FTMTA Farm Machinery Show is finally upon us
After all the build-up, the much anticipated FTMTA Farm Machinery Show is finally upon us. Peter Thomas Keaveney and Gary Abbott take a look what punters can expect at the show.

The biannual FTMTA Farm Machinery Show is taking place at Punchestown Racecourse from Thursday to Saturday, 7 to 9 February. The show will run from 10am to 6pm on Thursday and Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

Irish agents,Clarkill farming have the first Dammann self-propelled sprayer imported into Ireland at the show. It is believed that the sprayer has been sold to a Wexford based farmer/contractor.

2019 marks the 30th year since the show first opened its doors in the Simmonscourt Pavilion of the RDS back in 1989. The show later relocated to the newly built Punchestown Event Centre in 2003.

In 2017, more than 21,000 people attended the show where in excess of €29.5m worth of machinery was on display.

This year’s show is set to be the largest yet, with a 22% increase in overall covered area. In total, there will be four acres of machinery under roof with more than 170 exhibitors at the show.

Contractors aim for 5% charges lift
The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has published its Contracting Charges Guide for 2019.

The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has published its Contracting Charges Guide for 2019.

FCI is satisfied that this averaged price guide will act as a fair and reasonable guide for both contractors and farmers.

However, it must be remembered this is only a guide.

These guide figures are produced on an annual basis and are compiled by collating an average figure for each operation from a panel of FCI contractor members from across Ireland.

Because of the local differences, the actual guide charge may vary considerably between regions, across soil types, distance travelled, size of contract undertaken, size and type of equipment used as well as the amount of product spread.

This year sees contractors quoting a 5% increase in charges, rounded off in order to meet with the increases in costs of machinery and higher labour costs since the start of 2019.

Helpful

FCI chief executive officer Michael Moroney said: “FCI always advocates working out individual charges based on the cost of the operation; this guide is helpful to both contractors and farmers in highlighting a national average.”

Costs such as depreciation, finance costs and machinery purchase costs will transcend all regions.

Claasy beefed-up Torion impresses punters
Claas exhibited the Torion 1410 wheeled loader near the parade arena coupled with a large silage fork at the show.

The Torion is the first wheeled loader from Claas to be specifically designed for agricultural use.

It represents a new market sector for Claas and the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show marks its second public outing in Ireland.

The Torion is a collaboration with Liebherr, the German crane and loader giant.

The range includes 10 models with load capacities from 3.45t up to 12.4t.

The 1410 on display is powered by a four-cylinder Deere Power Systems (DPS) engine capable of turning out 155hp.

The 1410 on display is powered by a four-cylinder Deere Power Systems (DPS) engine capable of turning out 155hp.

This loader has a tipping load capacity of 9,100kg and an operating weight of 13,900kg.

Its 40km/h VariPower hydrostatic transmission features three ranges: 0–6km/h, 0–16km/h and 0–40km/h.

Will we see some of these wheeled loaders in an Irish agricultural contractor’s fleet this year?

Mean green stylish Deere attracts punters' attention
John Deere had an impressive stand at the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show but the 9600i forager stole the show.

John Deere showcased two 9600i foragers. The scale and new design features meant they attracted a lot of attention at the show.

The 9600i model is powered by a 625hp, 13.5-litre six-cylinder John Deere PSX engine, while the three larger models in the range are powered by a V12 Liebherr engine.

The 9600i model is powered by a 625hp, 13.5-litre six-cylinder John Deere PSX engine

The new forager range has a reinforced drivetrain and an improved mainframe.

The machines are also fitted with a larger crop channel with a width of 850mm, allowing them to handle a higher throughput.

The harvester is equipped with John Deere’s fully automatic ProDrive transmission.

The machine comes with a choice of 40, 48, 56 or 64 knives. It has a fuel tank capacity of 1,100 litres.

The machine comes with a choice of 40, 48, 56, or 64 knives.

The new 9000 Series foragers feature the latest forage harvesting technology.

According to John Deere, the new series will provide customers with 10% more productivity while consuming 10% less fuel, in comparison to John Deere’s current higher-spec machines.