In pictures: tractors in festive parade of lights raise €8,500
The fundraising work started by the late Charlie McCann for sick children lived on during a tractor run at the weekend, writes Diarmuid O'Reilly.

The Active Agri Association held a memorial parade of lights on Saturday in Killinkere, Co Cavan, in honour of one of its founding members, Charlie McCann.

The spectacular tractor run was in aid of the children’s ward at Cavan General Hospital.

Over 100 tractors registered for the run, all decorated with fairy lights, Christmas trees and tinsel.

The Active Agri Association's parade of lights tractor run in Killinkere, Co Cavan.

Charlie McCann was one of the group's founding members but sadly passed away earlier this year.

He held a very big role in many of the events the Active Agri Association organised in the past, such as last year's 32-County Bale Challenge.

The Active Agri Association's parade of lights tractor run in Killinkere, Co Cavan.

The tractor run kicked off at 12pm for registration until 4pm, with live music from local bands.

The parade of tractors then started its two-hour long journey at 4.30pm, making its way through the local towns, meeting Santa Claus along the way.

The Active Agri Association's parade of lights tractor run in Killinkere, Co Cavan.

An estimated €8,500 has been raised from the charity event and will be given to the children’s ward at Cavan General Hospital in the coming months.

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Pottinger appoints Atkins to take charge in the Midlands
Pottinger Ireland has recently appointed Atkins Farm Machinery Birr as its new dealer for the region.

Pöttinger Ireland, the Clonmel based, wholly owned subsidiary of Pöttinger Landtechnick, Austria, has appointed Atkins Farm Machinery Birr as its new dealer for the midlands.

Atkins Farm Machinery Birr takes over the dealership from Portumna Agri, run by the Shaw family, which also owns New Holland dealership WR Shaw of Tullamore.

Atkins Farm Machinery has operated from Cork since 1878 and the company was incorporated in 1903.


The appointment of Atkins Farm Machinery Birr sees all of the Atkins Farm Machinery depots offering the full Pöttinger grassland and tillage range of equipment.

“Atkins Farm Machinery are recognised for offering a personal service to their customers and this new appointment is key to supporting our existing and growing customer base in the midlands of Ireland,” said Diarmuid Claridge, managing director of Pöttinger Ireland.

Mark Wolfe, managing director of Atkins, said: “Our Birr branch, which doubles up as a retail business for Fendt and a distribution hub for Bredal and Bogballe fertiliser spreaders, opened a year ago.

“So much has been achieved in one year by a skilled and motivated group.

“The addition of the Pöttinger portfolio completes our offering by adding a tillage product line and industry leading grassland products,” he said. Atkins Farm Machinery Birr is managed by Trevor Richardson.

Bauer to introduce noise-insulated irrigation pump sets
Bauer have recently introduced a new range of irrigation pump sets for applications where an exposed diesel engine running for hours on end is likely to cause disturbance.

The mobile pump sets offer a choice of FPT engines, starting with a 4.5 litre four-cylinder engine outputting 100hp (74kW) to a 6.7-litre six-cylinder with 125hp (93kW). Fuel tanks sizes of 650, 1,000 and 1,500 litre capacity, all built around the renowned Bauer pumps. The pumps feature an electronic control panel that can be linked to the SmartRain remote control system, via Bauer’s smartphone app.

The new design has a fully soundproofed enclosure around the engine, pump and controller, which are all accessible via lockable doors. Suction and pressurised outfeed hose couplings, exhaust and emergency stop button are located on the outside of the canopy.

The optional CIM136 controller adds automatic engine speed control to maintain water pressure and an integrated modem for remote start/stop via a mobile phone.

New era for LAMMA '19
The annual LAMMA (Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association) machinery show will open its doors at the NEC (National Event Centre), the shows first time ever to be held under cover

The annual Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association (LAMMA) machinery show will open its doors at the National Event Centre (NEC) in January 2019. It will be the first time the shows has been held under cover in its history.

The NEC is located close to Birmingham airport. The move will deliver a whole new experience for visitors, with 92% of stand space sold. The 11 halls at the NEC are set to host more than 700 exhibitors, reaffirming LAMMA’s unique position as a major diary event for dairy, livestock and arable farmers, and contractors.

Group events director at LAMMA owner AgriBriefing Ltd Elisabeth Mork-Eidem said: “The new venue provides a professional, comfortable, indoor venue that is appropriate for this key event in the agricultural calendar.”


The LAMMA Innovation Awards will be relaunched at the NEC. This competition champions agricultural machinery, equipment and services innovations, with the medal winners announced in a number of days time.

The first LAMMA show at the NEC will take place on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 January 2019. Entry is free but you must register online. Doors open from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Tuesday and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Wednesday.