New appointment to Ireland’s farm machinery trade body
Colin Bell of Same Deutz-Fahr UK, which is itself a member of the association, has joined the executive council of the FTMTA (Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association).
He was elected to the association’s executive council position at its AGM (Annual General Meeting).
Bell is a graduate of CAFRE (College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise), Greenmount Campus, in Co. Antrim. He took up the position of Same Deutz-Fahr’s area sales manager – covering Ireland – two years ago. He had previously amassed over a decade of experience in the agricultural machinery industry.
More dealers join the association
At the association’s September meeting, the executive council admitted a further three companies to the membership of the association.
Gary Brogan Tractors is based at Shanagarry, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick on the main Limerick to Killarney road. The business is a dealer for Landini tractors, as well as Fleming, Bomford and Hardi equipment.
Colemans Millstreet is a long-established New Holland dealership, located at Minor Row, Millstreet, Co. Cork. The business is led by John Coleman.
Kerry Tractors Ltd is located at Carrigeendaniel, Tralee, Co. Kerry. The business, led by Don Holland, is a dealer for Massey Ferguson, Krone and Amazone.
According to the FTMTA, its executive council believes that growing membership and ongoing recruitment of additional members “greatly strengthens the association in promoting and supporting a professional and viable farm machinery industry – to the advantage of the trade and its customers”.
The development of the membership base, to be more widely representative of all aspects of the sector, has been “a priority for the association in recent years”.
As more lots continue to be consigned to the first ever FTMTA farm machinery trade auction, the advice from the association to members considering selling machines or parts at the auction is to book them in as early as possible.
Interest in the auction, to be held in conjunction with Paul Cooke Auctions, at Punchestown Event Centre near Naas on Saturday, September 30, has been “very strong so far”, according to the association.