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MAY 2018
Machinery News
Crop packaging
manufacturer Tama
has announced the
appointment of Origin
Northern Ireland Ltd as
its major distributor in the
Origin NI is now the
distributor for the full
range of Tama crop
packaging products,
including TamaNet+
Tommy Whiteside, of
Whiteside Agri Contracts
in Greysteel, Derry, is
a contractor who uses TamaNet+ 3600. "Tama
netting has given me the peace of mind that allows
me trouble-free baling and to continue to produce
consistently perfect bales each time. It is hassle free
and maintains a tight and well packed bale in all
weather conditions," Mr Whiteside said.
Tama has made another new appointment in
sales consultant, Neil Armstrong, who has a long
involvement in the agricultural and crop packaging
business. "Working together with Origin NI Ltd, I
will be responsible for growth and development of
the business in this important part of the country,
reinforcing the benefits that come with Tama's market
leading products, designed to give the highest output
from every baler, and o er greatest crop protection,
whatever the weather," Mr Armstrong said.
BPS 2018 join the 114,000
farmers who applied online
last year
If you want to apply for the Basic Payment Scheme or transfer entitlements in 2018,
you must do so online. The process is quick and simple, and has a range of benefits
for farmers.
How do I apply online?
The Department's online application system is currently open for BPS applications
and transfers of entitlements. You can submit your application yourself, or through
an authorised agricultural advisor.
Log on to for more information
and to start your application.

If you require assistance logging on to or
registering for
please contact 0761 064424.
Brought to you by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on behalf of
the Government of Ireland
Using the Department's online
facility can be beneficial for you!
You can now apply for a range of the Department's Schemes online and avail of the
many benefits simply by applying on
Apply online for your BPS and other scheme payments
Register your calf births
Record Animal Events
Update your contact details (mobile/e-mail/eircode)
View and maintain your herd profile
Help-assisted form filing
Elimination of errors at start avoids delays
Securely view your financial statements
Works with farm management software
For more information go to
or call Online Services Helpdesk at 0741 064424.
114,000 farmers are
now online, are you?
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Neil Armstrong, Tama.
Valtra SmartTouch
picks up design award
Valtra's new armrest and user interface, SmartTouch, has won the iF Design Award.
This year, over 6,400 designs from 54 countries participated in the competition. The
winners were picked by an international jury of 63 experts.
"SmartTouch has now won both the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Award last
year. These awards are recognition of how important an easy-to-use and functional
user interface is in terms of the overall productivity of the tractor. They are also
recognition of how our long-term, focused and interdisciplinary R&D work has
created a new standard for the industry. Developing a new kind of user interface
for tractors together with a truly committed team has resulted in something that
is easy to be proud of," said Kimmo Wihinen, manager, industrial design and user
experience at Valtra. SmartTouch is a brand-new armrest and user interface
that was designed and engineered in Finland and launched in 2017. Valtra
says that both the armrest and user interface are ground-breaking in
terms of how easy they are to use, and that their development
represents the culmination of the skills of leading experts in
many fields. All the controls on the SmartTouch armrest
are logically positioned and within easy reach. Close
attention has been paid to ergonomics, user comfort,
ease of use and clarity, and even the materials were
specially selected for their intended use and to support
overall functionality, according to the company.
Valtra SmartTouch armrest.
New appointments at Tama
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