Keep up to date with all developments in the agricultural machinery contracting sector.

Forty years on: how round bale silage began in Ireland
Shane Dobson
The 40th anniversary of round baling was celebrated in Co Longford, with a vintage baling demo day. Shane Dobson reports from the event
Samasz butterflies tried and tested after 20,000 acres
24 May 2023 Contracting
Samasz butterflies tried and tested after 20,000 acres
Gary Abbott caught up with Padraig Smith, now on his third set of Samasz butterfly mowers to find out how the brand has performed having cut over 20,000 acres.
Bale chasers: what are the options out there?
19 April 2023 Contracting
Bale chasers: what are the options out there?
With bale chasing being a service continuing to grow in popularity in many parts of the country, Gary Abbott looks at some of the round bale chasers currently available on the Irish market.
Is your baler in check and up to spec?
In order to minimise downtime this silage season, Gary Abbott looks at some of the key points and areas to consider from a maintenance perspective when it comes to combination balers.
19 April 2023 Contracting
Saving time with Tanco’s S200V mounted wrapper
Gary Abbott spoke with Shane Byrne, a Waterford-based contractor, who has upgraded to Tanco’s S200V mounted bale wrapper in 2020 to speed up his static wrapping and stacking process.
19 April 2023 Contracting
Running five forage wagons in the southeast
Wicklow contractor Marcus Fenton runs five Strautmann forage wagons, one of which was upgraded last year to the most recent Magnon CFS 430 model. Gary Abbott finds out how it performed after 700ac.
5 April 2023 Contracting
Apps for contractors to help eliminate paperwork
Gary Abbott and Peter Thomas Keaveney look at three examples of smartphone apps and accounting solutions to help make contractors' lives easier when it comes to recording job information and invoicing
22 March 2023 Contracting
Contractor profile: Butler Agri – taking a modern approach
Gary Abbott caught up with Alex Butler, to get an insight into the family-run tillage farm and contracting business based near Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
22 March 2023 Contracting
Placing lime to the point with Spreadpoint
Spreading in excess of 23,000t of lime annually, Joseph Walls Ltd purchased two Spreadpoint SP-600 spreaders fitted with 12m auger systems last year, Gary Abbott travelled to Co Down to find out more.
8 March 2023 Contracting
Wexford contractor finds a niche in slurry
Gary Abbott caught up with Wexford-based Rothwell Contracting, one of Ireland’s few agricultural contractors specialising in slurry operations.
11 January 2023 Contracting
Forestry-spec Valtras fit the bill for Cork contractor
Gary Abbott spoke with Noel Kelleher to find out more about his tree and site clearance business and why Valtra tractors play an important role in the day-to-day operations.
2 November 2022 Contracting