AgriLand was on-site yesterday (Friday, August 9) as preparations were underway for Sunday’s Tullamore Show. We spoke to Alan Douglas (pictured above) – one of the numerous dealers applying the finishing touches to tractors and machinery at the event.
This video (below) was shot by our camera-man Kevin Farrell.
Alan explained: “We’re machinery dealers; we mainly concentrate on Claas. We were Renault [tractor] dealers since 1995; those were very popular tractors in their day…and there’s still a good following for Renault tractors.
“Claas took over in 2004 and, since that, it has really developed the tractor market. They’ve expanded all the ranges; it covers all the farmers’ needs.”
He added: “In the tractor market, we’re finding – up to this year – that stock-men were buying tractors up to 110hp…which was the [Claas] 300 series. This year, we’re finding that they’re changing them for the 400 series.
“An important thing for us – as a dealer – is the second-hand tractors.
Every Claas tractor that comes in – as a trade-in – is into the workshop…and fully overhauled from one end to the other. There’s nothing spared on them; whatever they need they get.
“That’s important, because it keeps the second-hand value up…and the customer’s happy with the tractor.”
He said: “We have customers looking for good tractors all the time.”
We also spoke briefly to Robert Birney – the site manager for the Tullamore Show. In the video, he told us about the preparations undertaken thus far – noting that much of the machinery was already on-site.
He said: “Everybody knows this is a national livestock show, but we have a huge amount of machinery and equipment on-site.
The machinery has been coming in predominantly within the last week; we’ve accommodated them by putting in steel track-way…and there are gravels roadways to protect the ground.
He explained that the show has been going since 1991. He mused: “There’s everything from grandfathers to grandsons on-site – to make it happen!”
Finding your way around
Meanwhile, the organisers of the show have released a detailed map of the site, showing the locations of the various (exhibition and activity) areas.
With this map at your fingertips, you should never find yourself at a loss – wondering what direction to face or follow.
Below is a JPEG image of this site map; simply click on the image to open up a larger version.
Alternatively, if you have a suitable viewer (application) on your PC, tablet or smart-phone, we also have a PDF version.
The show’s organisers have also released a Gardaí traffic plan for the broader area, showing the locations of the various car-parks.
Below is a JPEG image of the car-park map; simply click on the image to open up a larger version.
To learn more about the events, exhibitors and entertainment at this year’s show, you can visit the Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show website.