Farm Ireland

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Farmers and contractors on hunt for machinery won't be disappointed at Ploughing 2013 as big brands prepare to exhibit their latest hardware

Heavy metal fever set to strike Laois

Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Farmers and contractors on the hunt for machinery at the 2013 National Ploughing Championships will not be disappointed.

This year, David Carter and his family are the main landowners but as usual many neighbouring farmers are providing ploughing and parking ground to meet the requirement for 700ac for this giant event.

The central Laois location just off the N80 and M7 is expected to draw an even bigger attendance than 2012's figure of 187,000.

All eyes will be on the traffic plan to see if the chaos of New Ross last year, particularly on day one, can be avoided.

The economic impact of the 2013 National Ploughing Championships is expected to be close to €40m, with machinery purchases (both at the event and through follow-up sales) playing a big part in that figure. Tractors, as always, are a huge attraction for farmers.

Some of the brands to choose from next week will include New Holland, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Landini, McCormick, Case IH, Deutz-Fahr, JCB, Shire, Claas, Manitou, Zetor, Tumosan and Kubota.

Over the three days of the event many exhibitors will take the opportunity to launch new equipment.

The event attracts much attention from the visiting public so it's a good idea to plan your time at Ploughing and make a note of the stand locations you want to see.

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Many large exhibitors will host seminars and information sessions regarding the models on display.

These seminars give machinery enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to ask questions and seek information first-hand from industry experts.

In addition to the various seminars and events, all machinery exhibitors will have specialised and trained personnel at their stands to answers questions.

Those considering making a machinery purchase over the autumn and into the new year should avail of the expertise that will be on hand.

Irish Independent

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