SHOWSEASON HAS ARRIVED WITH A BANG
SPRING show season has arrived with a bang. Punters are in good spirits despite the bad weather, with standholders at the Cavan Farm Machinery Show reporting a good start to the year for tractor sales.
While the exact figures were unavailable at the time of going to press, dealers suggest numbers are on a par with or slightly ahead of last year.
Most of the big tractor brands now have arrangements in place with banks for financing.
This seems to have broadly ironed out the difficulties seen in getting deals over the line a few years ago, but some banks are still easier to deal with than others.
From talking to exhibitors at the show it seems interest in grass equipment is also strong.
Zero grazing machines and mounted mowers are doing especially well.
A quieter year is expected for 2014 combine sales, but this is hardly surprising given that 75 new combines were sold in the country last year.
It’s hard to predict, but realistically the market this year is likely to be around the 35 to 40 mark.
This week, we take a look at some of the machinery highlights from Cavan.
OPTIMUM: Meath Farm Machinery showed off the new F440 range of round balers from John Deere. Designed for farmers and contractors handling up to 3,000 4ft by 4ft bales of hay, straw or silage each season, the new F440 replaces the previous 623 model, and is available in both a mid- and premiumspec
EFFICIENT: This is another machine for bringing grass to cattle, called the “Grass TechGrazer” which comes from Irish company Grass Tech. Features include offset wheels to allow travelling on soft ground and double offloading chains for quick emptying. Hanlon Machinery are agents for the Grass Tech range. Retail price is €32,500 including VAT