In pictures: LAMMA day one
LAMMA opened its doors for the first time in its new venue at the NEC in Birmingham on Tuesday. Peter Thomas Keaveney reports.

A significant crowd of machinery enthusiasts attended day one of the UK’s largest farm machinery and agricultural show – LAMMA, which was making its debut at the NEC in Birmingham.

Last year the show was held outdoors at the East of England show grounds in Peterborough. However, due to bad weather, day two had to be cancelled.

Exhibitors and attendees alike were more than happy with how day one of this year's indoor show turned out.

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

Check out next week’s paper to find out what new machines were launched at the show.

Malone had its full range of equipment on show, including these disc mowers.

AGCO's IDEAL combine made its UK debut at the show.

This Vector Powerdrive post driver had a mounted back-actor.

Ploeger had this AT4103 self-propelled slurry tanker on display.

The black Deutz Warrior 7250 TTV was one of the top tractors at the event.

McCormick and Landini had a very impressive stand. They showcased the X8.680.

Zetor had its Crystal HD 170 on display.

The Krone Big M 450, which was launched for the 2018 season

This Lite Trac LT350 is a universal tool carrier. It can be customised to mount various implements.

JCB had a significant display of machinery including this 435S loader.

Krone had a huge display of grassland equipment including these two foragers from the Big X range.

An Avant 640 mini loader equipped with tracks.

A Vredo Trac VT7028 self-propelled slurry tanker fitted with a 687hp Deutz engine.

In pictures: SaMASZ factory tour
A group of Irish contractors and SaMASZ dealers had the opportunity to travel to Bialystok, Poland, this Tuesday for a factory tour of the new 13ha SaMASZ production site. Gary Abbott attended.

The factory tour of the SaMASZ site took place on behalf of Egmount Agri, run by Timmy O’Brien, the sole Irish importer and distributor for SaMASZ farm machinery.

SaMASZ manufactures agricultural and municipal machinery, including mowers, rakes, tedders, snow ploughs and verge mowers, just to mention a few. The Polish manufacturers are relatively new to the Irish market with Timmy O’Brien being the first man to make it a reality.

SaMASZ is one of the few companies to manufacture its own mower beds and drive lines.

Having seen what the company had to offer at Agritechnica in 2011, Timmy was more than impressed with the build quality and soon thought to himself that there may be a market for the brand back home.

After many talks with SaMASZ, Timmy made the decision to get machines sent over where he would trial them for the season and see how they went. One season on, Timmy was more than impressed with how the mowers had no issues.

From here, Timmy grew the business. In 2014, Egmont Agri became the sole Irish importer and distributor for SaMASZ farm machinery. This move suited Timmy well due to the fact he runs a fleet of five balers and understands the importance of a quality product.

As machines are assembled, they move up the line.

Today, Timmy has five dealers throughout the country selling his equipment which is proving more and popular to customers for multiple reasons.

Both Timmy and his dealers carry a large quantity of parts as a backup service to their customers.

Components are primed before painting.

The painting process.

Years on, the customers are happy with both the SaMASZ products and the service provided by Timmy and his dealers.

Perhaps the green and white colours of the brand are ones to keep an eye on for the future.

  • Stay tuned to the Irish Farmers Journal for more on SaMASZ and Egmount Agri.
    Roscommon machinery auction set to draw big attention
    On Saturday 2 February, a clearance auction is set to take place in Roscommon with 45 lots up for grabs including two forage harvesters and a selection of tractors. Peter Thomas Keaveney reports

    A clearance auction will take place in Creglahan, Castlerea, Co Roscommon, on Saturday 2 February at 11:30am.

    The auction will be hosted by Michael Doyle Auctions on behalf of David Connolly Agri Contractors.

    A total of 45 lots will be up for grabs. This includes two John Deere self-propelled forage harvesters, a selection of tractors, three Kane silage trailers, a selection of mowers, two dump trailers, and other farm machinery.

    The tractors include two John Deeres (7700 and 6910), four Valtras (8950, 8150, T130 and a T161), a Lamborghini R5-130 and a Case CVX 130. The first viewing took place last Saturday and there will be another viewing on Friday 1 February.

    Michael Doyle said: “To date there have been a lot of enquires from all over the country and also across the water in the UK.”

    Registration for bidding numbers will take place on Friday 1 February and on the day of the auction.

    Malone add Ryalls to their dealer network
    Malone Farm Machinery, based in Co Mayo, have recently added Ryalls to their dealer network.

    Malone Farm Machinery, based in Co Mayo, have recently added Ryalls to their dealer network.

    Ryalls were appointed at the beginning of the new year, however, they were officially launched as Malone Farm Machinery agents at the Q8 Oils Spring Farm Machinery Show at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Co Cork last week.

    Based in Watergrasshill, Ryalls will be looking after the North and East Cork region.

    Ryalls are no stranger to dealing with machinery having been involved in the trade since 1981.

    In addition to selling McCormick and Landini tractors, the company are agents for a number of farm machinery brands.

    Ryalls also run a hire company, providing equipment hire to both the construction and agricultural industry.