Poettinger Ireland report a good 2014 kick

January 19th, 2014

Pottinger Ireland begin the year with a good momentum from 2013,  After a successful run of open evenings in November and December  we have been busy following up leads ,  Customer can see the quality produced by poettinger, and through our revived dealer network customers are realising value for money explains Sean Fitzgerald area sales manager for Poettinger Ireland,

We are seeing a big increase on all product across the range, Contractors and farmers are looking for quality and good value for money, Which is a package we have to offer, Cost of ownership is the word on everyone mind theses days, Initial cost, service costs and running costs, life span and resale value, with all theses considered we are market leaders explained Sean.

Southern Ireland is service by a mixture of previous Poettinger dealers Atkins in Cork, Nunans in Limerick, Gray agri in Waterford, Springmount in Wexford, and also we are proud to have appointed two new high-profile dealers Suirway Farm Machinery in Carrick on Suir and WR Shaw in Tullamore, Our new dealers have hit the ground running its fair to say by offering their customers excellent deals to get our product out there and working. With contractors and farmers seeking value, reliability and quality workmanship Poettinger is the brand says Sean,


Glanbia remove growth levy

January 18th, 2014


 IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said he welcomed the decision by the Glanbia board to do away with the 2c/l levy which was to be applied to all ‘growth’ milk on expanding dairy farmers post 2015.  He said he saw the decision as a recognition that the growth milk would go into higher value markets, benefiting all producers, whether or not they decide to expand. 

“IFA is in principle supportive of fair, negotiated and well-structured financial contributions from farmer shareholders to the development of their co-ops.  However, I see this move as a positive one, which should help reduce the cost of expansion for Glanbia producers,” he said.
Mr O’Leary also said the decision by Glanbia to create a €5m volatility fund, to be paid out in its entirety within 2 years, was a worthwhile initiative.  “I intend to meet Glanbia very soon to discuss the details and mechanisms of this proposed scheme.  To gain farmers’ confidence, it needs to be totally transparent, and cannot be allowed to muddy the waters on milk prices. GIIL must at all times return the best possible price from the market place,” he concluded.

New Suckler Payments of 80€ per Cow

January 18th, 2014


 IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said the new beef data and genomics scheme announced by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney this week of €52m per year, amounting to a payment of €80 per cow on 650,000 calved cows, is a positive move for suckler farmers.

He said IFA had lobbied hard for a strong targeted payment for suckler cows and it will be a real challenge to stabilise the valuable national suckler cow herd.
Henry Burns said, “It is essential that any costs associated with participation in the scheme are kept to an absolute minimum, and the maximum income gains are leveraged from the benefits of genomics for suckler farmers as quickly as possible”.
The IFA Livestock leader said it is very important that the new agri-environment scheme (GLAS) of €5,000 will be available to all suckler farmers and not limited by excessive restrictions and conditions.
Henry Burns said a large number of suckler farmers are operating on very marginal land with very low incomes and do not have options on changing enterprise. “The reality is direct payments make up over 100% of net income and Minister Coveney must continue to work on strongly supporting the sector.”

€100/hd wiped off cattle prices

July 28th, 2013

A month-long price slide has wiped up to €100/hd off cattle prices in the marts and almost double that at the factories.

Livestock farmers suffered a double blow this week as the sheep trade also took a battering after a price collapse in Britain.

A €5/hd cut in lamb prices at the factories had an immediate knock-on effect at the marts, as prices fell by €10/hd.

The price slump has come at a critical time just before many of the annual weanling sales kick off around the country.

One of the first of the weanling sales this year at Castleisland saw a reduced entry and a significant fall in prices.

“Farmers can’t believe how much prices have come back by in the last three weeks,” said Castleisland Mart manager, Richard Harnett.

R-grade weanlings averaged €1.80-1.90/kg, while the best types were making €2.20-2.75/kg. Read the rest of this entry »

Pottinger 45S plus in action

July 28th, 2013

Poettinger 45S Plus in action with the optional traction control module, With this option the weight of the servo 45S mounted plough is transferred from the plough to the tractor, Force transmission means the load is always on the wheels when the plough,s ground hugging system is optimally adjusted,

Slip and the damaging compaction caused by the rear wheels are therefore reduced, This ensures optimum tractor work and fuel efficiency. The trigger pressure can be adjusted from the tractor. The pressure remains the same even at the headland

For more information contact

Poettinger Ireland 052 6125763,   Sean Fitzgerald 087 6770325, David Osborne 086 7813393,

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Banks Requested to be more flexible towards Farmers

July 4th, 2013

Banks have been requested by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to take a flexible approach towards extending credit to their farmer customers, arising from recent weather-related difficulties.

