Machinery JULY 2018 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com telehandler or a dedicated farm loader. Telehandler registration have enjoyed a strong recovery in recent years with slightly over 300 units registered in each of 2017 and 2016. The final outcome for 2018 seems likely to be even higher with 203 units registered during the first five months which is a 22 per cent increase on the same point last year. While many of these machines are no doubt engaged in construction activity there is a clear increase in their prevalence in Irish agricultural also. Wheeled loaders have also seen a strengthening level of activity during 2018 with 74 units registered to the end of May as against 85 in all of last year. The three counties with the greatest level of registrations of such machines are Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary with 13, 12 and 10 units respectively. The strong agricultural economy in these counties and the fact that over half of all registrations took place in May surely give some pointers as to what activity these machines were destined for. The FTMTA Grass & Muck site at Gurteen College has made an impressive recovery in the recent weeks Telehandler Sales Continue Growth The registration statistics issued by FTMTA to cover the first five months of 2018 show that, while registrations of new tractors continue to lag somewhat behind the levels achieved in the same period of 2018, registrations of new telescopic loaders continue at the significant levels seen in recent years. A total of 1,031 new tractors registered were registered during the January to May period which is decrease of some 6 per cent on the same months in 2017. It is notable though that, in a repeat of last year’s registration pattern, the year started with a considerable drop which has recovered as time moves on. The three counties with the highest levels of registrations to the end of May are Cork, Tipperary and Wexford with 151, 89 and 86 units registered respectively. The trend towards higher horsepower tractors continues with only very slightly over 10 per cent of all tractors registered during the period under review having 100 or less horse power and 56 per cent of the registered units having greater than 120hp. Undoubtedly, the trend toward higher powered units does have the effect of reducing the overall number of tractors sold in the Irish market as the farm machinery industry very much supplies horse power to its customer base rather than units of tractors. Another factor that has undoubtedly reduced demand for tractors somewhat over the years has been the move by many farmers to utilise a FTMTA Confirm Return to Gurteen In May 2020 Following a highly successful and very well attended FTMTA Grass & Muck event on May 17th, the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association has confirmed that the event will return to the Gurteen College site during May of 2020. The largest ever crowd seen at FTMTA Grass & Muck of nearly 12,000 visitors flocked to the Gurteen College site from early morning and no di culties with access were reported with the new car public park area along the Nenagh to Birr road proving equal to the task and the newly built farm road providing direct access from the car park to the admission area. Weather conditions throughout the buildup of the event had been, on the whole, excellent and fortunately the pleasant weather continued during the event day making things much easier on site for exhibitors and visitors. Even though FTMTA Grass & Muck has now grown to cover a substantial area, the impressive network of farm roads developed by Gurteen College over the years has made moving around the site a relatively straightforward exercise. FTMTA recognises the substantial work done by Gurteen College to support the event in this and previous years. The next public FTMTA event will the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show at Punchestown Racecourse on February 7th, 8th and 9th of 2019. Exhibitor application packs in respect of the Show will be issued by email during September to all exhibitors at this year’s FTMTA Grass & Muck and last year’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show. Any other firm interested in exhibiting at the Show should register their interest by contacting the FTMTA o ce on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie Only AerWay Aerators will increase grass yields and stocking rates without extra fertiliser. • Unique patented SHATTERTINES. • Li s and shatters tough compacted soils. • Increases air and water movement in the top layers of soil. FOR SALES CALL: • Dramatically improves soil tilth. • Compaction relief is the single most cost-effective method for boosting crop production. 50