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Friday 23 February 2018

Farming Machinery: New kits prove top of the crops

Interest in mowers, balers and tedders high as thousands descend on Tipperary for the annual Grass and Muck Show

Interest: The demonstrations are an integral part of the Grass and Muck event and there was pklenty of interest in this John Deere Front and Rear mounted mower conditioner, which is controlled by GMS and has a cut 6.5m roger jones
Interest: The demonstrations are an integral part of the Grass and Muck event and there was pklenty of interest in this John Deere Front and Rear mounted mower conditioner, which is controlled by GMS and has a cut 6.5m roger jones
FAST: The Krone Comprima Xtreme baler features a faster pick up plus faster rotor and elevator speeds. It is designed for high end contractors doing a large amount of baling. These balers can make bales from 4ft to 5ft in diameter and are fitted with hydraulic brakes for hilly ground
Popular: Trailed forage harvesters have a good following in this country as evidenced by the interest in this demonstration by Frank Ward and Co at the JF silage machinery plot. The manufacturer maintains the new FCT 1460 trailed harvester can rival the output of a self propelled harvester. It retails at €89,000 including VAT
Floating: John Deere’s 830 centre pivot mower conditioner is available in working widths of 3m or 3.5m. It has a new floating suspension system and better ground clearance, is fitted with six discs and 58 preloaded tines. It retails at €32,500 plus VAT
BESTSELLER: Fransgard equipment is distributed in Ireland by Phil Traynor, who is also a distributor for the Guttler Greenmaster range of grass seeders. This tidy specimen, the Fransgard RV 390 haybob, has long been a bestseller with farmers and retails at €5,300 including VAT
Unveiled: McHale launched a lot of different equipment but the main focus was on the new Fusion 3 Plus combination baler wrapper with integrated film application replacing the net. The Mayo firm also launched their new Fusion Vario baler wrapper which is expected to do well on the continent in dry crops such as hay and straw
ATTRACTION: Tractamotors of Cavan took to the demonstration plots with their Marangon 320 RCF trailed mower. Priced at €19,500 including VAT, this mower has a cutting width of 3.2m and was attracting plenty of contractor attention with its keen price and 12 month service and parts warranty
REPLACEMENT: Lely Ireland demonstrated their huge new Tigo PR 50 silage loading wagon. This model replaces the R Profi model and has a capacity of 30 cubic metres. It has a moveable bulkhead and is well shod on flotation tyres which makes it a realistic choice for contractors and bigger farmers
Bargain: Kverneland-Taarup are reporting very strong sales of mounted mowers, with more and more contractors opting for a front and rear mount combination over a trailed mower set up. There are also cost advantages – the firm’s new 3232MN mower (pictured) with 3.2m cutting width retails at €15,500 plus VAT
IN OPERATION: Visitors got to see Kuhn’s new centre pivot trailed mower, the FC 3160 working for the first time on the Cork Farm Machinery demonstration plot. This mower has a working width of 3.1m and features torsion bar suspension, a sealed gearbox and Kuhn quick release knife system. It's priced from €30,000 plus VAT
STANDARD: The Vredo range of seeders are distributed in Ireland by JC Machinery, who took this agricultural spec machine to Gurteen. The Agri series has a standard inter-row distance of 7.5 cm and has a working width of 2.9m. It is particularly suitable for over sowing and can be used for a range of seeds. It's priced at €30,000 plus VAT
SHARED TOOLS: Carlow firm Tanco report an interesting trend whereby farmers are starting to buy their own bale wrappers. In many cases two neighbouring farmers are opting to buy a baler and wrapper between them. This farmer spec e100 bale wrapper from Tanco retails at €12,000 plus VAT
IMPRESSIVE: Cross Agricultural Engineering has now become an agent for the Spaldings Flatlift range of subsoilers. Not surprisingly, these impressive looking machines require power out front (around 150hp minimum) but Cross claims they do a job for land that is suffering from compaction trouble. Retails at €22,000 plus VAT
Short break: Taking a breather at FTMTA Grass and Muck were Kiera and Martin Doheny from Roscrea, Co Tipperary, with (right) Patrick ‘Paddy the Frenchman’ Denechau, from Saint Emillion, France, who works with Tanco
Harvester: Claas took the opportunity to let punters see how the firm’s new Jaguar 860 self propelled forage harvester managed in damp Irish conditions. Powered by a Tier4i compliant 510hp Mercedes engine, fuel savings of eight to 10 litres per hour are reported compared to earlier Tier 3 machines
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Thousands of farmers and contractors travelled to Gurteen Agricultural College in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary for last week's FTMTA Grass and Muck 2014 show.

The weather held up and while crowds appeared to be a little down compared to previous shows, the stand holders I spoke to were satisfied with the level of enquiries from farmers and contractors.

The general consensus is that it has been a good year for sales of silage machinery, from mowers to balers and tedders to wrappers. Top-of-the-range kit has been selling particularly well; in last week's Farming Independent we reported how sales of self-propelled forage harvesters have doubled this year compared to 2013.

There was a huge range of equipment being demonstrated at Gurteen last week.

I walked the show in its entirety and I needed the full day to have a good look at everything.

This week's article focuses on the new silage kit demonstrated at Grass and Muck 2014. Next week, we will look at the muck spreaders and loaders.

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