Valtra Valmet 8950 sells for over €55,000 at Roscommon auction
On Saturday last, 2 February, a machinery clearance auction took place in Creglahan, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. Peter Thomas Keaveney reports.

A significant crowd of machinery enthusiasts travelled to Castlerea last Saturday to watch a machinery clearance auction. A total of 45 lots were up for grabs on the day with a very high clearance rate achieved.

This tidy 1997 John Deere 7700 with 10,380 hours showing on the odometer was sold for €16,200 plus VAT and plus 3% commission.

The auction was held by Michael Doyle Auctions on behalf of David Connolly, an agricultural contractor. The machinery outfit came across as being particularly well cared for, with a number of modern classics stealing the show.

This 2012 Valtra T161 was the newest tractor up for grabs on the day. With 5,120 hours, it was unsold at €36,000.

Without any doubt the two main attractions on the day were a meticulous 2002 Valtra Valmet 8950 and a smashing example of 2002 Case IH CVX 130, both which attracted a flurry of bids.

This 14t (18ft) Kane 'classic' silage trailer sold for €7,900 plus 5% commission. There was no VAT applicable on this lot.

Other modern workhorses included a 2000 John Deere 6910 and a 1997 John Deere 7700.

Michael Doyle said: “Any lots that weren’t sold in the auction are almost all through negotiations now.”

This clean 2016 Krone 3201 mower with a grouper sold for €16,500 plus VAT and plus 3% commission.

This 2007 Valtra T130, showing 9,710 hours, was sold for €19,700 plus VAT and plus 3% commission.

This 2009 16t (20ft) Kane ‘Halfpipe’ silage trailer with a steering axle and air brakes sold for €11,700 plus VAT and plus 3% commission.

This sweet example of a John Deere 6910, manufactured in 2000, sold for €20,500 plus VAT and plus 3% commission. It had 9,000 hours on the clock

This 1997 Valtra Valmet 8150 had 13,900 hours on the odometer and was sold under the hammer for €16,500.

This meticulously cared-for Case IH CVX130 with 6,569 hours sold for €35,500 (no VAT applicable) plus 3% commission.It was fitted with front linkage and PTO and was manufactured in 2002.

This 2006 John Deere 7400 SPFH had 3,910 engine hours and 2,795 drum hours on the odometer. It sold for €39,000 plus VAT and plus 3% commission.

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.