JULY 2018 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com two hydraulic outlets (Comfort pack) and a front PTO with 1,000 rpm. All models are equipped with precise EHR-controlled rear linkages with up to 7,000 kg lifting capacity. The PTO speeds 540, 540 E and 1,000 rpm also come as a standard for the TTV models. For the Powershift models, the four PTO speeds 540/540 ECO/1,000/1,000 ECO are available. The automatic PTO system engages or disengages the PTO depending on the rear linkage position. New cab features Machinery A Challenge to Stakeholders The cab of the new 6 Series models also boasts plenty of new features. It is now mounted on innovative Hydro Silent-Blocks, that reduce up to 40% noise and vibration compared to traditional silent-block, or can be equipped with mechanical or pneumatic suspension. A unique design of the cab windows provides an excellent 360 degree view of the working area. Front and rear windows, available with an optional heated version can be opened, along with the side windows. On request, the 33,600 lumen LED package provides an all-round improvement to visibility. For maximum comfort, high visibility roof, and driver seat with pneumatic suspension, can be selected. The working area inside the cab has been designed for comfort in a large operating environment. The new InfoCenterPro with 5” colour display clearly provides all relevant information on the operating status of the tractor. It can be controlled via MMI. The new right control console is clearly structured. For the new TTV models, the main functions are clearly arranged on the new Powercom S joystick. For additional precision and functionality, there is an optional iMonitor 2 with 8” touch display and MMI control, Agrosky receiver, precision steering guidance system ‘Visual Guidance’ or the Agrosky Assisted Steering System. By Tom Murphy Professional Agricultural Contractors of Ireland At this time of the year when contractors and farmers are working flat out, I’d like to reflect on the future of the agricultural contracting sector. How do Department of Agriculture o cials who advise Government see contractors fitting into the big picture? What is Teagasc’s viewpoint and where do independent advisors stand? I could ask this question of a broad range of stakeholders including, farming groups, policy makers in Brussels, machinery manufacturers etc. I’ve attended countless meetings with these stakeholders and I can say, without fear of contradiction, that none include contractors in their strategic planning or policy making. I’ve been the only voice present for agricultural contractors and when I ask, “are agricultural contractors important/vital to the future of farming” I always get a resounding “yes”. However, still no recognition. I’ve read reams of o cial reports on the future of agriculture with not a mention of the vital role agricultural contractors will play in supporting farmers to achieve projected output. I know the IFM is read widely and the abovementioned stakeholders will no doubt come across this article. So I am challenging each and every one of them to tell me their o cial policy in relation to the agricultural contracting sector. I have been involved with agricultural contractors for over 30 years, when all those years ago I happened across a disorganised bunch of contractors without a voice. Since then, I have provided a voice, with representation in both Ireland and Brussels. The name of PAC is respected and recognised in Europe and at home for its professionalism and pragmatic approach. PAC is not a protest group moaning about anything and everything. Our professional agricultural contractors know the right price to charge to keep their businesses viable and don’t constantly criticise farmers. They know their clients and that is why over 95 per cent of farmers return to their PAC contractor every year. That said agricultural contractors can’t just carry on doing what they’ve always done. To service the ongoing needs of farmers they must embrace new technology and upskill. The time has come when we must have o cial confirmation of the role Brussels, the Government and others see for the agricultural contracting sector. No longer can stakeholders pay lip service to contractors. If contractors are expected to invest to provide the latest technology and a reliable service to farmers they must be o cially recognised and seen to be taken into the equation at every level. A quick overview of the new 6 Series models: • Six new models from 126 hp to 143 hp • Deutz 3.6 engines Stage IV • With continuous TTV or manual 5-gear Powershift transmission • Front axle suspension (optional) • Three hydraulic systems • 40% less vibration in the cab • State-of-the-art Precision Farming technology 49