Farm Ireland

Saturday 17 February 2018

Strong sales on stands as economy rebounds

Crowds at the final day of the Ploughing Championships
Crowds at the final day of the Ploughing Championships

Martin Grant

Traders reported strong sales at the Ploughing Championships as the rural economy improves.

Over the three-day event, thousands of farmers spent millions of euro on equipment and machinery.

Europump's Kieran Hasting, who has attended the event for the past 15 years, said the abolishing of milk quotas had been good for business. "There has been a significant increase in sales of dairy washers as farmers expand their milk parlours. We have been surprised by the number of sales we have made on the ground," he said.

Kerry-based O'Mahony Refrigeration said the grants available to farmers to expand was an incentive to invest.

And Ronan Boyle of Easyfix animal comfort products said farmers were investing despite the decrease in milk prices.

He said: "Despite the fact that milk prices are not at the level they were, farmers are still looking to expand. Business has been steady and we have made connections with a lot of farmers who will buy products in the next couple of days."

Irish Farmers' Association deputy president Tim O'Leary said: "The event is important for companies to meet and greet customers. It's also a good opportunity to meet our membership base."

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