A swather, a splasher and 100 years of Deere
In this week’s machinery section we look at a Shelbourne Reynolds swather which is being used to great effect and look at irrigating potatoes in Waterford.

The swathing of oilseed rape is not a common sight in Ireland. So when a swather was spotted working in Kildare we had to have a look.

On a vegetable farm in Waterford, one farmer is using aningenious slurry spreader to irrigate his crop without the expense of a major irrigation system.

We found that the Twin Moscha was throwing the water 24m and looked like it was going to be the saviour of this farmer’s crops during this unprecedented dry spell.

Peter Gaffney was the lucky winner of a competition to attend John Deere’s 100 years of tractor production in Europe. He has written an account of the trip and tells us of the highlights and the people and machines he encountered.

With the weather as it is, there is a serious need to be extra careful. There are numerous stories of machines having near misses where the slightest spark or heat has occurred. In order to reduce the risks of this, machine maintenance and the clearance of dust and chaff should be undertaken every day at least.

If there is not a fire extinguisher already on the machine or tractor which you are driving then getting one that can be at hand is advised in these conditions or at least know where a good water supply or extinguisher is located close to where you are working.

Most importantly, be extra vigilant and safe when working in this weather.

In pictures: tractors in festive parade of lights raise €8,500
The fundraising work started by the late Charlie McCann for sick children lived on during a tractor run at the weekend, writes Diarmuid O'Reilly.

The Active Agri Association held a memorial parade of lights on Saturday in Killinkere, Co Cavan, in honour of one of its founding members, Charlie McCann.

The spectacular tractor run was in aid of the children’s ward at Cavan General Hospital.

Over 100 tractors registered for the run, all decorated with fairy lights, Christmas trees and tinsel.

The Active Agri Association's parade of lights tractor run in Killinkere, Co Cavan.

Charlie McCann was one of the group's founding members but sadly passed away earlier this year.

He held a very big role in many of the events the Active Agri Association organised in the past, such as last year's 32-County Bale Challenge.

The Active Agri Association's parade of lights tractor run in Killinkere, Co Cavan.

The tractor run kicked off at 12pm for registration until 4pm, with live music from local bands.

The parade of tractors then started its two-hour long journey at 4.30pm, making its way through the local towns, meeting Santa Claus along the way.

The Active Agri Association's parade of lights tractor run in Killinkere, Co Cavan.

An estimated €8,500 has been raised from the charity event and will be given to the children’s ward at Cavan General Hospital in the coming months.

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Pottinger appoints Atkins to take charge in the Midlands
Pottinger Ireland has recently appointed Atkins Farm Machinery Birr as its new dealer for the region.

Pöttinger Ireland, the Clonmel based, wholly owned subsidiary of Pöttinger Landtechnick, Austria, has appointed Atkins Farm Machinery Birr as its new dealer for the midlands.

Atkins Farm Machinery Birr takes over the dealership from Portumna Agri, run by the Shaw family, which also owns New Holland dealership WR Shaw of Tullamore.

Atkins Farm Machinery has operated from Cork since 1878 and the company was incorporated in 1903.


The appointment of Atkins Farm Machinery Birr sees all of the Atkins Farm Machinery depots offering the full Pöttinger grassland and tillage range of equipment.

“Atkins Farm Machinery are recognised for offering a personal service to their customers and this new appointment is key to supporting our existing and growing customer base in the midlands of Ireland,” said Diarmuid Claridge, managing director of Pöttinger Ireland.

Mark Wolfe, managing director of Atkins, said: “Our Birr branch, which doubles up as a retail business for Fendt and a distribution hub for Bredal and Bogballe fertiliser spreaders, opened a year ago.

“So much has been achieved in one year by a skilled and motivated group.

“The addition of the Pöttinger portfolio completes our offering by adding a tillage product line and industry leading grassland products,” he said. Atkins Farm Machinery Birr is managed by Trevor Richardson.

Bauer to introduce noise-insulated irrigation pump sets
Bauer have recently introduced a new range of irrigation pump sets for applications where an exposed diesel engine running for hours on end is likely to cause disturbance.

The mobile pump sets offer a choice of FPT engines, starting with a 4.5 litre four-cylinder engine outputting 100hp (74kW) to a 6.7-litre six-cylinder with 125hp (93kW). Fuel tanks sizes of 650, 1,000 and 1,500 litre capacity, all built around the renowned Bauer pumps. The pumps feature an electronic control panel that can be linked to the SmartRain remote control system, via Bauer’s smartphone app.

The new design has a fully soundproofed enclosure around the engine, pump and controller, which are all accessible via lockable doors. Suction and pressurised outfeed hose couplings, exhaust and emergency stop button are located on the outside of the canopy.

The optional CIM136 controller adds automatic engine speed control to maintain water pressure and an integrated modem for remote start/stop via a mobile phone.