John Deere updates 5R Series tractors for 2019

18 Jan , 2019  

John Deere has announced several updates to its 5R Series tractors from 90 to 125hp, designed to increase their versatility and suitability for small and medium sized livestock and arable farms. To improve their connectivity for precision farming operations, from spring 2019 the tractors will be available AutoTrac and ISObus-ready. JDLink telematics will also be […]


Claim of better times ahead for Forestry & Timber processing

15 Jan , 2019  

The forestry and timber processing sector is amongst those whose full potential in terms of job creation, land development, farm economics and environmental planning has yet to be fully grasped by the public generally. That is the view of one leading supplier to the industry, Komatsu Forest equipment distributor, McHale Plant Sales of Birdhill and […]



Building for the future

11 Jan , 2019  

Tommy Guing Construction Ltd specialises mainly in the agricultural building sector, but their reputation for providing an excellent service through quality workmanship has saw them expand into other areas. Not only are they are dedicated to the agricultural industry but another sector that they have become more involved in is the equine industry. A family […]


Tuam Mart’s stock continues to rise

10 Jan , 2019  

With top quality stock regularly on offer and exceptional prices paid only, Tuam Co-Operative Livestock Mart continues to prosper. Irish Tractor & Agri caught up with long-serving manager Marion Devane to find out what a typical working week looks like. When Marion Devane first walked through the doors of Tuam Co-Operative Livestock Mart to start […]


The price is right with spruce foresight

9 Jan , 2019  

During the course of four decades of sterling service to Coillte, Mick Power has provided invaluable assistance to the countless Irish farmers and landowners who are growing private plantations nationwide. We touched base with the amiable Kilkenny man to find out more. At the 2018 RDS Spring Agriculture & Forestry Awards, Andrew O’Carroll from Kilkenny […]


GP Pigs: into the future

8 Jan , 2019  

The number of pig farmers in Ireland has dwindled considerably over the years and it is now believed that there are only 280 pig farmers operating here. The main reason for this is the volatility of the market and how uncertain pig prices can be. Last year, was a better year than normal price wise, […]


A rewarding education experience for students

7 Jan , 2019  

The working farm at Gurteen College provides students with the opportunity to hone their practical skills in modern farming practices under the supervision of experienced Farm Manager Ken Flynn. A leading provider of Agricultural Education, Gurteen College is centrally located just off the N52, 12km from Birr, Co Offaly, and 25km from Nenagh, Co Tipperary. The […]


Merlo & Komatsu feature on McHale Plant Sales stand at FTMTA Punchestown Show

3 Jan , 2019  

The position of importance Merlo holds within the McHale Plant Sales model mix will be underlined at the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show (Punchestown, February). Featured units will be a TF35.7-115 Turbofarmer model, displayed alongside a P27.6 Plus unit from the compact end of the Merlo model spectrum. Aimed at agricultural contractors and farm owners alike, […]



John Green’s vision bears fruit

20 Dec , 2018  

Greens Berry Farm in Gorey, County Wexford is a fruitful family enterprise that has been synonymous with quality growth for the past two decades. We travelled to the sunny south east and met up with the personable founder to get an insight into this remarkable success story. NSAI and Bord Bia approved since 1996 and […]


John Deere wins two silver medals at SIMA

19 Dec , 2018  

John Deere’s research and development work has been rewarded with two silver medals at the SIMA 2019 show, which will be held in Paris from 24 to 28 February 2019. Machine Dashboard is the latest remote diagnostic tool developed by the company. This dealer tool is part of the John Deere Connected Support initiative, designed […]