In a written reply to a Dáil question by Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness he said he was acutely aware that some farmers may be having short-term difficulties in managing their borrowings.
Along with his officials, he said he was in regular contact with farm bodies,  national banks and the Irish Banking Federation concerning credit and indebtedness matters relating to farmers.
“The banks have responded to my call for understanding and flexibility and indeed have issued advertisements in national media telling farmers that they are willing to provide short-term facilities to deal with the feed issues,” he said.   Mr Coveney said in terms of the medium-term trends of indebtedness in agriculture, Central Bank data indicates that the total stock of farm borrowing has been largely stable since the end of 2011.
It had fallen by €1bn from its peak of €5.2bn in early 2009 to its current level of approximately €4.2bn. This recent reduction and subsequent stabilisation of indebtedness was positive.
But it was also important to highlight that financial indebtedness can also be alleviated by improved productivity, enhanced skills and higher prices. Mr Coveney said he will continue to meet regularly with relevant parties, including the Banking Federation. He said he will continue to impress upon the lenders the importance of being proactive and flexible with the farming sector in addressing credit-related matters.

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Non-Stop Ploughing with Pottinger

June 30th, 2013

Despite the trend in Ireland towards min-till, in many cases the plough is still the most suitable implement. In the case of tight crop rotation it creates reliable conditions for growth. Even when there is an increased pressure from pests, disease or weeds, the plough helps to ensure soil health. Pottinger recognises the importance of the classic tillage implement, which is why they continue to invest in plough development,

Pottinger ploughs are unique

Correct plough settings mean perfect, satisfying ploughing. With poettinger, the plough is simple and easily adjusted to tractor and soil conditions using the SERVOMATIC setting system. Different working conditions and soil structures require tractive powers, With hydraulic SERVO plus furrow – width adjustment the plough is always precisely matching to soil conditions. Optimum tractor power and fuel efficiency and ploughing at all times. SERVO NOVA plough with stone protection gives maximum reasurance and non stop ploughing. This system has a clever triggering pressure system. The leg does not trip until the set resistance pressure has been reached. Then the pressure required to trigger the leg reduces as the leg rises, this protects the whole plough. On re-penetrating the soil the pressure increases – for reliable penetration on heavy and dry soils,


Tesco to promote Irish Beef in Britian

June 30th, 2013

Tesco has refused to confirm that it is changing its beef labelling requirements to let more Irish cattle be sold to British finishers for the retail trade.

It was reported last week that the retailing giant had approved an ‘Irish-born, British-finished’ label to be used on meat from all Irish cattle sold into Britain.

It would represent a major boost for Irish beef farmers, given that steer prices are currently €140/hd higher in Britain.

A spokesman for the British retail giant was only prepared to state thatTesco was “unable to verify” reports that it was changing its labelling policy.

Meanwhile, the ICSA is pushing hard to get a major ferry company to lay on a boat from Rosslare to Britain to facilitate the export of cattle.

ICSA beef chairman Edmond Phelan said that the reports that Tesco was open to more Irish-born beef on its shelves has opened up potential demand for all kinds of cattle, including forward stores.

“We have got very good feedback from one major player in the ferry business who are  seriously considering a change in the long-standing policy that has effectively banned the  live export of cattle from the Republic to Britain,” said Mr Phelan.

“The recent fodder crisis demonstrates that we need options when the potential to finish cattle here is limited by the lack of reasonably priced cereals and by-products,” Mr Phelan added.

“Without a major expansion in live exports, the suckler herd will not be able to maintain higher numbers being currently experienced.”


Irish Independent

Every farmer in the country is being encouraged to fill out a fodder census form next Tuesday, July 1.

June 20th, 2013

Teagasc is spearheading a national fodder census to assess the potential forage deficit on farms for the winter of 2013/2014.

Every farmer in the country is being encouraged to fill out a fodder census form next Tuesday, July 1.

