'We've sold 100 since January' - Sales of swivel spouts for slurry spreading taking off
"We've sold 100 since January," Dermot Tobin tells me on the phone.
He is the man behind the Moscha swivel spout in Ireland and is also a farmer from Carrick on Suir who specialises in fattening bulls. I asked him to tell me how he came to be the sole agent for the Moscha spout in Ireland and the UK.
"I was over at the Agritechnica show in Germany a few years ago and stumbled across the Moscha stand. I was interested in it straight away and thought it would work well in Ireland.
"There were two German lads on the stand; they didn't have a word of English and my German wouldn't set the world alight. But I was intrigued with the design; I went away and thought about it and the next day I bought one."
After a few months spreading slurry on the home farm with the Moscha Dermot became convinced it was a device Irish farmers could use in numbers.
The basic idea is that the swivel spout applicator slows down the speed at which slurry leaves the tanker, but also increases the slurry droplet size.
The swivel spreader works on a pendulum movement initiated by the slurry guide plates, and gives a working width of 12-18m depending on the vacuum tanker's pump size. The attachment can also be fitted as the spreader unit for an umbilical system.
After trialing one at home, Dermot went back to Moscha and agreed a deal to become the sole distributor for Ireland and the UK. He has not appointed dealers appointed to date and has no plans to do so.