Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

Machinery's finest make their marks

Brands of all sizes were given their first airings in Athy as Irish engineering talents win the day

Bruce Lett

The Ploughing Championships did not disappoint this year -- from a machinery perspective at least. While some of the big names in the industry did not attend in person, dealers such as Kelly's of Borris, Breen Farm Machinery and Templetuohy Farm Machinery ensured their profiles were present and accounted for at the event.

New Holland, CaseIH and Massey Ferguson were among the big names who worked through local dealers, with CaseIH being the only firm to bring a combine to the show. Without a doubt, Lely won the prize for most new products launched at a single event.

I was asked on several occasions what machine I thought was the best at the event and I'd have to say Maurice Moffett's willow harvesting header on Farrelly Brothers' stand had to take the paudits. It was a prime example of can-do engineering.

What really stood out overall was the engineering ingenuity that is to be found from all over Ireland, North and South.

In this round-up we have products from big players such as McHale, HiSpec, JFC and Tanco, to smaller operators such as Kerry Mechanical Engineering, Premech in Donegal -- and many more besides.

And there will be much more from the machinery displays on these pages next week.

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