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MAY 2019
Rural Life
MAY 2019
FTMTA adds new
The Executive Council of the Farm Tractor & Machinery
Trade Association accepted two further firms into
membership of the Association at its March meeting.
Agri-Power is a well established John Deere dealership
based near Beragh, Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Led by Noel
McCullough, the business also operates a branch in
Li ord, Co. Donegal. Paddy McGurl Ltd. is a retail business
operating at Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. The business is
led by Paddy McGurl and, while specialising in the supply
of auto and agri spares, is also active in sales of farm
machinery. The business is a dealer for Malone, Fleming
and a wide range of sprayers and fertiliser spreaders
imported by Tractamotors as well as other equipment.
The addition of these latest firms to the ranks of FTMTA
continues the e orts in recent years of the trade
association representing the Irish farm machinery industry
to grow its membership to represent the sector as
comprehensively as possible.
units registered, up from 45 a year ago. A total of 216
new telehandler have been registered during the first
three months of the year which is a 62% year on year
increase. The impressive increase is heavily driven by the
fact that 118 units were registered in January which was
a near three-fold year on year increase. Notably, exactly
50% of the total registrations thus far have been in three
counties with Meath, Cork and Wexford accounting for
49, 30 and 29 units respectively.
Wheeled loader registrations have also continued their
strong start to 2019 with March seeing a year on year
increase from 7 to 10 units and bringing the first quarter
total to 30 units up from 21 at the end of March 2018.
The fact that the main registration activity around
such machines is traditionally in the coming months
to coincide with the start of the pit silage harvesting
season indicates a good year in prospect for this market.
Bucking the trend, the backhoe loader category saw
only 1 unit registered in March versus 8 units a year
ago. The quarterly total for these machines is down by
2 units at 24 units. It must be noted that 2018 was the
best year in sometime for such registrations with 70
machines registered versus 52 in 2017 and 40 in 2016.