Farm Ireland

Friday 23 March 2018

Making the CUT At muck

Bruce Lett

Latest silage and slurry kit set to pull in the crowds at the FTMTA's event in Gurteen

This Thursday, May 17, Gurteen Agriculture College near Birr, Co Offaly, will host the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) Grass and Muck event.

This is a working demonstration of silage-making, reseeding, slurry and farmyard manure-spreading technology, allowing manufacturers to demonstrate their products to farmers and contractors in a real working environment.

In addition to the working demonstrations, there will be static displays and visitors will get the chance to see the latest offerings from some of the tractor manufacturers.

In May 2010, the FTMTA ran its first Grass and Muck event, also at Gurteen. The weather was perfect.

It was the ideal time of year for farmers and contractors just after spring work and before the silage season kicked off.

This was extremely successful for a first event and according to the FTMTA attracted nearly 10,000 visitors.

This year, the FTMTA says that there will be well over 80 exhibitors at Gurteen.

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Approximately 30 of these firms will be active in one or other of the demonstration areas also.


Demonstrations of various types and brands of silage-making equipment will be conducted by 19 firms on 65ac of grass with a number of loader brands demonstrating at the silage pit.

There will be 10 exhibitors demonstrating a variety of slurry and dung-spreading equipment on maize stubble and grass ground, with another five firms demonstrating reseeding equipment on a plot of tilled ground.

A no-parking zone will be in effect in the vicinity of Gurteen College.

This will be strictly enforced by the gardai with a tow-away policy in operation.

The admission price consists of a €20 fee per car for parking.

This is irrespective of the number of occupants encouraging visitors to bring 'a load', lessening the environmental impact and keeping traffic congestion down.

With many working demonstrations going on at the event, safety is very important and the FTMTA urges visitors to comply with the instructions of safety officers and stewards at Gurteen. The gates open at 10am and close at 5pm, allowing plenty of time to see a wide range of what's on offer.

Hopefully, the weather will be agreeable on the day, and regardless of whether you're in the market for a haybob, mower, baler, wrapper, side-spreader or some- thing a little bigger or more sophisticated, a trip up to Gurteen on May 17 should be worth it.

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