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Preparations are progressing well for the Irish farm machinery highlight of the year, FTMTA Grass & Muck 2016 at Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary (near Birr) on Thursday, May 12th.


Slurry was recently spread on the site using an umbilical system

               The trade stand area at FTMTA Grass & Muck has grown hugely over the years                                                            The trade stand area at FTMTA Grass & Muck has grown hugely over the years

FTMTA Grass & Muck was first held in 2010 and is now a regular biennial event run by FTMTA on alternate years to the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show at Punchestown; both events are run in accordance with the ethos of “organised by the trade for the farmer and contractor”.

It is hoped to continue to build on the success of the three previous such events in 2010, 2012 and 2014 to deliver an even more popular FTMTA Grass & Muck in 2016.  FTMTA CEO, Gary Ryan commented that the Association is pleased to once again use the excellent facilities and central location of Gurteen  College which has proven to be a such successful site for this event in the past.

The focus at FTMTA Grass & Muck is very much on working machinery with ongoing demonstrations throughout the day in the grass harvesting, reseeding, silage pit, slurry spreading and farm yard manure spreading areas. A large trade stand area for non demonstrating exhibitors will also be provided in a central position at the event.

The event has proven very popular with exhibitors and the Irish farming public alike with approximately 9,500 visitors in 2014. The 2016 event should prove to be even more popular due to the launch of a number of new grass machines and ranges such as the McHale mowers and Malone rakes and tedders.


 The silage pit demo is always popular at FTMTA Grass & Muck    McHale always put on a great show at FTMTA Grass & Muck

FTMTA Grass & Muck 2016 promises to be another high calibre and professionally organised event from the FTMTA. Approximately 40 of the exhibitors will be active in one or other of the demonstration areas. Demonstrations of various types and brands of silage making equipment will be conducted by over 25 firms on in excess of 80 acres of grass with a number of loader brands demonstrating at the silage pit. There will also be a number of exhibitors demonstrating a variety of slurry and dung spreading equipment on maize stubble and grass ground with a number of other firms demonstrating reseeding equipment on a plot of tilled ground.

The trade stand area continues to grow considerably at this event with nearly 100 trade stands this year, exclusively focussed on agriculture. Exhibitors will showcase a wide range of products from many brands of tractors, farm machinery and accessories to animal care products, seeds and agro chemicals. In keeping with the FTMTA ethos only stands from genuinely agricultural focussed businesses are excepted.

Notwithstanding the very significant trade stand area, this event is all about the demonstration of working machinery. The demonstration plots will give farmers and contractors the best opportunity to assess the many machines in action.  This is a unique opportunity to see a wide range of the latest technologies in silage and grass management machinery in operation in Ireland and a variety of new machines from some new suppliers as well as the more established exhibitors will be in action on the day.


The New Holland demo is always a big attraction at Grass & Muck 

                                         The New Holland demo is always a big attraction at Grass & Muck.