A contractor-spec (Liebherr-based) Claas loading shovel (pictured above) has arrived in Ireland; it's currently at Gurteen College being prepped for Thursday's (May 17) Grass & Muck event.

It's one of a whole barrage of Claas machines that have already arrived on-site.

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Pictured below, for example, is a Claas tractor and wagon being readied for the event. It's just one of a plethora of forage wagons destined for Grass & Muck - from a multitude of manufacturers.

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It's worth noting that Claas will launch several new machines onto the Irish market on Thursday.

These will include the: Jaguar 970 (Type 498) with the latest pick-up reel; Volto 55 tedder; Axion 900 series (Tier 4F) tractor; and the smaller Arion 600 series (Tier 4F) tractor.

It's not just about silage equipment and tractors; slurry equipment, for example, is piling in on-site too.

Pictured below is an eye-catching tanker (wearing an unusual green livery) that will take pride of place on Abbey Machinery's stand.

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Meanwhile, the demonstration plots are being readied. Mowers - in particular - have been busy at the midlands site, which is located close to the Tipperary/Offaly border.

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Not surprisingly, the roads surrounding the college have been a veritable hive of activity. Truck-loads of equipment have been descending on the area - bringing polished machines from all corners of the country and, in some cases, from overseas.

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This aerial picture (below) was taken this week; it shows the site at the early stages of the 'build' - as machinery began to encroach on the venue. Suffice to say, it's getting increasingly built-up with each passing day.

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The site map (below) shows the locations of the various demonstration plots and exhibition areas; simply click on the image to open up a larger version.

Grass & Muck 2018 site map

Alternatively, if you have a suitable viewer (application) on your PC, tablet or smart-phone, we also have a PDF version.

Click on this link or on the button below to open it (in which you will be able to decipher all of the finer details).

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Why not download an off-line copy onto your mobile device; then you'll know where everything is - at a glance.

Thanks to MGAgri Photography and Videos for these pictures.