20,000 expected to visit FTMTA machinery show

Some 20,000 people are expected to visit the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) show, which runs from Thursday February 5 to Saturday February 7.

The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show is Ireland’s largest farm machinery event and the largest indoor agricultural event in Ireland. According to the FTMTA, the Show will be the flagship farm machinery event to be held in Ireland in 2015 and will feature exhibits from the leading farm machinery manufacturers, both national and international, active in the Irish market.

Gary Ryan, FTMTA Chief Executive said that he expects the 2013 visitor numbers of 18,000 to be surpassed this year.

This year’s show, which takes place at the Punchestown is overbooked with a waiting list for exhibitors.

The Show opens to the public at 10am each day and closes at 6pm on Thursday and Friday and at 5pm on Saturday. The organisers have continued the inclusion of a Saturday in the Show with the intention of making Ireland’s premier farm machinery event more accessible to part-time farmers and others who may find it difficult to attend on a weekday.

The Show will comprise three exhibition pavilions totalling 11,500sq metres of indoor, heated, exhibition space as well as the largest ever area of outdoor displays. Over 130 exhibitors will exhibit across nearly 160 indoor stands and over 30 outdoor display areas.

The Health and Safety Authority will be present to draw attention to the ongoing issue of the safe use of farm machinery and the Road Safety Authority will be on hand to answer questions in relation to the revised standards regarding road use of agricultural vehicles.

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