In pictures: Irish machinery on display at LAMMA
On Tuesday 8 January, LAMMA opened its doors for the first time in its new venue at the NEC in Birmingham. Peter Thomas Keaveney reports on some of the Irish machinery that was on display.

There was a very strong contingent of both Irish exhibitors and visitors at this year’s LAMMA show. The excellent design and build quality of the Irish machinery stood out at the show, proving that Irish machinery manufacturers are on par with the best in the world.

Speaking to some of the Irish contingent at the show, they seemed to be more than happy with the move from outdoors to indoors.

Carlow-based Hi Spec Engineering exhibited at the show.

The Irish exhibitors also noted that enquires for sales were strong, despite the looming Brexit.

This year, LAMMA made its indoor debut at the NEC in Birmingham. This comes after day two of last year’s show had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Mayo-based McHale had a significant range of equipment on display.

The show was planned like a smaller version of the hugely renowned Agritechnica which takes place every second year in Germany.

Carlow-based Tanco Autowrap had its full range of equipment on display.

A total of over 650 exhibitors spread across 11 halls hosted the event which saw tractors, combines, drills, cultivation kit, slurry equipment, innovative technology and much more on display.

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Kubota teams up with Versatile to offer higher horse power
Kubota has recently entered an agreement with Canadian tractor manufacturer Buhler (Versatile) to expand its tractor portfolio.

A long-term agreement between Kubota and Buhler Industries (better known for its Versatile and Farm King brands) has been arranged. The deal allows Japanese firm Kubota to add greater horsepower tractors to its portfolio, exceeding Kubota’s current most powerful offering, the 175hp M7172.

It is no coincidence that Versatile recently launched its Nemesis series, offering tractors from 175hp to 210hp. Rumours suggest that the new Kubota series could be based around these Nemesis tractors, and this leaves us wondering if we will see the Nemesis tractors offered as an M8 series in Kubota colours? The Nemesis offers optimal value, comfort and performance to the lower end of the market, not requiring in excess of 250hp provided by its larger well-known articulated tractors. Powered by a 6.7l Cummins engine and a ZF powershift transmission, the Nemesis will start off as a three-model range. Power options include 175hp, 195hp and 210hp, with talks for a 250hp model offering a CVT transmission in the future.

In pictures: almost €34m worth of kit changes hands at UK disposal auction
Peter Thomas Keaveney reports on the Hawks auction that took place on Thursday and Friday of last week across the water in Shropshire.

In January, UK-based firm Hawk Plant Hire went into administration. The Hawk Group was one of the largest independent plant hire companies in the UK. Last week, Euro Auctions (based in Dromore, Co Tyrone) hosted a disposal sale of the firm’s agricultural assets, which amounted to over 2,000 lots. The sale took place over two days.

This 2011 registered New Holland T6050 tractor came with front and cab suspension, four spool valves and A/C. It sold for €35,242 (£30,000).

This Bailey 16 tonne twin axle trailer equipped with a sprung drawbar, hydraulic back door, and air brakes was manufactured in 2015. It sold for €18,157 (£15,500).

This 2017 Richard Western 16 tonne trailer with air brakes, a sprung drawbar and a hydraulic rear door sold for €16,986 (£14,500).

Over 1,000 machinery enthusiasts flocked to the site to witness the two-day monster auction. The auction included 130 tractors, with 119 of these tractors being made up of both M and R series John Deeres, all of which were registered between 2016 and 2018. Other tractors up for grabs included JCB Fastracs and New Hollands.

This Conor 2750R vacuum tanker with a sprung drawbar and a reversing camera was built in 2014. It sold for €10,543 (£9,000).

This 2016 CAT 313FLGC excavator on 700mm pads with a quick hitch, aux. piping and a reversing camera sold for €52,772 (£45,000).

This 2015 registered JCB 3230-65 Fastrac with front linkage, front and rear suspension, four spool valves, air brakes and A/C sold for €69,190 (£59,000).

This 2015 JCB 536-60 Agri T4I turbo powershift telehandler had Joystick Controls, PUH, A/C, and a quick hitch which was fitted with pallet forks. It sold for €44,616) (£38,000).

