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The FTMTA Grass & Muck show is a biannual event which focuses on the live demonstration of the latest farm machinery on a working farm at Gurteen College, Tipperary, located 10 minutes from the town of Birr, Offaly. It is a one day show which was born by the demand for a high quality demonstration event from exhibitors who already participate with the association at our flagship event the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show in Punchestown, Kildare. FTMTA Grass & Muck runs on alternate years to the FTMTA Farm Machinery show in order to meet the demands of exhibitors yet not exhaust the market.

The show’s inception was in May 2010, starting from humble beginnings the shows initial success caused it to grow substantially from covering approximately a 30 acre site to dramatically increasing its demonstration area to over 110 acres and with just over 11,900 visitors in attendance in 2018. In the epicentre of the site lies the trade village which has also grown from an initial 40 exhibitors to in recent years being host to in excess of 100 static trade stands.

Grass demonstration plots spread over the 110 acre site host the latest in up to date and innovative grass technology. Almost all of the major manufacturers with a presence in the market here in Ireland and the UK participate at the show creating an awesome spectacle of machinery.

The site also contains an area which specifically deals with slurry and dung application. Here visitors can view a wide range of brands, methods and the most up to date technology being demonstrated in the realm of slurry and dung application.

 

With grass production and management becoming so important within the agricultural sector Grass & Muck have a dedicated grass reseeding area. Similar to the dung and slurry demonstration area, visitors can view, contrast and compare the wide range and methods of grass reseeding technology on offer within the Irish market. This section of the show has grown substantially in recent years with the wide range and ever evolving array of options now open to farmers to improve their swards.

The Silage pit at Grass & Muck has always been a popular destination on site for visitors with a large number of different makes and models of loading shovel being demonstrated working the large pit at Gurteen college. The area in recent years has also seen companies with other pit related items demonstrating and show casing there products to include additives, silage covers and other treatment products used to enhance silage quality.

Grass & Muck would not be possible without the FTMTA’s close partnership with the staff and management at Gurteen College who also use the opportunity to showcase their state of the art facilities. The college incorporate a beef and sheep rearing operation alongside its ever expanding dairy enterprise. The latest expansion has seen the completion of a new 114-head cubicle shed, which includes a modern calving unit along with a 30-unit swing-over DeLaval milking parlour). The college take the opportunity of Grass & Muck to attract potential students to enrol in some of the courses offered by the college.

The FTMTA Grass & Muck Show is underpinned by the ethos that it is organised by the trade for the farmer and the contractor and the Association believes that this is what has driven the success and growth of the Show over the years. In keeping with this philosophy, exhibitors must be genuinely agricultural focussed businesses and there is no duplication of exhibits or sub letting of stands permitted. Most of the leading national and international manufacturers active in the Irish market have a presence at the Show with manufacturer personnel and product experts on hand to speak with visitors. The Association is grateful to the many repeat and new exhibitors who support each Show and acknowledge that it is this ongoing support that makes the Show attractive to visitors. The Show provides an opportunity for prospective buyers to view a comprehensive selection of competing machines of many various types being demonstrated and access a depth of information not available at other events.