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Machinery
Kverneland is key for young Derry contractor
Gary Abbott
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.
Mow, bale, wrap, repeat: Kildare contractors keep it square
The large majority of wrapped bales you see around the country are of the round variety, but one Kildare contractor has bucked the trend, writes Alistair Chambers.
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.
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
Reducing fuel usage with the move to a four-rotor rake
Ahead of the 2021 silage season, Niall and Alan Dwan made the move to a four-rotor Claas 3600 Liner rake in an attempt to speed up their operation and reduce fuel usage.
20 April 2022 Farm machinery
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
2016 Fendt 936 Vario sells for €99,475 at NI auction
A dispersal auction of a Northern Irish contracting fleet was held Thursday 7 April. A 2016 Fendt 936 Vario Profi Plus model topped the sale selling at £83,000 (€99,475) plus VAT and commission.
13 April 2022 News
Teagasc warns of ‘continued financial concerns’ for farmers
“The war in Ukraine has seen price increases accelerate further, with fertiliser prices in 2022 up in excess of 200% to 250% on their 2021 level.”
13 April 2022 News
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
Teagasc warns of sharp fall in family farm incomes this year
“The war in Ukraine has seen price increases accelerate further, with fertiliser prices in 2022 up in excess of 200% to 250% on their 2021 level.”
13 April 2022 News
Employing staff in a contracting business - the legal aspects you need to know
Peter Thomas Keaveney caught up with Mary McDonagh, head of HR and Payroll Services in IFAC, to talk about employing staff in an agricultural contracting business.
30 March 2022 Farm machinery
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