‘Ma­chine of the Year’ en­tries call

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT -

The call for en­tries for the Plough­ing 2018 ‘Ma­chine of the Year’ has gone out around Ire­land.

The award is open to all ma­chines launched/man­u­fac­tured since the last Na­tional Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships. En­tries must cur­rently be in man­u­fac­ture and all ma­chines should have a prac­ti­cal use in agri­cul­ture and will be ex­hib­ited at Plough­ing 2018. NPA As­sis­tant Manag­ing Direc­tor Anna Marie McHugh said, “There was great in­ter­est with en­tries of an ex­cep­tional stan­dard in last year’s Ma­chine of the Year com­pe­ti­tion, and this is to be ex­pected again this year as the qual­ity of ma­chin­ery at the Plough­ing is un­par­al­leled, with ground break­ing dis­plays and cut­ting edge tech­nolo­gies worth in ex­cess of €50 mil­lion.” “Last year’s win­ner was the ex­cep­tional Val­tra N174 trac­tor, which the judges praised for its abil­ity to have dif­fer­ent lev­els of specifications for op­er­a­tional use and the in­tu­itive de­sign of the touch screen sys­tems.” “Fol­low­ing the Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships the Val­tra N174 has gone on to ex­pe­ri­ence phe­nom­e­nal com­mer­cial suc­cess” McHugh said. En­try forms are avail­able on the NPA web­site and must be re­turned by email to me­dia@npa.ie be­fore Fri­day, Au­gust 31.

SDF Group, which builds and mar­kets Deutz-Fahr, Same and Lam­borgh­ini trac­tors, SDF has ap­pointed Graham Barn­well as its UK and Ire­land coun­try man­ager.

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