Irish Independent - Farming - - Machinery -

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

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