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Forestry-spec Valtras fit the bill for Cork contractor
Gary Abbott
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.
3 August 2022 Contracting
Twenty years of Twose trimmers in the southeast
Gary Abbott speaks with Kilkenny contractor Tom Butler to find out why he’s been running Twose hedge cutters since the early 2000s.
15 June 2022 Contracting
High-hour blue and yellow heroes
For two days during the first-cut silage season, two contractors came together to move grass from the site of the World Ploughing Championships to a local dairy farmer's pit. Alistair Chambers reports
Kverneland is key for young Derry contractor
Starting out on hire last year baling a mix of straw and grass, Gary Abbott caught up with Andrew Cochrane who invested in Kverneland’s latest 6500F fixed chamber baler to hear how it performed.
4 May 2022 Contracting
New lease of life for 12-year-old combi unit
Previously running a 2004 Welger RP 235 baler inside a 2010 Goweil G5040 Kombi wrapper unit, last year Kerry contractor Pat O’Sullivan upgraded the baler to a new Goweil G-1 F125 unit.
4 May 2022 Contracting
Krone ticks the boxes for Carlow contractor
With over 30 years’ experience running foragers, Alfie Byrne has just upgraded to his third Krone harvester. He tells Peter Thomas Keaveney how his experience with Big X foragers has gone to date.
20 April 2022 Contracting
Volvo L110H – king of the clamp for Armagh contractors
Gary Abbott travelled to Poyntzpass, Co Armagh, to catch up with Willy Megaw from Ivan Megaw and Son Ltd to find out how last year’s move to a Volvo L110H has been almost 1,100 hours on.
20 April 2022 Contracting
Why reseeding is important and how to do it well
Aidan Brennan outlines the reasons for and the steps involved in reseeding.
13 April 2022 Contracting
Contractor profile: diversification is Meath brothers’ key for success
Gary Abbott met with Padraig Smith to get an insight into Smith Brothers Agri Contracting, a progressive family-run contracting business based outside Tierworker, Co Meath.
30 March 2022 Contracting
Ditch the diary: apps that help contractors cut paperwork
Gary Abbott Peter Thomas Keaveney look at two Irish examples of smartphone apps and accounting solutions to help make contractors’ lives easier when it comes to recording job information and invoicing
30 March 2022 Contracting
Machinery costing – a new approach based on fuel usage
With the rising cost of machine ownership, the breakeven cost for each operation has become more difficult, writes Michael Moroney from the Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland.
30 March 2022 Contracting
Doing more with LESS in the Rebel county
Slurry accounts for a large proportion of the workload undertaken by Cork’s Coolmona Agri, running up to three umbilical systems when needs must. Peter O’Brien spoke with Pat Murphy to find out more.
29 December 2021 Contracting