NOVEMBER 2018 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com Machinery significant level of interest from first time exhibitors the Show is also in a position in 2019 to facilitate a dramatic increase in the maximum allowable size of individual stands. The increased stand size has proved popular with many existing exhibitors now opting to take much greater stand areas that were possible heretofore. FTMTA have increased the stand size to accommodate the increasing size of modern farm machinery and also the much wider product ranges than many exhibitors now need to showcase. The larger stand size and increased overall indoor area will deliver an even better Show experience for both exhibitors and visitors and will underpin the status of the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show as the flagship event for the Irish farm machinery industry. A new departure at the 2019 Show will be the Working Wonders competition which aims to attract entries from the public of tractors that are in routine use in their farming or contracting business. Entries will be tractors registered since 2000 and not newer than 2009 or with at least 10,000 hours. All tractors must be registered, taxed and insured and owned by farmers or contractors. A shortlist will be generated from online voting with the finalists to be displayed at the Show and the winner to be voted for by visitors to the Show. The winning entry will receive a very substantial prize to be used in the upkeep of the tractor and details of this prize will be announced soon. At the 2017 FTMTA Farm Machinery Show a total of nearly 170 individual exhibitors exhibited across some 14,000 square metres of indoor exhibition space in four pavilions. The exhibition area included over 210 distinct exhibits including shell stand, open stands and outdoor display areas. The 2019 event seems set to be even larger with a substantial expansion of one of the marquee pavilions planned. FTMTA welcomes new member The October meeting of the FTMTA Executive Council welcomed another member to the ranks of the Association. Barron Machinery Ltd. is a retail dealership based at Rathnure, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Founded by Seamus Barron the business is now led by his son Barry and is a dealer for the McCormick tractor range as well as for the Vicon, Quicke and Major brands among others. The dealership also provides comprehensive service and parts support. New FTMTA officers elected The October meeting of the FTMTA Executive Council elected a new President and Vice President of the Association to take office from January 1, 2019. The new FTMTA President will be Mr. James Butler of well known dealership Templetuohy Farm Machinery Ltd. and Mr. Diarmuid Claridge of Poettinger Ireland Ltd. will serve as Vice President. The current FTMTA President, Mr. Graham MacHugh remains in office until the end of the year and tendered his congratulations to the incoming officers of the Association while expressing his confidence in their ability to continue the development of the FTMTA to best represent and serve its growing membership. The FTMTA Chief Executive, Gary Ryan also extended his best wishes to the newly appointed officers and looks forward to working with them during their terms of office. 61