The aim of the census is to help farmers identify any potential fodder problem on their farm as early as possible and then tackle the issue head-on.

Teagasc nutritionist Siobhan Kavanagh said experience had shown that farmers who fared best in the fodder shortage of last spring had been those who acted early to preserve scarce silage stocks during the winter.

Early indications are that the country could be as much as 30pc short of fodder next winter and all farmers are being advised to increase their stocks by 10-20pc above normal.

When the form, left, is completed, farmers will know whether they will have a shortage or surplus of silage.

Teagasc advisers and private agricultural consultants are available to help farmers to fill out the census forms, if necessary.


Teagasc can provide an alternative form for farmers who produce or buy in other crops such as maize silage, wholecrop silage or fodder beet.

Where farmers find they will have a shortage of feed for next winter, they will need to take several steps on the farm.

These include reducing feed demand by selling off cull and empty cows, selling store cattle and finishing cattle on concentrate and minimal silage.

To maximise grass growth on farms, farmers are advised to apply 20-30 units of nitrogen to grazing ground and remove surplus grass as bales, where possible.

Other options for farmers include buying standing crops of silage, bales or pits of  silage.

Buying in extra concentrate or buying in alternative forages such as maize silage, wholecrop cereal silage or fodder beet is another option.

Dr Kavanagh urged farmers not to panic-buy feedstuffs to fill the gap and consult an agricultural adviser before making a decision.

All farmers are being encouraged to complete the form (left) and, if necessary, consult with agricultural advisers.

A second fodder audit is planned for October 1.


Irish Independent

Poettinger Lead the Way in Quality Clean Grass Silage

June 13th, 2013

Poettinger Ireland held a Grassland Show on the farm of Johann and Gaesa Hoff in Talbot Hall, New Ross, Co Wexford last week, The theme of the show Clean Forage saw a working display of the wide range of Poettinger grassland Products. Several hundred visitors over the two days had the opportunity to see mowers including the impressive Novcat X8 collector, fitted to a Fendt 720  and working at 10km, averaging 12 acres per hour. Followed but the new Poettinger HIT 10.11  ten rotor trailed tedder. Area sales manager Sean Fitzgerald was eager to explain that we are seeing the future of grass silage harvesting in Ireland, Quality clean forage is the future and Poettinger Ireland want to take this message to Irish farmers he explained, “Irish farmers are living in the best grass growing country in the world, yet we make the poorest grass silage and we compensate with mixtures of expensive rations”, he said, “We face more extremes in climate changes, possibly longer winters and after this winter, storage of quality forage  has never been more important”

Thomas Reiter head of Product Development addressed an evening forum and began by asking “How Low Can You Mow” This is the thinking Irish farmers need to adjust too, how low can I mow , how clean can I ted and rake , grass condition, when is the highest quality, can we increase the window for harvesting, can we adjust from a one cut system to a two or even three cut system, can we do this and reduce costs, Poettinger Ireland says yes we can and we want the opportunity to explain this to every Irish farmer says Sean

Poettinger products are designed and developed to produce clean forage, our mower range with slim poettinger cutterbar is equipped with quick change blades as standard, superior floatation and ground hugging capabilities explained Sean.  The poettinger Hit Tedder range on display in New Ross featured the new Hit 10.11 with lift matic Plus is unique in the market. Before being raised, the rotors are positioned horizontally using a hydraulic cylinder and then lifted. This ensures that the tines do not scrape against the ground.The forage remains clean and the sod is protected says Sean,  Raking is also extremely important correct setup of any Rake is only possible with a lead wheel in front on the rotor, all Poettinger Rakes sold in Ireland are fitted with Multitask wheels, again this is to produce clean forage free of clay and foreign objects,

Our loader wagons are world market leaders say Sean and the reason we are market leaders is evident throughout our loader wagon design, our cam steered pickup, Pendular hinged pickup, rotor design offering smooth energy saving penetration of the crop, New Auto Cut sharpening sold for the first time in Ireland this year, Easy move pivoting knife bank and automatic loading the list goes on say Sean, We have a loader Wagon to suit every farmer and contractor and we want the opportunity to increase the incomes of our customers,

Sean finished by saying ” If you want to know how good Poettinger products are just ask our customers”