Hired horsepower pulls its weight
We had to hire a tractor for the family farm last week when my cousin was taking first cut silage in the form of round bales.
It was a great crop, nice and heavy and just right for cutting, but the only issue was that the land was around 14 miles from the home farm. Whatever way we looked at it there was quite a haulage distance involved.
With the forecast good for a few days we decided to go for it and lined up plenty of horsepower (and manpower) to get the job done in one day.
After making some intial enquiries I soon realised that a few of my local dealers are actually no longer hiring tractors.
The main reason, apparently, is that a lot of the time hire tractors tend to come back 'incomplete.' It seems the appeal of a shiny new top link can be overwhelming for some.
Anyway, after that I cast the net a little wider than my home county of Waterford and rang the well-known John Deere agents, Templetouhy Farm Machinery (TFM) in Clonmel.
David Murray of TFM organised a 140hp John Deere for me for a few days and it did the trick for us over the weekend. Mr Murray said the TFM hire business is thriving at the moment, with this obviously being one of the busiest times of the year for farmers and contractors seeking an extra tractor for silage or slurry work.
The experience got me thinking that renting a tractor is your only man when you need it for short spikes in demand.