying kit.
During the Ploughing many of the machinery exhibitors I spoke to had either sold machines or taken leads which will be developed into the winter.
Anecdotal evidence suggests grass machinery sales have been very good all summer. It was great to see McHales out in force again after the factory fire misfortune that befell them earlier this year. You can't keep a good company down, and that their venture into silage mower production will be welcomed by contractors worldwide.
There were a lot of new tractors on show for the first time, with manufacturers revealing their impressive efforts at meeting strict new emissions legislation. Case IH, Massey Ferguson, Claas, Valtra and Kubota each had new tractor launches.
As the harvest draws to a close for another year, there were a few new combines dotted around the stands as well. In this report we look at some of the main highlights from the three day event, and it's fair to say there was a great range of kit on display.
Distributed by McHale Plant Sales, the latest incarnation of the Zetor Crystal will be available in 144hp and 163hp versions. Powered by a Deutz engine, the transmission is a 30 speed forward and reverse synchro gearbox. Other impressive features include front axle suspension, three spool valves and optional front linkage with PTO.