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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Machinery: 'Grass and Muck' a cut above the ordinary

110 trade exhibitors to set up shop at Gurteen event

Cutting Edge: Tomorrow’s Farm Tractors and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) Grass and Muck event will attract more than 8,000 farmers and contractors to Gurteen Agricultural College in Co Tipperary
Cutting Edge: Tomorrow’s Farm Tractors and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) Grass and Muck event will attract more than 8,000 farmers and contractors to Gurteen Agricultural College in Co Tipperary
ON DISPLAY: Silage making demonstrations will be conducted by 27 firms on 75 acres of grass while a number of loader brands will be demonstrating at the silage pit
Crowd pleaser: The Grass and Muck Show at Gurteen College has doubled in size since the inaugural event in 2010
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Preparations are now complete for the FTMTA Grass and Muck 2014 show. The tractor and farm machinery event, which takes place tomorrow at Gurteen Agricultural College, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co Tipperary is set to attract record crowds of contractors and farmers.

The exhibition field will open to the public at 9am which is slightly earlier than in the past and the event will conclude at 5pm.

Grass conditions at the site, in common with much of the country, are good with strong growth in recent weeks. FTMTA Grass and Muck 2014 is the major farm machinery event in Ireland this year and is organised by the trade association of the farm machinery industry.

The Grass and Muck event was launched in 2010 as a response to a demand from the organisation's manufacturer and distributor members for a grass machinery demonstration event. It was staged again in 2012 and is now established on the calendar as the big event on alternate years to the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show.

Exhibitors

There are 110 exhibitors this year - almost double the number who exhibited in 2010.

Visitor numbers grew from 7,500 in 2010 to 8,800 in 2012 and the indications are for another strong attendance in 2014.

The show promises to be another high calibre and professionally organised event from the FTMTA. Despite a considerable increase in the available space since 2012, all the exhibition space has been sold out for some time prior to this week's event.

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Exhibitors will have stands either on grass demonstration plots or in the dedicated trade stand area which is at the centre of the grass demonstration plots.

Approximately 40 of these firms will also be active in one or other of the demonstration areas.

Demonstrations of various types and brands of silage making equipment will be conducted by 27 firms on 75 acres of grass with a number of loader brands demonstrating at the silage pit.

A number of exhibitors will also demonstrate a variety of slurry and dung spreading equipment on maize stubble and grass ground. Other firms will be demonstrating reseeding equipment on a plot of tilled ground.

The trade area has grown considerably for this event with over 80 stands exclusively focused on agriculture.

Exhibitors will showcase a wide range of products from many brands of tractors, farm machinery and accessories to animal care products, seeds and agro chemicals.

But while the exhibitors are an integral part of the event, Grass and Muck is primarily about the demonstration of working machinery.

The demonstration plots will give farmers and contractors the best opportunity to assess the machines in action.

This is a unique opportunity to see a wide range of the latest technologies in silage and grass management machinery in operation in Ireland.

For this reason, there is plenty of business expected to be done at the show with farmers and contractors looking at changing equipment before the silage season gets into full swing in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the event can either be bought on the day or online from the FTMTA website at www.ftmta.ie which will take you to the secure ticket sales site.

People buying tickets in this way will receive an e-ticket by email. Currently online tickets are available at a cost of €10 as against a charge of €15 on the day.

A combined ticket offering admission and a breakfast roll with tea or coffee can be purchased online for €13.

The Gurteen College site is centrally located and is accessed from the N52 between Birr and Nenagh. Ample free parking will be provided adjacent to the site.

Local gardai have advised that a no parking zone on access roads will be strictly enforced with a tow away policy on the day. National access to the site will primarily be from the Nenagh and Birr directions and a one-way system will be in force on the access road to the college.

The ease of access to and outflow from the car parks was an aspect that was widely commented on after the 2010 and 2012 events and the organisers will have the same arrangements in place for this year's event.

A variety of quality catering options will be provided on site and this was another area that received favourable reviews after the 2012 event.

On the site itself, safety is the watchword.

Visitors are asked to be mindful that FTMTA Grass & Muck 2014 is a working machinery demonstration and to comply with the instructions of safety officers and stewards.

Contact FTMTA on 045 409309 or at show@ftmta.ie for further information on the event.

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