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Clarke’s Fresh Fruit – a real success story

5 May , 2015  

When nine year old Pat Clarke received the gift of some strawberry plants, little did he know he was at the start of a journey which would lead him to becoming one of Ireland’s biggest strawberry producers with over 800 tonnes of strawberries grown last year, branching out into producing raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, and […]

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FCI chairman John Sheehy

30 Apr , 2015  

The Association of Farm Contractors in Ireland (FCI) recently elected John Sheehy as their new chairman in succession to Timmy O’Brien. John runs the family agricultural contracting business, Maurice J Sheehy Ltd, in Bruree, Co. Limerick. FCI was established two years ago by a group of farm contractors, including John, Timmy (Cork), Peter Farrelly (Meath), […]

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Serving the agricultural sector for over half a century

29 Apr , 2015  

Last year, Maxwell Concrete celebrated its 50th anniversary. The County Tyrone based company is renowned for supplying the agricultural sector with high-quality cattle slats, precast flooring and wall panels as well as a range of water troughs and collection tanks. We met up with Jonathan Maxwell to take a closer look at the success of […]

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Pig industry punching above its weight

28 Apr , 2015  

The pig production industry makes a massive contribution to the Irish economy. As the third largest farming sector in Ireland, farm gate output equated to €432m in 2012 but producers are facing constant challenges as IFA (Irish Farmers’ Association) Pigs and Pig Meat Committee Chairman Pat O’Flaherty explains. The IFA Pigs and Pig Meat Committee […]

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Breaking the mould

28 Apr , 2015  

Kerry Mechanical Engineering was founded to meet the growing market demand for the provision for high-end steel fabrication and engineering service and the jewel in the company’s crown is the KME Pan-Breaker. Managing Director Fergus O’Keeffe explains why no farmer should be without one. The KME Pan-Breaker is ideal tool to fight soil compaction, one […]

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A half century for O’Connor Tractors

23 Apr , 2015  

2014 saw O’Connor’s Tractors of Knockna-goshel reach the magical milestone of 50 years in business. Managing Director Shane O’Connor let us in on his wishes for the future as he blows out the candles on the birthday cake. O’Connor’s Tractors is a well-known family business established in 1964 by Dennis O’Connor, importing and exporting quality used […]

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A voice for the field vegetable growers

23 Apr , 2015  

The chairman of the IFA’s National Field Vegetables & Protected Crops Committee, Matt Foley talks about issues affecting members. A tomato grower based in Rush, Co. Dublin, Matt is into his second two-year term as chairman of the Committee which represents approximately 170 field vegetable growers in Ireland. The National Field Vegetables & Protected Crops […]

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Happy as pigs in muck

22 Apr , 2015  

A market leader in the supply and installation of equipment to the modern day pig farm, Phil Bennis & Son Ltd’s Managing Director Philip Bennis tells Irish Tractor & Agri why their products are very much in demand. If your agricultural business is producing for the meat trade, then you know that yield and quality […]

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Leading forestry machinery suppliers

21 Apr , 2015  

Ireland’s leading supplier of firewood processing and timber harvesting and forwarding machinery, Oakleaf Forestry has carved a niche for itself in the marketplace since its inception eight years ago. We met up with founder / proprietor Joe Litter to get an insight into the day-to-day operations at Ireland’s leading supplier of machinery to the timber […]

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Support Irish, support Rossmore

20 Apr , 2015  

As the only manufacturer of tractor front loaders in the country, Rossmore Engineering Limited are asking farmers to buy Irish. And you won’t regret it because Rossmore’s products are renowned for their reliability and quality while the interest of the customer always comes first. In existence over 30 years, Rossmore Engineering Limited is a family […]

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