Michael Moroney is taking up a new role as Chief Executive of the contractor representative group, Farm Contractors Ireland.
Mr Moroney has had a long career in the agri-journalism and machinery sectors, including roles as the Farmers Journal machinery editor and, latterly, its vintage and motoring editor.
He has also held the position of Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) Chief Executive.
Speaking at the recent FCI conference in Portloaise, Mr Moroney outlined some of the challenges and opportunities he sees for contractors. “We need to look at how Irish operators can improve their businesses by taking examples from Holland and Denmark,” he said.
“Monitoring costs is something that contractors need to improve at, especially diesel costs and the whole area of how contractors price their work – per hour compared to per acre. Insurance is another big issue with premiums rising rapidly.”
Mr Moroney told delegates that contractor tendering processes will become more common as dairy herds increase in size.
“Going into a tendering process is something new. It is something that hasn’t been there before and contractors need to be ready for it,” he said.
Bent Juul Jorgensen, the boss of the Danish Contractors Association, was another speaker at the FCI conference. Mr Jorgensen warned that Irish contractors need to become more proactive on collecting payment for works completed.
“Contractors need to start charging interest. The problem is Irish contractors like to drive tractors, but don’t like sending invoices.
“In Denmark contractors send out invoices eight to 14 days after the work is completed. After such time interest starts to incur,” he said