EIMA International Agricultural and Gardening Machinery
Exhibition will take place in Bologna, Italy, on November 7-11, 2018.
Organised by FederUnacoma, the Italian Agricultural Machinery
Manufacturers Federation, this year's event aims to improve
on the record results of the 2016 event, when 2,000 exhibiting
industries, 300,000 visitors from 150 countries, and 70 official
foreign delegations attended. A FederUnacoma spokesperson said:
"Operators from every continent meet in Bologna to find out all
the news in the field of machinery for agriculture, forestry, animal
husbandry, landscaping, sector components and accessories, and
to find suitable solutions for every model of agriculture, from
the highly industrialised model of the American plains to the
specialised model of the Mediterranean area, to models on a family
scale typical of vast regions of Asia and Africa."
The 2018 edition of EIMA International will see the debut of a new
specialised irrigation and water management system exhibition,
EIMA Idrotech. This will be in addition to other specialised
exhibitions: EIMA Components, dedicated to components; EIMA
Green, dedicated to gardening and landscaping; EIMA Energy,
centred on technologies for the exploitation of bioenergy; and EIMA
MiA, dedicated to multifunctionality and land maintenance.
"The EIMA International showcase is constantly growing in terms of
exhibition area and visitors," said CEO of FederUnacoma, Massimo
"EIMA in Bologna represents the crossroads of world trade in the
agricultural machinery sector, together with the exhibitions in
Hanover, Zaragoza and Paris, consolidating Europe as the hub of
reference for the sector."
Is barley the new wheat?
Could the recent market trend whereby feed barley is now trading at a premium
above feed wheat become a future benchmark in grain prices? This could
become the new norm, according to Donal Fitzgerald, general manager of
arable seeds at Goldcrop Ltd.
"The continuing fall in cereal area being grown in Ireland and the
corresponding increase in cattle numbers has seen a situation develop where,
suddenly, access to locally produced barley is not that plentiful. There is
continued use of relatively cheap imported maize in dairy and beef diets,
mainly displacing feed wheat, which, on paper, has a slightly lower energy
content. However, there is only so much maize and wheat that can be fed
to ruminants at safe levels, hence barley is the natural default cereal in such
feeds," Mr Fitzgerald said. The end uses for barley are more varied than
wheat, hence the sudden spike in demand for what is fast becoming a scarce
commodity, he added: "Irish feed barley is used for rolling and grinding in
animal compound feeds, and Irish malting barley is needed for brewing,
distilling and roasting. The quality of our locally grown barley is far superior to
that of imported substitute and it could be the case that merchants, malsters
and millers will be competing for tonnages of barley going forward, which
should help prices on farm as well."
Mr Fitzgerald expects there will also be increased demand for straw this
harvest, on the back of a prolonged winter period diminishing existing stocks
coupled with a fall in straw supply due to decreased sowings. "The reduction in
winter barley plantings alone will result in 100,000 less 8x4x3 big square bales
of winter barley straw available in the market this harvest" he said.
Whelehan Animal Health
to distribute Soluqox
Whelehan Animal Health has been appointed Irish distributor for
Olus Plus, a company based in the Netherlands that focuses on
microbial control, gut integrity and enzyme activity to improve
the health status and efficiency of production in livestock.
"The key product currently being distributed by Whelehan
Animal Health is Soluqox, a unique balanced complex of plant
based components designed to support and protect intestinal
integrity, with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties,"
a spokesperson said. "Trials conducted in association with
Veterinary Clinic Vechtdal and Aeres University of Applied
Sciences in the Netherlands involving 200 calves compared
Soluqox to two licensed veterinary products for the control of
coccidiosis and cryptosporidiosis. Results showed no significant
difference between the results obtained from the Soluqox-treated
animals and those treated with the licensed veterinary products."
Com Menton, sales manager at Whelehan Animal Health,
indicated that there has been a very positive response from some
veterinary surgeons who supplied Soluqox to clients who had
problems with coccidiosis and cryptosporidiosis in previous
"Soluqox has the advantage of a single application of 1ml
per 50kg bodyweight between infection and the outbreak of
clinical symptoms. In a situation where it is hard to differentiate
between coccidiosis and cryptosporidiosis or where there is a
mixed infection, Soluqox is effective against both diseases," the