Some big names pitch in with new loaders at show
Machines put through their paces in front of large crowd at Grass and Muck show
This week we bring you the second of our reports from FTMTA Grass and Muck 2014, which recently took place in Gurteen Agricultural College in Co Tipperary.
Many of the headlines went to the big ticket items being demonstrated on the grass plots, such as the silage mowers and harvesters.
However, over in the farmyard at Gurteen College there was a huge crowd of spectators watching on at the silage clamp as several loaders were put through their paces.
There were new loaders being worked by all the big names such as Claas, JCB, Caterpillar and Komatsu, most of which are covered here.. Northern Ireland-based NC Engineering also showed off their new telehandler, and it was great to see an Irish marque line-up with all the international big hitters.
The show wasn't all about grass, though. Over in the muck section there was a range of giant spreaders working for punters to assess in terms of capacity, output and spreading performance.
There were machines on offer from brands like Cross, Hi-Spec, NC, Bergmann and Teagle. Again, the strong Irish representation showed that the machinery manufacturing industry in Ireland is in very good fettle right now.
Stand holders I spoke to expressed satisfaction at the quality of inquiries being made by farmers and contractors. Traffic was well managed on the day as well, which made things a lot more enjoyable.