Ireland's Farm Machinery Website

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FTMTA President, Mr. Graham McHugh, Introduction

“To promote the highest standards of professionalism in the farm machinery industry”

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I wish to thank my fellow members of the Executive Council of the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) for selecting me to continue as President of our Association for a second year. I look forward to the challenge of 2018 in terms of continuing the progress that the FTMTA wishes to make in order to benefit the members of the Association.

I would also like to thank the members of the Executive Council for their significant commitment to our Association and industry on a voluntary basis. We have been pleased to welcome an additional Council member this year in the person of Mr. Colin Bell of Same Deutz-Fahr. If you would be interested in becoming a Council member please contact one of the existing members of Council.

A special thanks to our Chief Executive, Gary Ryan, and his staff of Angelika Olewinska and Conor McGuinness for making my job as President easier. They put a tremendous commitment into the running of the Association and it is very much appreciated.

As a trade association the objective is to provide services to the members which are of benefit to them in the running of their business. The Association needs its members to be successful in the running of their business, this ultimately leads to a more professional and sustainable trade which we can all be a part of. In 2017 we have increased the number of members of the association by 10% and we intend on continuing this growth of members throughout 2018. With the move to more sophisticated tractors and machinery by all manufacturers it is important for the agricultural industry in general that the farm tractor and machinery trade is able to support the farming sector in maintaining and developing its efficiency with regard to the mechanisation of farming.

Tradeshows Update

In February 2017 the FTMTA Farm Machinery show in Punchestown was our most successful trade show in all ways, the largest exhibition area, largest number of exhibitors and the largest number of visitors. Building from that successful show we are looking forward to another successful FTMTA Grass and Muck event on May 17th 2018. We are also expanding this show and we will have an additional 15 acres of grass demonstration area in use allowing for more exhibitors and larger demonstration plots. FTMTA Grass & Muck will be the flagship event for the Irish farm machinery industry in 2018 and we are grateful for the ongoing support of our exhibitors and visitors as well as that of our hosts at Gurteen College. At recent shows we have been working more closely with Enterprise Ireland in helping to promote our manufacturing members in terms of developing their export business. It is our intention to continue to work with Enterprise Ireland over the coming shows to progress this promotion of our Irish manufacturer members.

FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction

In September 2017 we ran our first FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction at which FTMTA members only were allowed to enter machines. The auction was very successful and we will run a similar event again in 2018 developing the concept based on the experience gained from the first auction. This event provides members with an important additional outlet for the marketing of their stock and it also helps to provide an indication of real market values of various types of second hand machines.

Be a part of a stronger farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.