The Irish Farmers Journal followed the sale which took place at Hawk’s depot in Shropshire. All prices listed are applicable to 20% VAT and 2.5% commission plus VAT at 20%. Below, we profile some of the lots that sold at the auction.

This JCB 531-70 Agri super Turbo Powershift Telehandler manufactured in 2017 had joystick controls, PUH, WLI, A/C, and came with a quick hitch and pallet forks. It sold for €56,816) (£48,500).

  • 15 John Deere 6215Rs ranged from €85,758 to €109,253 and averaged €96,643.
  • Nine John Deere 6195Rs ranged from €77,534 to €96,331 and averaged €88,107.
  • 13 John Deere 6175Rs ranged from €69,311 to €90,457 and averaged €80,427.
  • 35 John Deere 6155Rs ranged from €65,787 to €91,632 and averaged €75,621.
  • Six John Deere 6155Ms ranged from €52,864 to €63,437 and averaged €57,074.
  • 20 John Deere 6145Rs ranged from €61,675 to €78,709 and averaged €68,959.
  • Six John Deere 6130Ms ranged from €49,927 to €55,801 and averaged €53,647.
  • This 2017 registered New Holland T7.315 with front linkage, front and cab suspension, air brakes, and five spool valves sold for €102,613 (£87,500).

    This 2016 registered high spec John Deere 7250R equipped with a 50K AutoPower transmission, Greenstar ready, front linkage & PTO, TLS, cab suspension, four spool valves and air brakes. It sold for €98,508 (£84,000).
    This Richard Western 16 tonne silage trailer air brakes, a sprung drawbar and a hydraulic rear door was built in 2014. It sold for €18,743 (£16,000).

    This 2017 registered John Deere 6175R was Greenstar ready and had a 50K Auto Quad transmission, front weight, TLS, cab suspension, three Spool Valves, and air brakes. It sold for €89,258 (£76,000).

    This JCB 535-95 Agri Super telehandler, registered in 2017 and fitted with a powershift transmission came with joystick controls, PUH, WLI, A/C, and pallet forks. It sold for €66,774 (£57,000).

    This 2016 registered John Deere 6175R c/w 50K Auto Power transmission, front linkage, front weight, TLS, cab suspension, four spool valves and air brakes. It sold for €90,456 (£77,000).

    This 2016 registered John Deere 6155R c/w 50K Auto Quad transmission, a Quicke Q76 front loader, TLS, cab suspension, three spool valves and air brakes. It sold for €66,961 (£57,000).

    This 2016 registered John Deere 6155R had a 50K Auto Power transmission, front linkage and PTO, TLS, cab suspension, three spool valves and air brakes, It sold for €91,631 (£78,000).

    This 2016 registered John Deere 6145R came with a 50K Auto Quad transmission, front weight, TLS, cab suspension, three spool valves, air brakes and A/C. It sold for €75,184 (£64,000).

    This 2014 registered Case Puma 215 had front linkage, front and cab suspension, air brakes, four spool valves and A/C. It sold for €44,641 (£38,000).

    656 new tractors sold in Ireland in January and February
    Despite widespread uncertainty in the agricultural industry, 2019 tractor sales have gotten off to a healthy start. Peter Thomas Keaveney reports.

    From the start of January to the end of February this year, a total of 656 new tractors were registered in Ireland. According to the FTMTA, this is a drop of only five units or less than 1% on the 661 units registered during the same period of 2018.

    As would be expected, the majority of these machines were registered during January with 443 units in comparison to the 213 registrations in February. The February 2019 new tractor registrations represented an 8% increase on February 2018.

    The three counties with the highest levels of registrations so far this year are Cork, Tipperary and Wexford with 82, 72 and 54 units registered respectively to the end of February. Leitrim saw the lowest level of registrations, with three new tractors registered so far.

    FTMTA chief executive Gary Ryan said: “Beyond the high levels of units registered in the top three counties, there is a healthy spread of new registrations across the county.”

    The trend towards higher power tractors in the Irish market is continuing to grow. A total of 94% of all new tractors registered during the first two months of the year were in excess of 100hp. Figures also show that 56% of new tractor sold were over 120hp, while 29% were over 150hp.