Revving up for Grass & Muck

Cut­ting edge silage har­vest­ing tech­nol­ogy will be on demon­stra­tion at next week’s FTMTA show in Tip­per­ary, writes Derek Casey

Irish Independent - Farming - - MACHINERY -

ALL roads lead to Gur­teen Col­lege for the much an­tic­i­pated FTMTA Grass & Muck Show 2018 this Thurs­day. The bi­en­nial event has proved very pop­u­lar with the farm­ing and agri­cul­tural con­tract­ing sec­tors since it was first in­tro­duced in 2010. Some 12,000 vis­i­tors are ex­pected to at­tend this year.

Re­cently im­prov­ing con­di­tions have brought good grass growth on the Gur­teen Col­lege site, which is the largest agri­cul­tural col­lege farm in the coun­try at close to 1,000 acres. FTMTA boss Gary Ryan says the fo­cus at Grass & Muck is on work­ing ma­chin­ery, with on­go­ing demon­stra­tions through­out the day in the grass har­vest­ing, re­seed­ing, silage pit, slurry spread­ing and farm yard ma­nure-spread­ing ar­eas.

Over 20 firms will demon­strate their ranges of silage-mak­ing equip­ment across in ex­cess of 100 acres of grass­land. For the first time there will be five brands of self-pro­pelled for­age har­vesters (SFPH) in ac­tion. Fendt will be mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance at the event and the Katana is sure to at­tract much at­ten­tion. Also in ac­tion on the SFPH front will be reg­u­lars Claas, Krone, New Hol­land and John Deere.

There will be com­pre­hen­sive dis­plays from the main Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional grass ma­chin­ery man­u­fac­tur­ers and, in­ter­est­ingly, this year sees Massey Fer­gu­son tak­ing a large demo area to show­case their evolv­ing grass line.

Four brands will demon­strate their load­ing shov­els and tele­han­dlers on the silage pit and at the dung heap. The silage pit is al­ways a vis­i­tor favourite with over 8,000 peo­ple tak­ing their turn on the view­ing plat­form to watch the big ma­chines in ac­tion last time out. A new wheeled loader from Claas, the To­rion, will no doubt at­tract much at­ten­tion.

The dung spread­ing demon­stra­tions of­fer a dual op­por­tu­nity to view the spread­ers them­selves in ac­tion and also the tele­han­dlers work­ing hard to keep these hun­gry ma­chines filled through­out the day. A to­tal of seven ex­hibitors will par­tic­i­pate in the dung spread­ing demon­stra­tion with a num­ber of ma­chines mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance such as Tea­gle, Me­tal-Fach and Mar­shall.

Slurry spread­ing will take place in an ad­ja­cent area on an al­ter­nat­ing rota with dung spread­ing and will fea­ture demos from Ir­ish man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Abbey, Cross and Slur­ryKat.

Mean­while, with the in­creased fo­cus on qual­ity grass pro­duc­tion brought into sharp fo­cus in re­cent months, the re­seed­ing area is one many vis­i­tors are sure to be in­ter­ested in with demos from Poet­tinger, Dun­can Ag, Al­strong and DH Farm Ma­chin­ery. The trade vil­lage fea­tures nearly 100 stands rep­re­sent­ing agri­cul­tural-re­lated busi­nesses, in­clud­ing seed, fer­tiliser, ma­chin­ery and fi­nan­cial ser­vice providers.

Tick­ets for the event can ei­ther be bought on the day (€20) or for a dis­counted rate (€15) on­line at ftmta.ie. Peo­ple buy­ing tick­ets in this way will re­ceive an e-ticket by email.

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